Over 100 law school organizations issue statement on Alito leak, calling on lawyers to be prepared
Judge Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs annihilates half a century of cancellation of the previous roe deer and also presented us with an awesome new timeline where the Supreme Court launches its own little Spanish Inquisition just because someone stopped the Court from sitting on its most egregious assaults on the Constitution until it was ready to going out for summer vacation.
But the draft opinion does more than eliminate roe deer, he declares that any interest in freedom that heterosexual white men could not enjoy in the 18th century is inherently suspect. Alito likes to use his opinions to set the table. He used a random case as a springboard to tell lawyers to bring him a union gutting case, and then he did – undoing four decades of precedent along the way. The bill signaling marriage equality and contraceptives — written in approving language that reads much more like “an awfully good-looking same-sex marriage you have here, too bad if anything happened to him” — provides the list of Alito’s wishes for the next decade. I don’t think Alito is responsible for the leak, but if the final opinion comes out and those explicit references are removed, it wouldn’t take much to convince me that he just wanted to make sure his plan be published first.
But this plan of attack – even if the draft opinion suffers some moderation – also telegraphs the battles that lawyers will have to fight for their clients in the future. A joint statement signed by more than 100 law school organizations emphasizes this and calls on the profession.
As we prepare to enter the legal community, it is our collective responsibility to confront and challenge the injustices of the system we inherit. As future lawyers, it is our duty to fight for justice while protecting and restoring the credibility of our judicial institutions. Whether
we do this through direct advocacy, litigation, community service or pro bono, we must not rest until our bodies and basic rights belong to us.
We call on law students, jurists, legal organizations, and lawyers across the country to leverage the tools we have been given to advocate for a more just society. We ask the Supreme Court to respect precedents and protect our rights.
No Federalist Society signatories? It’s so weird since we’re always told they’re so non-partisan!
View the full letter here.
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