Monday, January 2, 2017

Where did SCOTX attend undergrad/law school?!?

Thus says the Lord:

“Keep justice, and do righteousness,
For My salvation is about to come,
And My righteousness to be revealed.
Isaiah 56:1

[UPDATE: An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed Justice Willett's law school as Baylor, when it's actually Duke.  We regret the mistake, though we will politely suggest that Justice Willett's bio on the Supreme Court website could be written more clearly.  That being said, it changes none of our underlying points.]

[UPDATE II: Apparently, the reason A&M doesn't have any alum on the court is because they didn't even have a law school until a few years ago.  We were, to put it mildly, not aware of that factoid and have updated the post accordingly.  Although, once again, it doesn't change the underlying point.]

With Wallace Hall's case coming to SCOTX in ten days, we decided to check where the Justices had attended undergrad and law school.  Considering that this case is about a good ol' boy network engaging in a cover-up, it seems a logical piece of due diligence.  We'll list the results then offer a brief comment below.
Our First Reaction: This is phenomenally good news.  It means the broader Burnt Orange mafia isn't in a position to dance with the UT politburo.  While three of the Justices are UT undergrads (which, even then, isn't that many), lawyer loyalties tend to lie with where they went to law school.

Our Second Reaction: This is actually pathetic.  For as much as they yammer incessantly about "excellence" and being the "flagship" university of the state, U.T. law school only has one alum on the Texas Supreme Court.  For crying out loud, South Texas College of Law has more alumni on the Supreme Court than UT.

Our Third Reaction: The lack of elite credentialing probably has something to do with why the Texas Supreme Court tends to issue sensible rulings.

Bottom Line: No obvious red flags here.

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