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After Attacks, Supporters Rally Around Choice For Top Administration Legal Job

Publication Date: 
April 02, 2009
The New York Times
Eric Lichtblau

Professor Pamela S. Karlan is quoted in The New York Times in a story about the controversy surrounding President Obama's nomination of Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh for State Department Legal Adviser:

The controversy began with a short article in The New York Post and soon mushroomed into an all-out attack by conservative commentators. The charge was that Harold Hongju Koh, the outspoken Yale Law School dean now tapped for a top legal slot in the Obama administration, was ready to put international law on a pedestal above American justice.


Unfortunately for Mr. Koh’s critics, his academic record does not fit into quite so neat a sound bite, and his supporters have been quick to rally to his defense.

“This is all just an attempt to whip up hysteria,” said Pamela S. Karlan, a professor at Stanford Law School who was one of 11 prominent law professors who sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday in support of President Obama’s announcement last month that he planned to nominate Mr. Koh as the legal adviser to the State Department.