June 29, 2010
A bipartisan group of over 900 law professors from 152 law schools across the country have joined together to urge the confirmation of Elena Kagan '86 to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Today, the legal scholars sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, urging a speedy confirmation for the nominee they characterize as “an exceptionally intelligent, knowledgeable, and fair-minded lawyer who would serve the Court with deep respect for the rule of law.”
The signatories come from 48 states and the District of Columbia, and represent a wide range of legal specialties and political backgrounds. These professors have offered public support for the nomination because they believe, “Ms. Kagan will bring to the Supreme Court years of study of the law, a keen intellect, and experience as a law clerk, academic, presidential advisor, and the nation’s chief litigator. She is exceptionally well qualified to take her place on the Court as an Associate Justice.”
“Solicitor General Kagan has demonstrated throughout her career that she is a person of great integrity, intellect, and legal acumen,” said Martha Minow, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. “That’s why I am joining with law professors from around the country to support her confirmation.”
Minow, one of many legal scholars throughout the country who helped gather signatures, noted the enthusiastic support for this historic nomination among law professors, which will mean that for the first time in history, three women will serve simultaneously on the nation’s highest court.