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Yale Students and Alums Launch Counter-Letter SUPPORTING Kavanaugh for SCOTUS

Yale Students and Alums Launch Counter-Letter SUPPORTING Kavanaugh for SCOTUS

“Judge Kavanaugh is eminently qualified to serve as a Supreme Court justice.”

After Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, a group of students and alums at Yale Law School wrote an open letter claiming “people will die” if Kavanaugh is confirmed.

Now, a second letter has been launched by people at Yale in support of Kavanaugh.

Teghan Simonton reports at the Chronicle of Higher Education:

… another group of students and alumni of Yale Law released a competing letter — defending the school’s language in the news release and expressing support for Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“We are proud of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, and believe that his accomplishments and qualifications speak for themselves,” it says. “We admire the Yale Law faculty who have spoken in support of Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications and commitment to the Constitution.”

This letter goes on to quote the professors and alumni in the original news release, and contains the signatures of more than 100 professors, alumni, and current students at Yale Law. The list of signatories continued to grow on Thursday.

In a statement, the school said its news release was nothing out of the ordinary: “Yale Law School is a nonpartisan institution. We routinely acknowledge high-profile nominations of our alumni. We did exactly the same thing not so long ago when Justice Sonia Sotomayor ‘79 received her nomination to the High Court.”

Here’s an excerpt from the supportive letter:

Letter from Yale Students, Alumni, and Faculty in Support of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh

We write as students, alumni, and faculty proud of our alma mater. We join Yale Law School in its praise of distinguished Yale alumnus Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Judge Kavanaugh is eminently qualified to serve as a Supreme Court justice. Judge Kavanaugh, a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, is one of our nation’s most distinguished jurists. In his twelve years of service on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, he has demonstrated a principled approach to interpreting the law. He has reached legal conclusions free of political partisanship. Judge Kavanaugh has devoted his professional life to upholding the rule of law and our Constitution.

Throughout his time on the federal bench, Judge Kavanaugh has been a valuable friend to the Yale community, visiting frequently to speak on important topics and to encourage admitted students to begin their legal careers in New Haven. More importantly, Judge Kavanaugh has been a faithful servant to his community in the Washington D.C. area. He is a basketball coach for his daughters’ teams, and a regular volunteer with Catholic Charities. As the many students he has mentored will attest, he is a person of deep conviction and integrity.

The letter includes a few testimonials from legal scholars:

“He is a terrific judge. In my federal criminal law class, I love teaching his opinions because they are smart, thoughtful, and clear. He’s also been a wonderful mentor and teacher to our students—not just to those who clerk for him, but those who meet with him during one of his many visits to Yale Law School.”
—Kate Stith, Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law

“Brett Kavanaugh has been one of the most learned judges in America on a variety of issues, ranging from theories of statutory interpretation to separation of powers.” “We are proud that he is our graduate and eager to continue to learn from his judicial opinions and scholarly publications.”
—William N. Eskridge, Jr., YLS ‘78, John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence

The left is going to lose this battle.


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caseoftheblues | July 14, 2018 at 10:29 am

The left has gone off the rails completely totally and utterly…they need to lose every battle

    Icepilot in reply to caseoftheblues. | July 14, 2018 at 11:52 am

    It’s Thelma, Louise, Nancy & Maxine without the self-awareness of Wile Coyote.

    They’re too pissed to read the sign Bill Engvall handed them.

I am curious more so how Justice Kavanaugh will vote. Closer to Roberts or closer to Gorsuch? Will he at times rule along with Justice Kagen?

    Fen in reply to natdj. | July 14, 2018 at 11:35 am

    I predict he will vote closer to Roberts. Not that I’m unhappy with his selection, but I’ve read casual remarks that indicate he has an Establishment background.

    But, full disclosure, I have a pattern of being wrong every time I make a prediction re SCOTUS. I’m at something like 0 for 15 now.

