Jewish Journal


August 1, 2010

Crimson and blue Catholics and Jews


I previously mentioned that the addition of Elena Kagan would complete a transformation of the Supreme Court from a largely Protestant institution to one with Catholic and Jewish members. Kagan also would represent the rising prominence of Yale and Harvard alumni in the interpreting of our nation’s most sacred document:

Since 1956, there have never been fewer than three justices from Harvard and/or Yale sitting on the court at any given time. And since 1988, Harvard and Yale alumni together have consistently represented a majority of the court.

If Elena Kagan is confirmed to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, there would be just one member of the entire court who does not have a diploma from either New Haven or Cambridge: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who graduated from Columbia Law.

And that’s still Ivy League.

Everyone knows it’s been tough out there for law students and those who have recently graduated. And now I know that as a future UCLA School of Law alum I can rule out another career aspiration. OK ... I ruled that one out a while ago.

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