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The Honorable Brett Kavanaugh '83 Confirmed to Serve on the U.S. Supreme Court


The Honorable Brett Kavanaugh '83 has been confirmed by the United States Senate to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

Since 2006, Justice Kavanaugh has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., Circuit.

A native Washingtonian, Justice Kavanaugh was a member of Georgetown Prep's varsity basketball and football teams and served on the staff of the Little Hoya, the school's newspaper. After graduating from Prep in 1983, he matriculated at Yale University (1987) and earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1990. He served as the Notes Editor for the Yale Law Review while in law school.

After law school, Justice Kavanaugh clerked for Judge Walter Stapleton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 1993, he earned a clerkship with Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court. Justice Kennedy announced his retirement from the Court in late June.

In 1994, Justice Kavanaugh served as an Associate Counsel in the office of the Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr during the President William Clinton investigation. He was later named as a partner of the law firm Kirkland and Ellis in Washington, D.C. In 2003, Justice Kavanaugh was named Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary to President George W. Bush.

Justice Kavanaugh is the second Georgetown Prep alumnus to be confirmed to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court; on January 31, 2017, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch '85 was nominated by President Trump and confirmed in April 2017 as an Associate Justice.

Justice Kavanaugh mentioned in his acceptance of the nomination that one of the goals of Jesuit education is the aspiration to be a "man or woman for others." The call to public service is one of the highest manifestations of that ethic. We congratulate Justice Kavanaugh on his confirmation and promise our prayers for him and his family as he strives to be that person for others in the service of our nation.