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Despite rumors in DC, Justice Kennedy not retiring

Photo: U.S. Supreme Court via MGN Online

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) – Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was the focus of some of the speculation stemming from the high court, Monday. Rumors circulated that the justice might have considered retiring.

Monday, was the courts last public session until the next term opens in October. Former law clerks of Kennedy said they thought the justice was considering stepping down within one to two years.

Fueling these rumors further, Justice Kennedy gathered with former clerks at a reunion over the weekend. This event sparked suspicion that he could step down from the bench.

Justice Kennedy will turn 81 in July and has served on the Supreme Court for nearly 30 years. He was born in Sacramento, California.

Kennedy attended Stanford University for his bachelor’s degree and majored in political science. He spent a year abroad at the London School of Economics before graduating in 1958. He returned to his alma mater in 2009 to deliver the commencement address. Kennedy went on to graduate from Harvard University Law School in 1961.

Upon graduating from law school, Kennedy joined the California Army National Guard. That same year he went into private practice and remained there until 1975.

While in private practice he also taught constitutional law at McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific in Sacramento from 1965 to 1988.

At 38, Kennedy was appointed to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, making him one of the youngest appellate judges in history.

Then in 1988, Kennedy was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Regan. He was nominated to fill the seat of Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. who retired June 27, 1987, according to The Washington Post. Kennedy took his seat February 18, 1988.

He has also held several positions throughout his career including: board Federal Judicial Center, Advisory Panel for Judicial Conference of the United States, Financial Disclosure Reports Committee Judicial Conference of the United States (formerly the Advisory Committee on Codes of Conduct) and the Committee on Pacific Territories.

Editor’s Note: Biographical information about Justice Anthony Kennedy used in this article was gathered from supremecourt.gov and standford.edu.

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