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69 Law School Deans Endorse Kagan In Letter To Senate

Publication Date: 
June 15, 2010
The Washington Post
Amy Goldstein

Dean Larry Kramer is mentioned for writing a letter on behalf of 69 law school deans in support of Elena Kagan's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Amy Goldstein of The Washington Post filed this story:

The deans of more than one-third of the nation's law schools have endorsed Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, issuing a public letter that praises her legal analysis, writings, coalition-building skills and "understanding of both doctrine and policy."

The four-paragraph letter, dated eight days ago and addressed to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was distributed Tuesday by the White House, which is orchestrating support for President Obama's selection for the high court in preparation for her Senate confirmation hearings.


The endorsement was signed by 69 deans, including some, the letter says, who are personal friends of Kagan's. There are about 200 law deans in the United States, according to the Association of American Law Schools. The letter was written by the dean of Stanford Law School, Larry D. Kramer, on behalf of the others who signed it, including Kagan's successor at Harvard and the dean at the University of Chicago, where she taught in the first half of the 1990s.