Law Students Against Alito

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Sample Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

In your coverage of Judge Samuel Alito, you have not addressed the growing opposition to Alito’s nomination among America’s law students. This opposition is telling. Law students are particularly well equipped to see this nomination for what it actually is: an attempt to place a member of a small conservative minority on the Court in order to dramatically shift the balance of the law to the far right.

Many of my fellow students and I oppose this nomination because a Court controlled by movement conservatives like Judge Alito will roll back our right to privacy, will overturn years of progress on civil rights, and will strip Congress of the power to solve pressing national problems, such as keeping guns out of our schools and domestic violence out of our homes. We hope all Americans will join students around the country in demanding a more mainstream appointment to the Supreme Court.

[Your Name]
[Your School or Home Town]

Law Students Against Alito

Sample Letter to Your Senator

Dear Senator [Senator’s name here]:

As a law student in [your state here], I write to express my opposition to President Bush’s nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. It is my generation of law students that will practice law under the decisions of the Justices now being placed on the Supreme Court, and will bear the great responsibility of challenging decisions that restrict fundamental rights and freedoms.

A small conservative minority of America's legal elite has a radical agenda to change American law, beginning by changing the composition and balance of the Supreme Court. The vision of this minority would limit Congress's ability to solve America's problems, deny fundamental constitutional rights including basic rights to privacy, and undo the tremendous progress our nation has made over the past few generations in protecting the civil rights of all Americans. Judge Alito is an active member of this extreme minority and we are therefore strongly opposed to his nomination. I am especially troubled that this nominee would take the place of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who was a consistent voice of balance, stability, and moderation.

As a Senator, you have the constitutional obligation to stand as a bulwark against the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice whose views represent only a narrow segment of our nation. Your Advise and Consent power means that you can and should ensure that American jurisprudence continues to be characterized by justice and freedom for all, rather than advancing the political agenda of a few.

I urge you to vote against Judge Alito, and to ask the President to select a mainstream nominee who can unite all Americans. Finally, I urge you to take the long view when it comes to the composition of the Court as my generation and our children and grandchildren will live for decades with the decisions you make today.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

[Your Name]
[Home Town, if it is the same as the state of your school]