Ivy League Education Should Not Cover the Supreme Court, Argue Two Politicians .
They should stop with all the Supreme Court justices who went to school at Harvard and Yale.
That’s what one of the most important Democrats in Congress told President Joe Biden, and a well-known Republican senator agreed with him.
They went to law school at either Harvard or Yale. Eight of the nine people on the current court went to law school there.
Ivy League degrees would be bad for the person chosen to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, say Rep. Jim Clyburn and Sen.
Lindsey Graham of the Democratic Party and the Republican Lindsey Graham of the Republican Party.
It’s easy to see how the message from the two South Carolina lawmakers fits in with the background of the judge they’ve said is a good candidate to fill the seat.
It’s been said that Biden will make history by nominating the first black woman to be on the Supreme Court.
Clyburn, the most powerful Black member of Congress, says Biden should be worried about the court’s lack of educational diversity, too.
South Carolina State University graduate Clyburn said, “We could end up with an upper class society. We could end up with an upper class society.”
People come from all walks of life, and we shouldn’t write them off because of that.
Graham, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday: “I’d like to see the court have a little more balance, some common sense on it.” The committee will hold hearings for the person who gets the job.
Everyone doesn’t have to be from Harvard and Yale to go to school here.
If you want, you can go to a public university and get your law degree.
Clyburn is a very important person in the debate about who should be the nominee.
A few months before the 2020 election, Clyburn suggested that Biden promise to name the first Black woman justice if he became president.
It was Biden’s promise and Clyburn’s support that helped Biden win South Carolina’s primary.
The win revived his campaign and helped him get to the White House. This is how it worked:
Clyburn has chosen J. Michelle Childs as his first choice for the open seat.
Her law degree came from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She is 55 years old.
Another thing: She also has a master’s degree from the university and a law degree from Duke University, which is another university.
If Childs went to college outside of the Ivy League and was raised by a single parent, she would be more like the people who live in the United States, Clyburn said.
Graham said that Childs was a “fair-minded, very talented jurist.”
There are a lot of women who have been talked about as possible nominees who went to Ivy League schools.
Yale’s law school is where Leondra Kruger, a judge on the California Supreme Court, went to school.
People who work on the federal appeals court went to Harvard.
In the past, Lawrence Baum, an emeritus professor of law at Ohio State, has looked at the backgrounds of Supreme Court justices. He says there has been a gradual shift toward nominees with more elite law school backgrounds.
Having gone to “a school that is thought to be one of the best, or at least one of the best,” might sway senators at the edges, he said.
But going to a well-known school can also connect you with people who go on to have important jobs in politics, he said. This makes them known in elite legal circles.