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Look to Scalia for sharp commentary

The New York Times notes recent pronouncements by the outspoken justice, including an analysis of law clerk recruitment.

While visiting the American University law school, ranked 45th in the country, Justice Scalia took a question from a student who wanted to know what she had to do to become “outrageously successful” without “connections and elite degrees.”

Working hard and being a good lawyer would help, he informed her, but obtaining a much-coveted Supreme Court clerkship was a bit…out of her league.

“By and large,” he said, “I’m going to be picking from the law schools that basically are the hardest to get into. They admit the best and the brightest, and they may not teach very well, but you can’t make a sow’s ear out of a silk purse. If they come in the best and the brightest, they’re probably going to leave the best and the brightest, O.K.?”

Ouch!

One comment

  1. Justice Scalia is not only an intellectual powerhouse but also one of the wittiest Justices.

    Referring to his notion of the dead Constitution, Justice Scalia once said, “that didn’t work, so I invented ‘enduring Constitution’,” and he went on, “Packaging is everything.”

    Last month I had the pleasure of attending Justice Scalia’s lecture at UNM School of Law. It was amazing:
    “What are evolving standards? I’m afraid to ask,” said Justice Scalia.

    Earlier this year Justice Scalia also spoke at University of Central Missouri :
    - “If you are going to believe in a living constitution, at least let it be an American one.”
    - “Classes of little kids from grammar school come to the court now and then and repeat, ‘The Constitution is a living document.’ And I have to tell them it’s dead.”

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