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The Harvard Majority



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More trivia: With the addition of Roberts to the Court, five of the nine
justices will have their law degrees from Harvard, the others being Scalia,
Kennedy, Souter, and Breyer. A sixth justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, began
at Harvard but transferred to Columbia. The others? Thomas graduated from
Yale’s law school, and only Rehnquist (from Stanford) and Stevens (from
Northwestern) graduated from law schools too far west to smell the Atlantic
Ocean.

Harvard is a huge and diverse law school, and it is not to be expected that
its graduates all think alike–as we can see they don’t when we look at the
justices who studied there. And a nominee’s law school, especially when it
is one of the handful every student wants to attend, should not be held
against him. But is it the best of all possible worlds when a majority of
the nine most powerful lawyers in America went to the same law school?



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