U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit judge Brett Kavanaugh. Feb. 25, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ.

In 2015, Brett Kavanaugh watched the Arizona Cardinals defeat the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, joined by his former classmates from Georgetown Prep. His host that October weekend: Michael Bidwill, a friend from the class of 1983 and now the president of the Cardinals, whom Kavanaugh paid $500 as reimbursement for flights and a ticket to the game.

The following October, Kavanaugh traveled to Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, to deliver an annual lecture named after the Supreme Court justice for whom he once clerked—Anthony Kennedy—and has now been nominated to replace.

In six years of financial disclosures, covering 2012 to 2017, Kavanaugh has revealed a life filled with speaking engagements and time spent on the court—whether it be judging moot court competitions or coaching his daughters’ youth basketball teams. He helped the legal writing guru Bryan Garner for a book on precedent. Kavanaugh worked on that project without compensation.

Not shown in years of disclosures: Stocks.

According to the most recent disclosures, Kavanaugh has not held the types of investments that have forced justices to recuse from cases or sell off stock to avoid financial conflicts. Chief Justice John Roberts, for instance, sold off up to $500,000 in Microsoft stock in 2016—just 10 days before the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up a class action involving the tech giant. Several justices continued selling off stock holdings, according to the most recent financial disclosures, released in June.

In his most recent financial disclosure, for 2017, Kavanaugh reported earning interest from Bank of America accounts and from the Employees Retirement System of Texas, a pension plan his wife participated in as an assistant for President George W. Bush’s when he served as the state’s governor. (She later served as Bush’s secretary at the White House, where Kavanaugh worked as counsel to the president.)

Kavanaugh has made money off the bench in other ways. For years, he has taught at Harvard Law School as a paid lecturer. Last year, he earned $27,500—a slight raise from the $27,220 he received in 2016. The subject of his two-credit class in each of those years: the Supreme Court.

The year before, in 2015, he taught a three-credit class on the separation of powers, according to his financial disclosure.

In 2017, his travel, lodging and meals were reimbursed in connection with his lecturing at Harvard and also a speech at Notre Dame Law School. Later in 2017, he was reimbursed for his travel and other expenses for a trip to speak to the Federalist Society chapter at Yale Law School, where he graduated in 1990, and the Yale Black Law Students Association. In July 2017, he was reimbursed for traveling to Aspen, Colorado, to teach a seminar alongside Yale Law School’s former dean, Robert Post.

We’ve got links to Brett Kavanaugh’s most recent disclosures: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.


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