There are two hundred and five approved law schools in the United States of America. There are nine Justices appointed to the Supreme Court. Currently there are four justices from Harvard, three justices form Yale and one justice from Columbia/Harvard. Our Supreme Court Justices are all defined by a small legal population of the northeast portion of our country.
The United States of America is a large country. Why do our Supreme Court Justices come from such a small portion of this great nation? Columbia, Yale and Harvard are all good law schools, but they are not the only good law schools in this country. There are several others, i.e. Michigan, Northwestern, Stanford, John Marshal to name a few. Why do all our Supreme Court justices come from a select northeast portion of the country? Everyone should be represented by the Supreme Court. They aren’t, and for the most part they never have been and if we keep appointing from Yale, Columbia and Harvard, they never will be.
I was born in Chicago grew up and lived there, was married, had four children until the age of thirty-five. In 1965 we moved our family of four children to Montana and have lived there ever since. It is different. It’s not like Chicago. I’ve traveled from one corner of this great country to several others; they are all different. They are not all like Harvard, Yale and Columbia and their differences deserve to be represented on the Supreme Court. Why aren’t they? Only Harvard, Yale and Columbia people represent the people of this country.
To have the different postures of people from all over the country represented the country should be divided into nine Supreme Court districts and we should have a judge from each district on the court. A little portion of the northeast is not the hub of the wheel that this country turns on. Everyone should have representation on the court, not only the select few from Harvard, Yale and Columbia. They are great law schools, but they are not the only great law schools in this country. Michigan, Northwestern, Stanford, John Marshal to name a few would put forth outstanding legal advice on a par or better than the select few in the north east. Diversity will provide the solution to our problems not conformity. We cannot keep drinking out of the same well we have to taste different water if we are to avoid conformity.
We are in the process of the President selecting a new appointee to the Supreme Court. Much is being made of their personal backgrounds; their religion, their leanings left or right, past decisions they have made in the lower courts that disclose their political leanings. However, you find your way into a position of government you are not elected or appointed to serve special interests; you were elected to serve all the people of this great country. To serve them you need to cast all your personal basis aside, leave them outside your office door and attack the problem from a neutral position where everyone’s interests are represented.
Slavery was not the only thing that the Founding Fathers failed to solve in the construction of our Constitution. They did do one hell-of-a job that has served us well for more than two hundred years. However, we need to try drink new water, we need to drink from different wells and drink fresh clean water if we are to retain our status as the best form of government yet put forth on this old globe. We must cast aside our personal prejudices, we must fight to lead the way so that all the electorate will be served, not just the privileged few.