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Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Chua.

That Brett Kavanaugh must be some lady killer. I’m talking about all those women who have come out to support his nomination for the Supreme Court. Honestly, I can’t remember another nominee who’s mustered this kind of backing from former female colleagues. He must be the epitome of the enlightened man. Or some type of Svengali.

As you may know, his former female clerks wrote an impassioned letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee (18 out of 25 signed the letter; the remaining seven were restricted by employers from doing so). Among other things, they lauded Kavanaugh for his mentorship and promotion of gender equality, noting that he’s hired 25 women and 23 men as law clerks. They also wrote that many of them wouldn’t be where they are today without his personal stewardship.

And recently, Amy Chua—the Tiger Mom herself!—joined the bandwagon. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Chua extols Kavanaugh for being inclusive and supportive of women. Chua notes that she’s placed 10 (eight of them women) of her students from Yale Law School as his clerks, and that when she asked them about their experience, “all responded almost instantaneously” with unbridled enthusiasm. (Chua’s daughter Sophia, a recent Yale Law School grad, was slated to clerk for Kavanaugh, too.)

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen is a senior columnist at The American Lawyer and the creator of The Careerist blog.

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