Law Students Against Alito

Thursday, November 17, 2005

LSAA in the News

Law Students Against Alito was written up in the New York Times last Sunday.

Here's some background reading.
Know your rights, and know where he's wrong.

Cass Sunstein analyzes Alito's dissents in the Washington Post, finding that they would have limited civil rights and diluted the constitutional rights of criminal defendants.

Slate's William Saletan on how Alito's opinions treat women like girls.

Even an article in the Wall Street Journal concedes that Alito's federalism decisions are in the extreme.



Friday, November 11, 2005

Welcome to the Good Fight

We have created this website to organize a national network of law students who oppose the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Here’s what you can do to make our generation’s voice heard.

First, sign our petition to the Senate opposing the nomination.

Second, if your school does not already have a group opposing the nomination, help start one. E-mail us if you would like help getting started, and we will link your efforts to those on campuses around the country.

We have set up pages for each Gang of 14 state below to coordinate law student efforts. Please post news, links, event announcements, and other information for the LSAA effort in your state.

While we encourage you to be creative in planning activities at your school, we should all call and write our Senators. You can find information on contacting your Senators by clicking on the state entry below. You can also ask to set up meetings with your Senators and their staffs to let them know that law students oppose Alito’s nomination. These can be powerful influences on a Senator’s decision.

You should also write a letter to the editor in your local newspaper, which will be read on the Hill and by your fellow citizens. The state pages contain sample letters and contact information for newspapers.

If you have questions or ideas for what we can do, please contact us at againstalito@yahoo.com.

If you would like us to set up an area for a state that's outside the Gang of 14, just let us know.

Monday, November 07, 2005

You Want Answers? We Think We’re Entitled To Them

We know Judge Alito is a radical conservative, but during the Senate hearings the Administration will try to portray him as a mild-mannered mainstream nominee. Of course he won’t admit to having an “agenda,” but not having an announced agenda does not mean he won’t radically alter the balance on the Court. During these hearings, Senators must show Judge Alito to be what he is: a conservative from the far right of the spectrum.

What questions should Senators ask to force Judge Alito to explain his conservative viewpoints to the American people? Dahlia Lithwick has suggested a few to get us started at the end of this recent piece in Slate. E-mail us or post your questions here and we will send the best to the Judiciary Committee. If a radical conservative is going to be appointed to the Supreme Court, America deserves to know exactly what that will mean for our future.

What’s Wrong With Alito?

Conservatives are out in force all over the media trying to convince people that Samuel Alito is “mainstream.” We know that’s a lie. Judge Alito is a darling of the radical right and has been for years. Moderate leaders need to explain in simple and cogent terms why Samual Alito is wrong for America. So we’re hosting a contest to collectively put together the Top 10 Reasons Samuel Alito Is Wrong For America.

America’s law students have read the case law and understand legal doctrine. We can explain why Judge Alito is an extreme conservative whose appointment to the Supreme Court would mark a radical and undesirable shift in the law. E-mail us or post a one-sentence comment below with your reason why Samuel Alito, based on his judicial opinions and the judicial philosophy of the conservative ideological movement, is wrong for America. We’ll compile the top 10 reasons and release them to the media and share them with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

LSAA - Arizona

News and updates from the home state of Sen. John McCain.

LSAA - Arkansas

News and updates from the home state of Sen. Mark Pryor.

LSAA - Colorado

News and updates from the home state of Sen. Ken Salazar.

LSAA - Connecticut

News and updates from the home state of Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

LSAA - Hawaii

News and updates from the home state of Sen. Daniel Inouye.

LSAA - Louisiana

News and updates from the home state of Sen. Mary Landrieu.

LSAA - Maine

News and updates from the home state of Sen. Olympia Snowe and Sen. Susan Collins.

LSAA - Nebraska

News and updates from the home state of Sen. Ben Nelson.

LSAA - Ohio

News and updates from the home state of Sen. Michael DeWine.

LSAA - Rhode Island

News and updates from the home state of Sen. Lincoln Chafee.

LSAA - South Carolina

News and updates from the home state of Sen. Lindsey Graham

LSAA - Virginia

News and updates from the home state of Sen. John Warner.

LSAA - West Virginia

Updates on the effort in the home state of Sen. Robert Byrd