Professor Says Ivy League Stiffs Conservative Justices

Professor Says Ivy League Stiffs Conservative Justices

Marcia Coyle

Are the nation's Ivy League schools giving short shrift to conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices when they confer honorary degrees? A survey by one law professor suggests the answer is yes, and that the reason is ideology. Of the 14 honorary degrees bestowed by Ivy League institutions to living justices, 12 went to those on the high court's left side, said conservative legal scholar John McGinnis of Northwestern University School of Law. The two exceptions, from Brown and Yale, went to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a moderate conservative, he said.

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