Daughter of Kavanaugh supporter and self-proclaimed 'Tiger Mom' Amy Chua lands Supreme Court clerkship

Daughter of Kavanaugh supporter and self-proclaimed 'Tiger Mom' Amy Chua lands Supreme Court clerkship
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After President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, Yale law professor Amy Chua wrote a July 12, 2018 op-ed for the Wall Street Journal exalting him as “a mentor for young lawyers, particularly women.” Legal analyst Elie Mystal and others denounced the op-ed as shamelessly self-serving, arguing that Chua was hoping to set up her daughter, Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, for a clerkship if the U.S. Senate confirmed Kavanaugh. And even though Chua denied that allegation, the Supreme Court announced on Monday that Kavanaugh has hired Chua-Rubenfeld for a clerk position that will begin in October.

In her glowing July 12, 2018 endorsement of Kavanaugh, Chua claimed that Chua-Rubenfeld (a 2018 Yale Law School graduate) would “probably” look for a different clerkship if Kavanaugh were confirmed. And Chua-Rubenfeld, in a tweet, claimed that she planned to join the U.S. Army and would not be “applying to SCOTUS anytime soon.” But in a June 10, 2019 tweet, @SCOTUSambitions announced that Chua-Rubenfeld had been “hired by Justice Kavanaugh for October Term 2019.”

As Chua hoped, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate in October — although it didn’t happen easily. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto University psychology professor, alleged that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at party when they were teenagers back in 1982. Some other women alleged sexual misconduct on Kavanaugh’s part as well, including Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick (a client of attorney Michael Avenatti).

Nonetheless, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate along largely partisan lines in October 2018. Only one Democratic senator voted for Kavanaugh (West Virginia’s Joe Manchin), and only one Republican senator didn’t vote for him (Lisa Murkowski of Alaska).

Chua is the author of the 2011 book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother."

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