Surprise, another Harvard grad has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The clearest evidence of America’s unacknowledged class system is undoubtedly the U.S. Supreme Court, which continues year-after- year to be populated almost exclusively by law school graduates from two elite private universities on the East coast, Harvard and Yale.
This is the Court of last resort in America. The third branch of government. It should not be dominated by two elite private schools over which taxpayers have no control. Harvard and Yale are the equivalent of private clubs.
President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School to replace retiring Justice Stephen G. Breyer, also a Harvard JD. She is currently a justice on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Washington, DC.
If Judge Jackson’s nomination is approved, she will contribute to the racial diversity of the court as the first African-American woman on the Court. But she will continue the lack of intellectual diversity on the Court.
She has taken the same law classes from the same professors at Harvard Law School as Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch. She probably frequented the same coffee shops in Harvard Square. To this day, she may associate primarily with other Harvard graduates
Four members of the Court attended Yale Law School in New Haven, CT, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh.
The ninth justice, Amy Coney Barrett, attended Notre Dame Law School in Indiana. Notre Dame is a private Catholic school that technically is not in the Ivy League but it is close.
State Law Schools?
Every state in the America has a university system that includes a law school. Many of these law schools are superb. Why is it that no graduate of a public law school has been chosen in recent years to serve on the nation’s highest court?
All in all, there are about 200 ABA-approved law schools in the United States and more than 30 non-ABA approved law schools. Yet, the Court historically and at present is dominated by two posh private institutions on the East Coast.
Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-SC, an African America, had urged Biden to appoint another candidate who got her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Even U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, who went to Harvard as an undergraduate and Yale law school, told the Associated Press that Harvard and Yale provide a good education and attract top talent but “they shouldn’t be the sole source, of members of the bench.”
It is hard to fathom why American taxpayers are willing to devote so much support and money to elite private institutions like Yale and Harvard, over whom taxpayers have no control. Shouldn’t tax dollars be spent on making public institutions centers of excellence? Shouldn’t U.S. Supreme Court decisions be made by a broad base of attorneys that reflect the diversity of the entire United States?