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Top law school deans endorse Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan

Deans of 68 major law schools endorsed Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Her experience heading the Harvard Law School prepared her to decide some of the country’s toughest issues, they say.

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Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member Charles Grassley (R) of Iowa June 8 on Capitol Hill. Kagan has been endorsed by 68 major law school deans.

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Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has never tried a case to verdict before a jury, and she has never sat as a judge in a live trial.

But according to a group of law school deans, her experience heading the Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009 has helped prepare her to decide some of the country’s toughest issues as a justice on the nation’s highest court.

On Tuesday, the White House made public a letter of endorsement signed by 68 deans at major American law schools.

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The letter to Senator Patrick Leahy is part of an elaborate dance underway in Washington in anticipation of Kagan’s June 28 confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Elena Kagan excels along all relevant dimensions desired in a Supreme Court justice,” the deans wrote. “Her knowledge of the law and skills in legal analysis are first-rate. Her writings in constitutional and administrative law are highly respected and widely cited.”

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