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Let’s Have TRUE Diversity at the US Supreme Court – No More Ivy League Law Grads for a While!

I was reading about the newly nominated Merrick Garland and wanted to know more until I read this:  Harvard grad and Harvard Law grad.


Here’s the eight remaining sitting justices and where they went to law school.

  • Chief Justice Roberts – Harvard Law School
  • Justice Kennedy – Harvard Law School (an LL.B is the same as a JD)
  • Justice Thomas – Yale Law School
  • Justice Ginsberg – Attended Harvard and graduated from Columbia
  • Justice Breyer – Harvard Law School
  • Justice Alito – He did not put in his official SCOTUS bio his education but he went to Yale Law School.
  • Justice Sotomayor – Yale Law School
  • Justice Kagan – you guessed it – Harvard Law School

And for the record, Justice Scalia went to Harvard, too!  (And who can say something good can’t come out of Nazareth!)

BUT this is a disturbing trend.  I am not convinced this intellectual elitism is good for society or the law or the country.  There are over 200 ABA accredited law schools in the United States.  They all (well, most of them – perhaps the newest ones might be still away from their first judge yet – try out this new law school in one of my favorite states – Indiana Tech Law School!  RAH for them!) have fine alums who would make great justices on the highest court in the land.  And the late esteemed former editor of National Review and a former congressman warned us about the Ivy League; yes a great jurist like Scalia can come from even Harvard Law School.

On the other federal courts the two leaders are Harvard (120) and Yale (63); U Texas Austin has the most of a non-Ivy Law School (43).

But we’ll never have diversity in the law until every newly minted law grad can hope for a seat on the highest court in the land.  My advice to President Trump:  I would seek out judges from other law schools until there is a better balance among law school grads in the federal courts.





About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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