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Ever since John F. Kennedy filled his administration with academics and intellectuals, the phrase “the best and the brightest” has connoted a certain ideological meaning. Nowadays, it is a subject of regular debate whether our leaders should be the smartest and most well-educated among us. Only in America would we find a way to make this a contentious and highly partisan issue. Many lawyers — ourselves included — find it difficult to understand why we wouldn’t want those who administer, regulate and enforce laws to be the best and the brightest.

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