UM Law Professors Let Down by Kagan Pick

By Beacon Staff

I missed this story, initially, by the Missoulian’s Betsy Cohen, but it’s worth a read. Apparently UM law school professors are almost universally disappointed in President Barack Obama’s pick of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court. While the letdown seems to stem from early hopes and rumors that Montanan Sidney Thomas would get the nod, the disappointment also seems rooted in the notion that the opportunity for someone outside the cloistered, east coast, Ivy League world to sit on the highest court in the land has once again been passed by.

From Cohen’s story:

“I think she’s a fine candidate, and I applaud the president’s decision to put a qualified woman on the court, but I am bitterly disappointed about Sidney Thomas,” said UM law professor Greg Munro. “If the president wanted to do something different, he would have appointed someone who wasn’t a graduate from Harvard or Yale. He would have chosen someone from the West, and Sid would have been a safe candidate and person who would cause less rancor.”

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