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Fri Sep 28, 2018, 12:18 PM

Can Yale withdraw Kavanaugh's law degree, and if so would he lose his judgeships?

I know this wouldn't happen, but it is fun daydreaming.

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Reply Can Yale withdraw Kavanaugh's law degree, and if so would he lose his judgeships? (Original post)
erronis Sep 2018 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Sep 2018 #1
California_Republic Sep 2018 #2
MineralMan Sep 2018 #8
qazplm135 Sep 2018 #3
avebury Sep 2018 #4
MineralMan Sep 2018 #5
erronis Sep 2018 #13
mythology Sep 2018 #6
TexasProgresive Sep 2018 #7
unblock Sep 2018 #9
NewJeffCT Sep 2018 #10
obamanut2012 Sep 2018 #11
grantcart Sep 2018 #14
Tommy_Carcetti Sep 2018 #12
grantcart Sep 2018 #15

Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 12:20 PM

1. Are you kidding? The Ivy League sticks together.

And anyhow, actual degrees are never withdrawn if the student completed their course work and graduated, no matter what heinous things they might have done elsewhere. Honorary degrees can be and are withdrawn, though.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 12:20 PM

2. Interesting

Interesting. What does it take to practice law?

I know you need to pass the bar but can you do that without a Law degree?

Probably more of a disbarred situation

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Response to California_Republic (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 12:24 PM

8. There used to be some states in which you could practice

law without a law degree. I don't know if there are any today. Apprenticing with an attorney and passing the Bar exam was one way to become an attorney in those states.

There are still four such states:

Today, only four states California, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington allow aspiring lawyers to take the bar exam without going to law school. Instead, they are given the option to apprentice with a practicing attorney or judge. (New York, Maine and Wyoming offer an apprenticeship alternative as well, but also require some law school.)


https://priceonomics.com/how-to-be-a-lawyer-without-going-to-law-school/

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 12:20 PM

3. Don't even have to be a lawyer

To sit on the supreme Court

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 12:21 PM

4. I would like to see the Democrats on the Committee

file a complaint against Kavanaugh with whatever State Bar that he holds a Law License. Hopefully the Bar will conduct an investigation of the complaints against him.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 12:22 PM

5. No and No.

First, Yale would not do that and no, it wouldn't affect his positions. He is a member of the Bar. He is a judge. Impeachment is the only way to remove a federal judge.

Work on electing more Democrats, instead of grasping at straws.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 01:27 PM

13. Yes. Elect more Democrats. I didn't think the straw would give succor.

It wasn't too long ago that anybody could practice medicine without a license also. Still some forms of quackery is allowed.

Also interesting that these types of professions are self-regulated (ABA, AMA, etc.) rather than having a federal (or global) licensing. I guess if you have the power you can make up the rules (witness the Senate.)

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 12:22 PM

6. It would have no impact. There isn't a requirement that one has a law degree to be a judge

 

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 12:23 PM

7. I don't think the Constitution requires on being a judge much less a lawyer to be on the court.

My Dad said that they should be others as well on the court- great thinkers, perhaps philosophers and not just lawyers.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 12:25 PM

9. generally speaking, universities only do this on the basis of cheating.

i don't know yale's policies in particular, but if he were found to have cheated on some tests at yale, then they likely could withdraw his degree.

universities generally don't withdraw degrees for anything that happened outside the university context. in this case, maybe if he lied on his original application, though i'm not sure we've heard anything to make us think he did that.


that said, he doesn't need a law degree to be a justice on the supreme court, so it would be a great insult, but in practice, meaningless.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 12:31 PM

10. You don't need a law license to sit on the Supreme Court

I remember that coming up in the 90s with Bill Clinton, as he was rarely mentioned for SCOTUS

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 12:34 PM

11. You do not have to be an attorney or licensed

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 01:29 PM

14. +1

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 12:34 PM

12. I doubt they could affect his legal standing.

That's regulated by whatever bar Kavanaugh is a member of.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #12)

Fri Sep 28, 2018, 01:29 PM

15. Bar affiliation not a requirement in any case

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