HLS News July 2005
The following op-ed by Professor Martha Minow appeared in The Boston Globe on July 21, 2005: Now we know whom President Bush wants to take Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's seat on the United States Supreme Court. We also know the legal and social issues in the balance. But we don't know, yet, whether the Senate can cut through partisan politics to make its "advice and consent" a constructive process for us all.
President Bush has nominated Harvard Law graduate John G. Roberts Jr., a federal appeals court judge, to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created earlier this month when Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement. Roberts graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 and from Harvard College in 1976.
The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear the case Whitman v. Department of Transportation in which the petition for certiorari prepared by a class at Harvard Law School. The winter 2005 Supreme Court Litigation class, taught by instructors Amy Howe and Thomas Goldstein, researched and wrote the petition.