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    05.10.10 Professor Jason Mazzone Comments on New Yorkers in the U.S. Supreme Court
    Jason Mazzone

    AOL News pointed out the prevalence of Supreme Court Justices who hail from New York City. New Yorkers currently on the bench are Justices Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Sonia Sotomayor. President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice John Paul Stevens is Solicitor General Elena Kagan who grew up on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. Professor Jason Mazzone spoke to AOL News about the trend: “I don’t think that there’s anything in the water or in the air that’s causing this, but it’s really notable. You would never find at any prior point in history four justices from the same city.”

    The article also points out another common factor among the current Supreme Court Justices—all but Justice Stevens attended Harvard or Yale Law School. For legal experts, this phenomenon is slightly more disconcerting, due to a potential lack of variety of perspective. Said Professor Mazzone, “If you're thinking about a court that is representative of the nation, there are certainly some great law schools that are not on the East Coast. For the rest of the country, there may be a real question about why [Kagan’s] the choice, given the makeup of the court.”

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