Yale Law students, alumni decry Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: ‘People will die’

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump ‘ s Supreme Court nominee in the East Room of the White House Monday, July 9, 2018.


President Trump is nominated for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, would be the fourth graduate of Yale Law School, on the bank, but a group of Yale Law students and alumni say “people will die if he is confirmed.”

More than 400 angry alumni, students, and teachers are calling for ‘moral courage’ of the Ivy League school in an open letter online to judge Kavanaugh, for fear that he would overturn Roe v. Wade, are harmful to the environment, twist the First Amendment, and “act as a rubber stamp for President Trump’ s fraud and abuse,” The College Fix reported.

People are literally dying as Kavanaugh has been confirmed. But @YaleLawSch wasted not a second in the gushing about his appointment. Students, alums, profs: join us in demanding better of our school. Character: #StopKavanaugh

— Dana Bolger (@danabolger) July 10, 2018

“Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, presents a necessity for the democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future of our country,” the letter states. “There Is nothing more important to the Yale Law School than the proximity of power and prestige?”

While Yale told Fox News they have no response to online petitions, the Dean of the Yale Law School, Heather Gerken, the person to whom the letter is addressed, publicly praised the D. C. Circuit judge, and 1990 Yale Law School graduate, in a statement Monday after Trump’s public address from the White House.

Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken praised President Trump is nominated for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, called him an “old friend” and someone she “admired.”


“I have known Brett Kavanaugh for many years,” Gerken said. “I can personally attest that, in addition to the government and legal services, Judge Kavanaugh is an old friend of many of us in the Yale Law School community. Since I am a member of the faculty, I have admiration for him for serving as a teacher and mentor for our students and for the rent of a diverse set of clerks, in all respects, during his time on the job.”

Yale professor of Constitutional law Akhil Reed Amar praised Kavanaugh in an op-ed in the New York Times, titled “A Liberal Case for Brett Kavanaugh,” write that this is Trump’s “finest hour, his most stylish move.”

“I supported Merrick Garland. I voted for Hillary Clinton, but…I can’t think of anyone better than Kavanaugh],” Amar said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Kavanaugh would join a fellow at Yale Law School alums, and current Justices Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor and Samuel Alito, if he makes it through the heated confirmation process, despite Democratic leaders promising to block him — something Yale Law School Professor Abbe R. Gluck noted in her praise for Kavanaugh.

“The politics have deeply harmed our Supreme Court nomination process,” Gluck said. “But in terms of the man who now lies before us, Brett Kavanaugh, is a true intellectual — a leading thinker and writer in the field of statutory interpretation and the federal courts; an incomparable mentor — someone who picks law clerks from all backgrounds and viewpoints; and an honest lawyer who believes in the rule of law. He is humble, friendly and cares deeply about the federal courts.”

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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