      DaveGinOly in reply to Fen. | July 14, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      He is apparently very strong on the 2nd Amendment, and that is all I can ask for. After that, nothing else really matters. Although if government manages to take our guns they can do to us what they will, so long as we have them government can only do to us that which we will tolerate and no more, regardless of what any court says.

kenoshamarge | July 14, 2018 at 11:04 am

I do believe that the hyperbolic rhetoric by the left will come home to roost. This kind of idiocy plays well with the far left and many of the leftists in academia. Not so much with the rest of us.

The attacks only highlight their unwillingness to show tolerance for anyone or anything of which they disprove. Not a good look and ultimately, IMO, a losing position.

johnnycab23513 | July 14, 2018 at 11:29 am

This says a lot about the quality of students in law schools. None of it encouraging for our future.

Too late. I already died. Again.

That leaves me with 3 lives left. I hope the Dems don’t use them frivolously. 4 were from various climate change apocalypses apocalypsies apoc- disasters. So that path is getting a bit sketchy.

Can I die in relation to a Mars colony exploration? That sounds fun.

    ooddballz in reply to Fen. | July 14, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Getting kinda used to the whole dying thing myself.

    I think I am building up an immunity. It used to take me weeks to recover, but I am managing to feel better after just a few days anymore.

      “Can I die in relation to a Mars colony exploration? That sounds fun”.

      WH Press Secretary: Today at 4:15 PM during a NASA briefing warning that “people will die” if budget cuts to the Mars First! program weren’t restored, a staffer attempted to troubleshoot an antiquated overhead projector and was electricuted. We regret the error.

      “Oh. Yay. !&##@!”.

I hear some commie libs are making fun of his first name- Brett, calling it too preppy. I also understand Brett Favre will be changing his first name to Johann.

50+1 support.

It strikes me that the signatures on both of these letters is a declaration of alignment for future employment in government service.

Any Republican president would be a fool to appoint somebody who signed the crybaby letter, and there’s no way in the world the Dems in their current “We hate everybody” mode would ever forgive an appointee for signing a letter supporting a qualified nominee who will inevitably get to sit on the court and vote against their interests.

    Remember during the Clinton impeachment the “100 legal scholars” letter declaring something something didn’t rise to the level of high crimes or something?

    Ann Althouse was one legal scholar who signed. On her blog she said that the cover letter was charged, it didn’t say that same thing while they were circulating it for signatures.

      Fen in reply to Fen. | July 14, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      Edit – cover letter was CHANGED not charged.

      Tiny font tiny keys. 21st century smart phone brought to you by Verizon, a blue chip company with it’s name across football stadiums and hockey rinks, yet still struggling to provide a consistent internet connection.

      (Take 3…)

Conservative justices move left, liberal judges go further left. It is a strange pattern.

    In the face of fashion and peer pressure, it takes fortitude to remain strict in being guided byConstitution you are sworn to uphold. It’s called ‘character.’)

    Watching a conservative justice move left is effectively watching a person’s character failing.

    Think: David Souter.

      Truly. It’s almost a daily test. Find something you love – the Theater? Comedy? The NFL? That dear friend from high school? – now sacrifice it. You can either remain true to yourself or join the dance that looks so vibrant and alive. Pick one.


I’d like him tomorrow along with the constitution, interpret it with a little wisdom and applied to the present day.

That doesn’t mean the rubber band “living constitution which means anything we say it means” as the left wants, it means “what would the framers likely say, if they were here today”

*to vote was somehow automorphed into tomorrow

Something that bothers me about Kavanaugh. In a statement about net neutrality, he said that ISPs are free to censor content as long as they are not a monopoly.

Given that much of the right does not believe in antitrust regulation (*), that basically means that ISPs can censor.

This has two implications. If ISPs can censor then why not Google, Facebook, and Twitter?

But more importantly, even if you do not believe such logic applies to those companies, it still lets telco companies censor. Those who aren’t worried about that haven’t worked for a telco. Folks, those are the p[laces where mandatory lefty indoctrination — err — that is — antibias training was invented.

Perhaps someone can dig deeper and find the reference.

(*) Not me. To me it doesn’t matter whether it is government interfering with the free market or Bill Gates interfering with the free market, it is still not a free market.

Add my name to that list!