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April 20, 2011

Scholarship Spotlight: Scholarship
The Scholarship is open to full-time college students in the U.S. who are citizens or legal residents. Applicants must also have at least a 3.5 GPA. One scholarship for $1,500 will be awarded. Applicants are required to write an essay, at least 1,500 words in length, on the following topic: Recently , Elena Kagan was sworn in as the latest justice on the U. S. Supreme Court. Kagan's background includes positions as dean of the Harvard Law School and professor of constitutional and administrative law at Harvard and the University of Chicago, associate White House counsel and policy advisor during the Clinton administration, and a brief stint as Solicitor General in the Obama administration prior to her nomination to the Supreme Court.
Based on the information given above and information gleaned from outside sources, respond to one of the following essay prompts: 1. Kagan wrote that "a judge should try to the greatest extent possible to separate constitutional interpretation from his or her values and beliefs. In order to accomplish this result, the judge should look to constitutional text, history, structure and precedent." In your opinion, can legal decisions be made outside of the need to achieve social ends? Is the best constitutional interpretation one that is completely divorced from personal values and beliefs? 2. Kagan opponents like to point to the fact that although she has a long career related to law, she has published very little academic scholarship and has had no previous experience as a judge. What credentials matter for a U.S. Supreme court justice? 3. Kagan is the fourth female U. S. Supreme Court justice. What has been the impact of including women on the Supreme Court? Deadline: 6/1/2011 Website: Scholarship

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