We write as students, alumni, and faculty proud of our alma mater. We join Yale Law School in its praise of distinguished Yale alumnus Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Judge Kavanaugh is eminently qualified to serve as a Supreme Court justice. Judge Kavanaugh, a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, is one of our nation’s most distinguished jurists. In his twelve years of service on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, he has demonstrated a principled approach to interpreting the law. He has reached legal conclusions free of political partisanship. Judge Kavanaugh has devoted his professional life to upholding the rule of law and our Constitution.
Throughout his time on the federal bench, Judge Kavanaugh has been a valuable friend to the Yale community, visiting frequently to speak on important topics and to encourage admitted students to begin their legal careers in New Haven. More importantly, Judge Kavanaugh has been a faithful servant to his community in the Washington D.C. area. He is a basketball coach for his daughters’ teams, and a regular volunteer with Catholic Charities. As the many students he has mentored will attest, he is a person of deep conviction and integrity.
We are proud of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, and believe that his accomplishments and qualifications speak for themselves.
We admire the Yale Law faculty who have spoken in support of Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications and commitment to the Constitution. Some selections of our faculty’s comments are below:
“I can personally attest that, in addition to his government and judicial service, Judge Kavanaugh has been a longtime friend to many of us in the Yale Law School community. Ever since I joined the faculty, I have admired him for serving as a teacher and mentor to our students and for hiring a diverse set of clerks, in all respects, during his time on the court.”—Heather K. Gerken, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law
“He is a terrific judge. In my federal criminal law class, I love teaching his opinions because they are smart, thoughtful, and clear. He’s also been a wonderful mentor and teacher to our students—not just to those who clerk for him, but those who meet with him during one of his many visits to Yale Law School.”—Kate Stith, Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law
“Judge Kavanaugh commands wide and deep respect among scholars, lawyers, judges, and justices.” “Good appellate judges faithfully follow the Supreme Court; great ones influence and help steer the Court. Several of Kavanaugh’s biggest ideas have found their way into Supreme Court opinions. Thanks to decades of high-level experience and close observation, Kavanaugh also understands the intricacies of the executive and legislative branches.” —Akhil Reed Amar, YLS ‘84, Sterling Professor of Law
“Brett Kavanaugh has been one of the most learned judges in America on a variety of issues, ranging from theories of statutory interpretation to separation of powers.” “We are proud that he is our graduate and eager to continue to learn from his judicial opinions and scholarly publications.” —William N. Eskridge, Jr., YLS ‘78, John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence
“Politics have deeply harmed our Supreme Court nomination process.” "But in terms of the man now before us, Brett Kavanaugh is a true intellectual--a leading thinker and writer on the subjects of statutory interpretation and federal courts; an incomparable mentor--someone who picks law clerks of all backgrounds and viewpoints; and a fair-minded jurist who believes in the rule of law. He is humble, collegial and cares deeply about the federal courts.” —Abbe R. Gluck, YLS ‘00, Professor of Law
In our deeply polarized climate, these respectful, civil, and entirely accurate comments are a breath of fresh air.
Judge Kavanaugh is a distinguished jurist qualified for the highest public service. He should be given the fair, principled, and swift consideration he deserves.
