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UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Associate Justice Elena Kagan, United States Supreme Court . UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Associate Justice Elena Kagan, United States Supreme Court.(Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM)

“Don’t despair.”

That was the departing message U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan left with a near capacity crowd at Zellerbach Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus Monday afternoon. Kagan, who sat for an hourlong question-and-answer session with UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, delivered that message—her final two words after more than an hour on stage—in response to a question from a third-year law student who expressed waning faith in the court’s integrity under partisan strains.

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected] On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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