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Rotunda a sartorial hit at Senate hearings

July 2, 2010

And a matching handkerchief. Dapper! Photo/Jay Mallin

Chapman University School of Law Professor Ronald Rotunda was called to testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court because he is one of the nation’s most influential legal minds and most frequently cited experts on constitutional law.

But one of his trademark bow ties won a lighter moment of attention at the hearings, too, landing him the Huffington Post’s lofty title of Best-Dressed at the Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings. Rotunda appeared before the senators in a Chapman red blazer set off by a banana yellow bow tie.

“You’ll have to speak up – my tie is pretty loud!” he told the senators.

It’s not every law professor who can comment on such weighty issues while also channeling Groucho.

Law Professor Ronald Rotunda testifying at the Supreme Court confirmation hearings Thursday. Photo/Jay Mallin

Rotunda, who joined Chapman University in 2008, owns several dozen bow ties, including holiday versions for Lincoln’s birthday and St. Patrick’s Day, as well as one emblazoned with sharks carrying briefcases.

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