Athanasia Livas, YLS '19Will Kamin, YLS '20Thomas Hopson, YLS '20Callum A.F. Sproule, YLS '20Alexis Zhang, YLS ‘20Peter Keisler, YLS '85Brian McCarty, YLS ‘19Aaron Haviland, YLS '19Aaron Hauptman, YLS '20DJ Sandoval, YLS ‘20Josh Woods, YLS '19Sam Adkisson, YLS '18Chandler Harris, YLS '18Katrin Marquez, YLS '20Hunter Swanzy, YLS ‘19Aaron Gordon, YLS '20D.H. Dilbeck, YLS '20Khalil Tawil, YLS '18Ryan Thier, YLS '20Nicholas Flatley, YLS '20Jasmine Stein YLS '19Kurt Lash YLS '92Jack Park YLS '80Evan Young, YLS ‘04Jeffrey A. Jannuzzo YLS '76Robert J. Giuffra, Jr., YLS ‘87Thomas A. Smith, YLS '84Chad Pekron, YLS '00Minor Myers, YLS '03Andrew C. Hruska, YLS '93Joshua Kleinfeld, YLS '06Elbert Lin, YLS ‘03Kathleen Beecher Moore, YLS '93Daniel Feith, YLS '12Laurie Barber Lin, YLS ‘03Richard W. Garnett, YLS '95John S. Hahn, YLS '77Christopher Angevine, YLS '08JD Vance, YLS ‘13Hilary Albrecht ‘16Jeff Ballabon, YLS '88Sadie Blanchard, ‘10Charles Korsmo, YLS ‘06Adam Gustafson, YLS '09Matt Mellema, YLS ‘14William Levi, YLS '10Dan Himmelfarb, YLS '91Nicolas Thompson, YLS '09Martin Newhouse, YLS '84Rishabh Bhandari, YLS '21Lawrence J. Fossi, YLS '83Gene Schaerr, YLS ‘85Peter Tucci, YLS '16Brian C. Kalt, YLS '97Michael E. Rosman, YLS '84John H. Carley, YLS '68Michael B. Mukasey, YLS ‘67Rebecca Taibleson, YLS '10Benjamin Taibleson, YLS '10Jonathan Macey, YLS '82 and Sam Harris Professor of Corporate Law, Corporate Finance & Securities LawChristian R. Burset, YLS '14Charles Correl YLS ‘95Jed Brinton, YLS ‘10William H. Slattery, YLS ‘68Brandt Leibe, YLS '05Roger Clegg, YLS ‘81Steve A. Matthews, YLS '80Natalie Hausknecht, YLS ‘15Glenn Harlan Reynolds, YLS '85Alexa Zahl, YLS ‘20Thomas H. Bell, YLS '83Albert Horsting, YLS ’18Frances Mackay, YLS '18Robert Pushaw YLS '88Donald C. Brey, YLS '81Aaron Sibarium, YC '18Ruel Jerry, YLS '20Shlomo Klapper, YLS ‘20Ben Johnson, YLS '10George Conway YLS '87Michael Taunton, YLS '14Roberto M. Braceras, YLS '94Robert J. Giuffra, Jr., YLS '87Robert M. Overing, YLS '20Brian Mund, YLS ‘18Nicole Stelle Garnett, YLS ‘95Josh Divine, YLS '16Sean Strasburg, YLS ‘08Nicole L. Kuenzi, YLS ‘07Jeremy Liss, YLS ‘16Kasdin Miller Mitchell, YLS '12Abigail Shrier, YLS ‘05Jeffrey R. Holmstead, YLS '87Conor Clarke, YLS '15William F. Rogel, YC '03Andrea Siso, YLS '20Jared Morris, YLS '09Thomas McIver, YLS ‘17Michael Fransella, YLS '01Joel Hornstein, YLS '00Thomas C. Mazza, YLS '64Joseph Chatham YLS '19Philip Axt, YLS '18Alan Charles Raul, YLS ‘80Sara Turk, YLS '20Ryan Proctor, YC '16Suranjan M. Sen, YLS '19John C. Meyer, YC '67Logan Beirne, YLS '08Arthur D. Hellman YLS '66David C. Tam YC '15Ken Leonczyk, YLS ‘09Lochlan Shelfer, YLS '13Amanda Schwoerke, YLS '08Clark L. 