The U.S. Constitution is silent on qualifications to be named to the high court. The president nominates a person, and the Senate then confirms with a simple majority. There is no job description.
The outrageous radio host would add diversity to the bench. He’d be the only non-lawyer — the ultimate outsider, which apparently is what voters want. The court could use a perspective not rooted in the knowledge of law.
Stern has experience as a judge on “America’s Got Talent,” becoming the level-headed moderate one on the panel. That’s more than law professors immersed in the theory of the legal system.
Justices Stanley Forman Reed and Robert H. Jackson were the last to leave the Supreme Court without law degrees. Reed served from 1938 to 1957 and was considered a moderate. Jackson, who was a prosecutor of Nazi leaders at the Nuremberg Trials, held his seat from 1941 to 1954. Both attended law school for a year or two, but never finished. Both left solid, respected legacies.