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"Samuel A. Alito began serving as an adjunct professor at the Law School in 1999, teaching Constitutional Law I during the fall semester. In the spring of 2000, he taught Constitutional Law II. In both the spring of 2003 and 2004, he taught a course on Terrorism and Civil Liberties, which he developed. That course examined constitutional and other legal questions presented by antiterrorism measures adopted by the U.S.
In 1995, Judge Alito was presented with the Law School's Saint Thomas More Medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of law."
"YLS Dean Harold Hongju Koh made the following statement: "It is always a great honor for our School when the President nominates one of our graduates for such an important post. Since leaving Yale, Judge Alito has certainly been a dedicated public servant, while working in a series of challenging government jobs. Although I have not gotten to know the judge personally, a number of my colleagues on the Yale Law faculty remember him with fondness and respect.
If confirmed, Alito will join fellow YLS graduate Clarence Thomas '74 on the U.S. Supreme Court."
Senate Judiciary Committee testimony of Samuel A. Alito, Jr., nominee for judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, is at pages 574-576. His nominee questionnaire responses, dated February 24, 1990, begin at page 632.
Extensive questions and answers about the Alito nomination and its relation to previous nominations. Transcript indicates a 38 minute briefiing. Review indicates a contentious briefing at times. The questions and responses also deal with Scooter Libby indictment and other issues raised by it.
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