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October 31, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
When a Supreme Court seat first came open last year, Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe offered some candid advice to one of his former students ? President Obama. Tribe was enthusiastic about Elena Kagan, but not the other front-runner, then- Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Her impact within the court "would be negative," Tribe told Obama in a letter on May 4, 2009. "Bluntly put, she's not nearly as smart as she seems to think she is, and her reputation for being something of a bully could well make her liberal impulses backfire and simply add to the Roberts/Alito/Scalia/Thomas wing of the court," Tribe wrote, referring to four conservative justices.
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July 14, 2013 | By David G. Savage and Michael Muskal
WASHINGTON - The jury's verdict to acquit George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, a case that became a referendum on race and gun laws for many across the nation, did not turn on how those issues played out in court, legal experts said Sunday. Instead, they said, the acquittal can probably be blamed on mistakes by prosecutors in bringing a murder charge they could not prove. The Justice Department announced Sunday that it would continue its investigation of the case to determine whether any federal civil rights laws were violated in the shooting of Martin, 17, who was black.
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April 10, 2010
Three front-runners to fill the Supreme Court seat to be vacated by retiring John Paul Stevens are distinguished not just by their legal credentials but by qualities designed to appeal to particular political constituencies. One of them, Diane Wood, has strong appeal for liberals. The other two, Elena Kagan and Merrick Garland, could attract support across a wider political spectrum. Here in brief are what makes them likely choices: Aside from her intellect and academic credentials, Elena Kagan may be best known as the liberal whom many conservatives like.
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April 7, 1989 | From Times Wires Services
Law students at USC, UCLA and other schools throughout California and the nation held rallies Thursday to protest what they said is a lack of minorities on law school faculties. About 100 USC law students gathered in front of the school's Law Center on Thursday to encourage increased recruitment of minority faculty there and nationwide. The law school's full-time faculty of 39 includes eight white women and one black man.
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August 13, 1991
It seems to me that Harvard Law School professor McDowell is guilty of the same obfuscation he ascribes to those on both sides of the abortion issue. Of course the Supreme Court will not justify any decision affecting abortion rights on the individual justice's perceived morality of abortion. And, in my view, neither will the court's decisions derive from constitutional "principles of . . . federalism and separation of powers" as McDowell asserts. It seems clear to me that any right a woman has to implement her own private decision regarding abortion comes directly from our Constitution.
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September 18, 2000
William Clements Warren, 91, a former dean of Columbia University Law School who helped transform the institution into a modern school. Warren is credited with improving the school's scholarship offerings and building a more diversified student body during his tenure as dean from 1952 to 1970. He also led the planning efforts for the school's main building.
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June 22, 1988
The column raises some interesting points. Judge Budzyn sentenced Debra Ann Forster to stay on birth control for the rest of her childbearing life. Now Dershowitz is right in the idea that every "ist" will be offended by the severity of Forster's sentence; they always are, aren't they? No matter the victim, no matter the crime, the "ists" will always scream for the rights of the culprit. They identify, because of a faulty self-image, with the social-deficient person now facing justice.
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November 29, 2002 | From Associated Press
Harvard Law School Dean Robert C. Clark, who presided over a major reorganization of the student body, has decided he will step down at the end of the academic year. Clark, a corporate law scholar and dean since 1989, said this week that he planned to return to the school's faculty after a sabbatical. Clark, 58, oversaw an overhaul at the school, reshaping the student body into seven groups of roughly 80 students each. He also led a $183-million fund-raising campaign, completed in 1995.
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May 19, 2010
Tom Campbell Political party: Republican Occupation: Visiting professor of law, Chapman University School of Law Age: 57, born in Chicago City of residence: Irvine Personal: wife Susanne, no children Education: B.A., M.A., PhD. degrees in economics, University of Chicago. Law degree, Harvard Law School. Career highlights: Professor, Stanford Law School, 1983-88. U.S. House of Representatives, 1989-93 and 1995-2001.
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