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California Law Professor Is Court Nominee

President Obama nominated Goodwin Liu, a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Liu is a law professor and associate dean at the University of California at Berkeley.

Since this announcement on February 24, 2010, there has arisen a “vigorous debate over what Liu’s jurisprudence would look like if he were confirmed.” As discussed in detail on

The BLT: Blog of the Legal Times, supporters and opponents have jumped into the fray, including one of the professor’s students who has started a blog “to counter conservatives’ attempt to label Liu as a liberal firebrand.”

If confirmed, Professor Liu, who is recognized as an expert on constitutional law and education policy and civil rights, would be the only Asian-American jurist on any circuit court according to a press release from the OCA.  Opponents have provided information about Liu and his judicial philosophy, including several rants and an analysis of Liu’s writings from National Review online. In addition, The BLT posted a .pdf of Liu’s answers to the Senate questionnaire.

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