By nominating the much respected jurist Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, Harvard Law School graduate Barack Obama seeks to fill the previously Harvard-occupied seat with another Harvard Law graduate. All of the current Supreme Court justices attended Ivy League law schools. Even with Scalia (Harvard Law, 1960) missing, the nation’s highest court remains half-staffed by Harvard alums — Scalia had made it five out of the nine.
Obama’s new nominee would return Harvard Law School to the insurmountable lead, giving it five Supreme Court Justices once again. Garland (Harvard Law, 1977) would join John G. Roberts Jr., Anthony M. Kennedy, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan as the Harvard Law contingent on the court. Yale Law School boasts three current SCOTUS justices — Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., and Sonia M. Sotomayor. Columbia University Law School claims Ruth Bader Ginsburg.