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Ivy Leagues do not practice diversity and equal opportunity 

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Professor Says Ivy League Stiffs Conservative Justices

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is awarded a Doctor of Laws honorary degree at the 263rd commencement of Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., on June 1, 2010.  The hood is presented by Douglas W. Clark, the University's Chief Marshal for University Convocations.

Are the nation’s Ivy League schools giving short shrift to conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices when they confer honorary degrees? A survey by one law professor suggests the answer is yes, and that the reason is ideology.

Of the 14 honorary degrees bestowed by Ivy League institutions to living justices, 12 went to those on the high court’s left side, said conservative legal scholar John McGinnis of Northwestern University School of Law. The two exceptions, from Brown and Yale, went to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a moderate conservative, he said.

“Honorary degrees are the highest symbol of recognition that universities can bestow,” McGinnis wrote in a recent post on the Online Library of Law and Liberty. “And the Ivy League retains the greatest reputation for excellence in American higher education. Thus, it is of more than a little interest that these institutions find excellence overwhelmingly in justices on the left of the judiciary.”

McGinnis, in an interview, said he is “generally interested in the question of the influence of elites on the structure of law, and, of course, the Ivy League is that.” That general interest became particular, he added, when he read that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was to receive another honorary degree. He decided to examine which justices were receiving Ivy League universities’ honorary degrees.

Ginsburg, perhaps the court’s most liberal justice, is the record holder with honorary degrees from every Ivy League university except Cornell, which doesn’t award them, he said.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor has one each from Princeton and Yale—her alma maters. Justice Samuel Alito Jr., who graduated from both of those schools, has yet to be recognized.

Justices Stephen Breyer, John Paul Stevens and David Souter—also viewed as left of center—have one each from the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Harvard, respectively.

And how about the court’s main conservatives: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. (Harvard College and Harvard Law graduate), and justices Antonin Scalia (Harvard Law), Anthony Kennedy (Harvard Law) and Clarence Thomas (Yale Law)? No Ivy League honorary degrees.

“What makes this performance even more obviously ideologically driven is that these academic institutions have neglected the one who has had the most academic influence—Antonin Scalia,” McGinnis wrote. “Regardless of whether one agrees with him, his textualism in statutory interpretation and originalism in constitutional interpretation have been driving the academic debate. And Chief Justice John Roberts is widely regarded as a very able chief—the first among equals—as well as perhaps the best oral advocate of his generation.”

Perhaps the Ivy League schools tried to bestow honorary degrees on the court’s living conservative justices but ran into practical problems—schedule conflicts, etc.—or even a dislike of honorary degrees?

“It’s possible, of course,” McGinnis said. “Still, it’s interesting that the only people with schedule conflicts or problems are the justices on one side of the court. That’s not a very powerful reason.”

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Honorary degrees, it is believed, began with European institutions in the late Middle Ages. In America, George Washington received one of the first—in 1776 from Harvard, the nation’s oldest university. Today, most universities that confer honorary degrees do so upon recommendations by committees comprising faculty, administrators, trustees or others.

In his book, “Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution,” literary theorist and legal scholar Stanley Fish rejected the notion that an honorary degree award is a strong statement of a university’s own values. He wrote: “By conferring an honorary degree, a university recognizes the significance—in the sense of magnitude—of the recipient’s labors; it does not endorse them.”

McGinnis’ colleague, Andrew Koppelman, represents the law school on Northwestern University’s honorary degree committee, and he rejects Fish’s view of those degrees.

“Fish is obviously wrong about the significance of honorary degrees,” he said. “Suppose that a university gave an honorary degree—while he was still alive—to Osama bin Laden, in recognition of the fact that he managed to have political effects of enormous magnitude. Would Fish support that?

“But even if you applied Fish’s standard, it would be odd that Sotomayor and not Scalia gets honorary degrees,” Koppelman said. “Thus far, Scalia’s work on the court has been far more significant.”

As for McGinnis’ survey, Koppelman, who is to the left of McGinnis, said, “I agree with John on this one. His evidence of political bias is pretty overwhelming.”

Yale Law School does not give out honorary degrees—the university does the bestowing. Yale’s website lists its criteria for the awards: "Since the commencement of 1702, the Yale Corp. has awarded honorary degrees to recognize outstanding achievement. Currently, the honorary degrees awarded annually at the university’s commencement are the highest honors conferred by Yale. From Martin Luther King Jr. to Frank Lloyd Wright and Cole Porter, those who have received honorary degrees represent collectively the aspirations of this institution.”

From the political realm, honorary degree recipients have included Hillary Clinton and presidents George W. Bush and Gerald Ford, according to the university.

As to whether ideology is a factor, a university representative said, “We wouldn’t have information for you on the work of the honorary degree committee regarding the candidates they may consider. We only announce the names of degree recipients.”

A Princeton spokesman declined to discuss details about any individual considered for an honorary degree, but said they are awarded only if 80 percent of a committee comprising trustees, faculty and students approves. The full board of trustees makes the final decision.

“Ideology plays no role in making decisions about honorary degrees. Please note that we awarded our honorary degree to Justice Sotomayor in 2001, long before she was named to the Supreme Court,” the spokesman said.

Conservatives honored

So what universities have awarded honorary degrees to the high court’s conservative justices? Here is a sample:

Roberts: College of the Holy Cross.

Scalia: William & Mary, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, Marymount University, University of Notre Dame.

Kennedy: New York University, University of the Pacific.

Thomas: College of the Holy Cross, The John Marshall Law School.

Alito: Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law; St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, Seton Hall University School of Law.

McGinnis believes the different treatment of justices on the right and left “offers some indirect evidence” that professors on the right also suffer discrimination at elite law schools.

“After all, the faculty and the administration of the law schools likely have some influence on who gets honorary degrees,” he wrote. “And no doubt there is likely to be a similar message in many classrooms about which justices are worthy of emulation.”

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