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December 19, 1994
Richard Lee Rykoff, 75, a Los Angeles attorney who defended film stars in the anti-communism McCarthy era. He was educated at UCLA and Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Law Review. After studying Japanese, Rykoff served as an interpreter and translator for Adm. Chester Nimitz during World War II. During the 1950s, the lifelong liberal lawyer defended Van Heflin, Lloyd Gough and other members of the film industry who were questioned by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
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August 8, 2010 | By Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times
Elena Kagan was sworn in as the 112th justice of the Supreme Court on Saturday, opening the first era in U.S. history with three women serving on the nation's premier judicial bench. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered the oath at the Supreme Court just two days after the Senate's 63-37 vote Thursday to confirm her nomination and one day after President Obama hosted a White House reception in Kagan's honor. She is not expected to dramatically change the ideological balance of the court because she replaces retired Justice John Paul Stevens, a fellow liberal jurist.
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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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January 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bernard D. Meltzer, 92, a labor law scholar who helped draft the charter of the United Nations and served as a prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crime trials after World War II, died Thursday at home in Chicago, according to the University of Chicago Law School, where he was the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus. A cause of death was not given.
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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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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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