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YLS Community Discusses Alito Nomination

The confirmation hearings of Yale Law School alumnus Samuel A. Alito '75 began on Monday, January 9. We intend to catalog on this website the discussion in the Yale Law School community concerning his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Updates will be posted as events warrant.

January 13, 2006 -- Testimony of Profs. Kronman and Sullivan
Sterling Professor Anthony Kronman and Associate Clinical Professor Ronald Sullivan testified today about the Alito nomination in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Read Kronman's prepared testimony. Read Sullivan's prepared testimony.

January 10, 2006 -- "Where Does Alito's Advocacy End?"
Read an op-ed penned by Lincoln Caplan, the Knight Senior Journalist at YLS.

January 9, 2006 -- "Thirty Questions for Alito"
Six legal minds contributed five questions to The New York Times that they would ask Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., including these from Professor Kenji Yoshino.

January 7, 2006 -- "Sam He Was"
Read Caren Deane Thomas's '75 op-ed in The New York Times.

January 5, 2006 -- "Questioning Justice: Law and Politics in Judicial Confirmation Hearings"
Read Professors Reva Siegel and Robert Post's recent essay on the confirmation process on The Pocket Part.

January 3, 2006 -- "Informal Student-Alumni Group Supports Judge Alito"
An informal group of Yale Law School students and alumni declare their support for the confirmation of Judge Samuel A. Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court in an ad that will run in Wednesday's The Hill magazine. Read more...

December 19, 2005 -- "Informal Faculty-Student Group Reviews Opinions of Judge Alito"
"The Alito Project" reviewed all 415 judicial opinions that Judge Samuel Alito wrote while serving as a Circuit Judge. Read more...

December 7, 2005 -- Student Voices
Opening Argument, Yale Law's student-run political debate publication, published op-eds on Alito by YLS students in its December issue. For a complete copy of Opening Argument -- which also includes a debate on US-UN relations and contributions by Newt Gingrich and Jeffrey Sachs -- contact Tara Helfman ( or Justin Muzinich (, 917-968-0620).

October 31, 2005 -- "Samuel Alito '75 Nominated to U.S. Supreme Court"
President George W. Bush has nominated Samuel A. Alito Jr. '75 to be an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Read more...