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Hungar, YLS '87Hyun-Soo Lim, YLS '18 Kris Kobach, YLS '95Ben Daus-Haberle, YLS '21Jorge E. Souss, YLS '97Harry Graver, YC ‘14Keerthika M. Subramanian, YLS '11Andy Hessick, YLS ‘02Donald B. Susswein, YLS ‘78Alexander Hoeschel, YC ‘17John W. Carr, YC'62, YLS'65Charles Maurras, YLS '88Renee Lettow Lerner, YLS '95Stephen Holzer, YLS '74Eric B. Amstutz, YLS '78Francis Menton YC 72Jonathan Lubin, YLS '08Jarrett Stern, YC ‘93Vladyslav Vykhodets, YC ’19Diane (Richards) Brey, YLS '88Michael L. Yaeger, YLS ‘03Charles G. Mills, LlM, YC '62Edmund LaCour, YLS '11George P. Burdell, YLS '13Benjamin Zuraw, YLS '83Kevin Leitao, YLS ‘91Mary Louise Serafine, YLS '91Ray R. Ciste, YLS ‘13John Borgo, YLS '77Michael Abramowicz, YLS '98Julia D. Mahoney, YLS '87Rebecca Karabus, YC '18Brian Chen, YLS '21Kevin Dayton, YC '92Joseph C. Asch, YLS '83Charles Faint, GSAS '13Benjamin Zollinger, YC '19Jordan A. Blashek, YLS '18Jaye Letson Hungar, YLS '87Bert Kwan, YLS '03Peter J. Kalis, YLS ‘78Matthew Capoccia, YLS ‘17Eric M. Palmer, YLS '17Emily Hall, YLS ‘21Bo Hines, YC ‘18Christine Buzzard, YLS '13Weaver Lilley, YC ‘21Tyler Whiting, YC ‘20Chris Muha, YLS '06Christopher Moeckel, YC '20Christopher D'Urso, YLS '24Ugonna Eze, YC '16Motti Slomovics, YLS ‘21Frederick Liu, YLS '08Joshua Hano, YC ‘20James Berry, YLS ‘77Hamilton Osborne, Jr., YLS '68Christian F. Wolpert Gaztambide, YC '20Esteban Elizondo, YC '19Jennifer Sarah Bolton, YC ‘08Elizabeth Henry, YC ‘14Casey Verkamp, YC ‘10Patrick Moriarty, YLS '86Brendan Harrington, YC ‘13Charles Su, YC ‘14James Hwang, YLS '10Burton Ahrens, YLS ‘62Paul Han, YC '20John N. Reed, YLS '21Kevin Liu, YC '14Henry Weissmann, YLS '87Christina Brasco, YC '14Raleigh Cavero, YC '15, YLS '22Mark A. Schuman, YLS `91Gabriel Anderson, YLS '21Sundar J.M Brown, YLS '21Kristofer Kirk, YLS '21Alex Cooke, YLS '04William Rinner, YLS '09Kenneth McKenna, YC ‘75, GSAS ‘78Patrick Price, YLS ‘04Josh Ginsborg, YC ‘16Shelby Baird Smith, YC ‘14John Pugsley, YLS '86Erika Schermer, YC ‘14Victoria Pierre YC ‘15Pratik Chougule, YLS ‘14Paul Mahoney, YLS ‘84John Yoo, YLS '92Elaine Augustine Alexander, YLS '68 Lawrence Alexander, YLS '68Enrique Schaerer, YLS '08Chris Sorrow, YLS '95Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, YC '92, YLS '99C. Michael Watson, YLS '74John Meyer, YC '67Erin Morrow Hawley, YLS '05Paul Dykstra, YLS ‘68Matt Vega, YLS ‘93Margaret A. Little, YC '77, YLS '84Larry Obhof, YLS ‘03Peter O. Clauss, YLS ‘58Eric Dixon, YLS '94Zac Hudson, YLS '09Michael R. Dunleavy, Jr. YC '06West Cuthbert, YC '14Alexander Crutchfield, YC ‘15Jordan A. Grode, YC '21Jon W. Deuber, YC '21Renee Breer, YC’16Kevin Ig-Izevbekhai, YC ‘16Emmett Gilles, YLS ‘20Christopher Lunding, YLS '71Tyler McGaughey, YLS '09Marah Stith McLeod, YLS '06Kellen S. Dwyer, YLS '09Keith Urbahn, YC '06Alan Schwartz, YLS '64Steve Blum, YLS '87David Fierson YLS '99Eni Kassim, YLS '20Steven G. Calabresi, YLS '83Elizah Stein, YC '18David S. Blatt, YLS '88Richard Nash Gould YC '68 MArch '72Steven Y. Tian YC '20Jefferson B. Riley YMArch'72James B. Cowperthwait YC '59Joe H Staley Jr. YC ‘59D. Livingston Miller, YC ‘68Robert McCallum YC '68 YLS '73Arthur Rogers, Y’63Jonathan M. Clark YC '59Hannah Templin, YLS '21Rob Bergdolt, YLS '90