2006 Archive

Boalt Professor Testifies in Alito Confirmation Hearings

Assistant Professor Goodwin Liu testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 13 in the confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito, Jr. In his testimony, Liu said Alito has "an exceptionally talented legal mind."The concern, he wrote, “is Judge Alito's lack of skepticism toward government power that infringes on individual rights and liberties. Throughout his career, with few exceptions, Judge Alito has sided with the police, prosecutors, immigration officials and other government agents." Liu, who served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the October 2000 term and for Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1998 to 1999, has expertise in constitutional law, civil rights, the Supreme Court, and education policy. 1/17/2006