Paul L. Caron

Monday, December 13, 2021

Furor Over Conservative Judges. Silence Over Left-Leaning Law Schools.

Teresa R. Manning (National Association of Scholars), Furor Over Conservative Judges. Silence over Left-Leaning Law Schools.:

Commentary about Dobbs has noted the Court’s so-called conservative Justices, though they’re probably more accurately described simply as those appointed by Republican Presidents. On one side are Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and John Roberts; and on the other are Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

This political composition actually seems to resemble the country’s right now — or what we’re told the country is — which is to say, the Court is divided. That sounds bad, of course. One might just as well say that the Court is not monolithic, which sounds better.

The same cannot be said, however, of American legal education, the system which produces our judges.

The National Association of Scholars has long tried to call attention to the rather shocking under-representation of Republicans at America’s law schools and the fact that actual conservatives were purged long ago. Democrats outnumber Republicans on faculty at a ratio of about 50 to 1, for example, and law professor political donations skew almost exclusively to progressive candidates. Law school publications routinely advocate not just abortion and euthanasia but gender ideology, illegal immigration, and every other pet cause of the political left. All this is said to be legal “scholarship” and is subsidized at state schools by tax dollars and at private schools by federal student loans, among other public subsidies, including Justice Department grants.

Most conspicuous and also relevant for abortion law is the complete absence of conservative women in legal academia with one study by Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren finding, “Republican women are almost missing from law teaching.” ...

Why do Supreme Court nominees receive a blinding spotlight while the politicized law schools which produce them get a news blackout?

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