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Law Schools Pile on the Opposition to Sessions' AG Nomination

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Professors and students by the thousands are pushing back against what they view as the senator from Alabama's hostility to constitutional rights and minority groups.

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  • Pete0097

    Now when did illegal immigration become legal? These children need to grow up and learn reality. Maybe they think that they are immune to losing their future jobs to immigrants as they are "lawyers" and immigrants can‘t be smart enough to do their jobs and do it for less money like us stupid engineers, doctors, and other professionals.

  • Bruce Pestell

    Jeff Sessions would be a welcome relief from the amoral corrupt leadership we have had in the DOJ for the last 8 years.

  • John S.

    I, as most Americans really could care less what the opinion of some left leaning liberal law professors and a number of law students think. I am more concerned that many, if not most of the students who signed the letter probably did little to investigate Sessions‘ background prior to signing on to the letter. Good luck in you education--you need it. As for your employment prospects, my firm expects its associates to do a little more research before arriving at a conclusion.

  • Robert Steinbuch

    As a law professor, I‘m not surprised that the overwhelmingly very liberal legal academy doesn‘t support Sessions. I suspect that they don‘t support much of what the new administration proposes, as well as the administration itself. I support the new administration and Sen. Sessions.

  • Jonathan

    Lindsay lindsay : Why not apply the standard you just championed in your comment to people of all political persuasions. I have not seen any coverage of Mr. Sessions by any media outlet that says he has nothing but an honorable record in the Senate. What‘s good for the goose . . . Judgment should be withheld before all the evidence is in. Where have I heard that before? Oh, right, it‘s how every judge instructs the jury. PS. I have watched many a program on the History Channel (not exactly a bastion of conservatism) that maintained that Mr. Byrd took the job, not for the money as you maintained, but rather in West Virginia in the first half of the 20th Century it was not possible to rise up the ladder without such an affiliation. Thankfully, times have changed!

  • lindsaylindsay

    Jonathan below: So, you want to go back more than more than 60 years when Byrd was a teenager and took the job for the money. Back when Republicans were still sane. Now...for all the good things Byrd did during his career you forgot to mention.....

  • Jonathan

    I cannot recall the uproar from the left when Robert Byrd was elevated by his Democratic peers to the highest position in the United States Senate - Majority Leader - despite the fact that he had been a member and a recruiter (Grand Kleagle) for the Klan. Laughably, during the Clinton transgressions he was referred to as "the conscience of the Senate." Perhaps the view was that he had seen the light. Mr. Sessions deserves an objective hearing and let the chips fall where they may. In this environment, a thumbs down from academia should be worn as a badge of honor.

  • Tom N.

    I suggest that law schools are currently being scrutinized for their lack of diversity in viewpoints. Record academic study has indicated that the disparity between conservative and liberal representation in the law academy is quite lopsided and most certainly reflects the elitism rejected in the Presidential election. I‘m sure they hope they‘re not hacked!

  • Kevin D. Evans

    I have to ask the following. In writing their letters, did these law professors and students cite the race neutral and positive actions taken by Senator Sessions during his career, or did they limit themselves to supposed statements made decades ago (and which I have heard refuted by African-Americans close to Senator Sessions at the time). And if the Senator in fact made the attributed comments, is it not possible for a Republican to change, or is that redemptive attribute limited to the likes of Robert Byrd. As for Senator Sessions‘ positions, such as his opposition to illegal immigration, does adherence to and compliance with the law actually negate one‘s qualification to serve as AG? This all sounds and reads to me like sour, elitist grapes, suggesting that this is but another group parroting the positions of Senator Schumer and his obstructionist (there, I said it of a Democrat) colleagues. To quote William Jefferson Clinton and Donald Trump, "let‘s make America great again," including enough already of the slanderous and malicious accusations and innuendos.

  • B

    Could they have found a more unsuitable candidate?

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