Tuesday, May 25, 2010

(Judicial) Diversity Quiz

Here's a question that bears pondering:

But why should two educational bodies provide all of the US's most senior judges?

So writes Finlo Rohrer of the BBC, pointing to the fact that if the Senate confirms nominee Elena Kagan this summer, all 9 members of the U.S. Supreme Court will have studied law at Harvard or Yale.

By way of a puzzler, this 'Grrl offers food for thoughts provoked by the BBC's question.

(1) Name the last Justice who did not study at Harvard or Yale.

(2) Which President nominated that Justice?

(3) What distinguishes that President from all his successors?

Bonus question: Name the last Justice to receive a law degree from a public university.

Answers below.

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