As a Columbia undergrad, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch '88CC learned how to argue his opinions. pic.twitter.com/8IVM4gAsBA, — Georgetown Prep (@georgetownprep) January 12, 2017. The paper tended to lean conservative, although it said that its founding members were a libertarian, a conservative, and a socialist. “Other than wanting to be as widely read as the Dartmouth Review on their campus,” Levy says, “I don’t remember us wanting to emulate them.”, Many of Gorsuch’s most keenly felt opinions found expression not in the Fed but in Spectator. Classmates claim that he refused to be photographed with a beer in his hand, in case he ran for public office one day. Like he did at Harvard, Gorsuch received a prestigious scholarship while attending Oxford: the Marshall Scholarship, a United Kingdom scholarship intended to “enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country’s future leaders, to study in the UK.”. “Neil liked being one of the guys and having fun, and that was what Fiji was all about.”, If not a loner, Gorsuch was also not quite a joiner; he did not live in the Fiji house at 538 West 114th Street. “He did seem like a man in a hurry,” says Waters. Ambassador to the Czech Republic and a classmate of Obama’s and Gorsuch’s, said on Twitter that Gorsuch would be a great pick. I may not always agree with him but I do think he gives all voices a fair hearing, and that’s all you can ask of a judge.”, Neil Gorsuch’s Education: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know, Copyright © 2020 Heavy, Inc. All rights reserved. (Getty). A contributor to Spectator and a cofounder of the alternative tabloid the Federalist Paper, Gorsuch published editorials and columns that expressed support for the Contras in Nicaragua, pushed back against the campus’s “tyrannical atmosphere” of reflexive liberalism, and criticized left-wing activists for their “muddled thinking” and “vigilante justice.” Much was made of his yearbook quote, a sardonic quip from Henry Kissinger: “The illegal we do immediately, the unconstitutional takes a little longer.”. Much of its more outrageous commentary emanated from the fictitious and semi-satirical “Pierre du Pont Copeland,” a collaboratively constructed character described by Waters as “a very arrogant, wealthy” General Studies student — a sort of comic embodiment of the left’s worst nightmares. He graduated Columbia Phi Beta Kappa and with a prestigious Truman Scholarship. arget="_blank"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">. Either way, Prager pegged his old friend three decades ago. In an April 1986 column he mocked a South Africa–type shanty that had gone up on Low Plaza as a “pre-fabricated, simple and fashionable” knockoff of Dartmouth’s more authentic “crickety and battered” counterpart. There was plenty to sift through. Even those who disagreed with him give him credit for stirring up vigorous debate on a predominantly liberal campus. At Harvard, Gorsuch received the Truman Scholarship, a prestigious and selective scholarship that was created by Congress in 1975; it was named after President Harry Truman, and the scholarship is worth $30,000. “It’s a trite expression,” Prager says, “but it captures what I feel: I thought he was destined for greatness.”, Two Columbia alumni working on a reservation in the rural Southwest are fighting the virus with custom strategies and a long-term vision, These 4 streaming platforms from alumni entrepreneurs are helping people stay active and sane in 2020, Chelsea Miller '18CC, cofounder of Freedom March NYC, brings strategy, organization, and vision to a youth-led civil-rights group, Thomas Vinciguerra ’85CC, ’86JRN, ’90GSAS, Helping the Navajo Nation Combat COVID-19. “Invariably he was questioning motives.”. From 1995 to 2005 he worked in the Washington, DC, law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel as a litigator (he became a partner in 1998), and he later served as principal deputy to Associate Attorney General Robert McCallum under President George W. Bush. Her son’s friends and detractors are unanimous in saying that Gorsuch downplayed this background — not necessarily because he feared notoriety, but because he wanted to be known in his own right. "A state need not subsidize private education. The Federalist is still being published today; it is now led by Adam Kelly-Penso and McKenzie Fritz. (Laplaca recently fessed up: “I was the dummy who violated the sign-posting rules,” he wrote in a letter to Columbia College Today this past spring. He has a way with words. Gorsuch is 49 years old, meaning he could realistically serve on the Supreme Court into the 2050s. 18-1195. Indeed, during Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings in March, more than 150 of his Columbia and Barnard compatriots presented a petition to leading members of the Senate supporting his nomination.
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