William F. Buckley famously said that he'd prefer to be ruled by the first 100 names in the Boston telephone directory rather than the faculty of Harvard. Now that Stanford Law School graduates William Rehnquist and Sandra Day O'Connor are, dead, and resigning, we seem to be in for something of a Buckleyian nightmare.
The only non-Ivied Supreme Court Justice will be John Paul Stevens of Northwestern. If Samuel Alito is confirmed, his Yale law degree will join Clarence Thomas's on the Court.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended Harvard Law, but for some reason received her LLB degree from Columbia. Scalia, Souter, Kennedy, Breyer and Chief Justice Roberts being all Harvard Law grads.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
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