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WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has stated that Chief Justice William Rehnquist was “his first judicial hero.”
Rehnquist served on the Supreme Court of the United States as an Associate Justice from 1972 to 1986 and as Chief Justice from 1986 until his death in 2005. He was often the “lone dissenter” during the 1970s, but the legal reasoning in many of his dissents eventually became the majority opinion.
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In his 2017 speech, “From the Bench: The Constitutional Statesmanship of Chief Justice William Rehnquist” presented for a Constitution Day lecture, he said that during Rehnquist’s tenure, “the Supreme Court unquestionably changed and became more of an institution of law, where its power is to interpret and to apply the law as written, informed by historical practice, not by its own person and policy predilections.”
While he attended Yale Law School, Kavanaugh made notes to himself about the assigned reading: “Agree with Rehnquist majority opinion. Agree with Rehnquist dissent. Agree with Rehnquist analysis. Rehnquist makes a good point here. Rehnquist destroys the majority’s reasoning here.” He said, “In class after class, I stood with Rehnquist. That often meant in the Yale Law School environment of the time that I stood alone.”
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While a first-year law student, he read Rehnquist’s law review article published in the Texas Law Review, entitized “The Notion of a Living Constitution.” He says “it’s impossible to overstate the significance to me and how I first came to understand the role of a judge in our constitutional...
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