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SCOTUS Nominee's Connection To Connecticut

July 10, 2018 - 9:16 am

WASHINGTON, DC (WTIC) - President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has ties to Connecticut, beyond the state's Senators both promising to vote no on his appointment.

Kavanaugh, a favorite of the Republican legal establishment, spent seven years at Yale University, receiving a diploma from the New Haven school as a member of the class of 1987. Kavanaugh also obtained a degree from Yale Law School in 1990.

In a written statement, the Dean of Yale Law School, Heather Gerken, praised Kavanaugh as a longtime friend to many at the school, for his government and judicial service, and as a teacher and mentor who hired a diverse set of clerks. 

Yale law professor Kate Stith said the nominee is a terrific judge who writes smart, thoughtful, clear opinions. 

Kavanaugh has frequently returned to New Haven over the years to take part in various university events.

With the 53-year-old Kavanaugh, the president is replacing a swing vote on the nine member court with a staunch conservative, already being cheered by top Republican senators. Kavanaugh has been on the D.C. Court of Appeals since 2006. He clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy, worked for independent counsel Ken Starr, and served in the Bush White House.