One-third of the nation’s law school deans have endorsed Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court, issuing a public letter that praises her legal analysis, writings, coalition-building skills and “understanding of both doctrine and policy,” reports the Washington Post. The four-paragraph letter to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee was distributed Tuesday by the White House, which is orchestrating support for President Obama’s selection for the high court in preparation for her Senate confirmation hearings.
Kagan, 50, was dean of Harvard Law School for six years before she left last year to become solicitor general, the Obama administration’s top lawyer in cases before the Supreme Court. The endorsement was signed by 69 deans, including some, the letter says, who are personal friends of Kagan’s. There are about 200 law deans in the United States, according to the Association of American Law Schools. The letter was written by the dean of Stanford Law School, Larry D. Kramer, on behalf of the others who signed it, including Kagan’s successor at Harvard and the dean at the University of Chicago, where she taught in the first half of the 1990s.