There has been an avalanche of essays, articles and blog posts discussing Justice Antonin Scalia’s successor. The vacancy is much more important than most prior empty seats because the Supreme Court, for the first time, is divided four-to-four among Democrats and Republicans with the most conservative Democrat (Breyer) being more liberal than the most liberal… more »
On April 4, the U.S. Supreme Court decided an important case about the nature of our democracy. Although there were partisan political overtones to the case, the vote in Evenwel v. Abbott was 8-0, proving that these justices are capable of deciding a constitutional case unmoved by such political considerations.
The case involved… more »
Justice Antonin Scalia’s empty seat at the Supreme Court generated two orders the week of March 28 that demonstrate yet again the essentially political nature of our highest Court.
Within minutes of President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court on March 16, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Republican majority leader in the U.S. Senate, took to the floor of the Senate to reiterate his insistence that the “people,” by voting in November, have a say in… more »
On March 16, President Obama announced his pick for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia: Merrick Garland, chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
The president’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland puts the Republican leadership, which announced within hours of Justice Antonin Scalia‘s passing that it would not vet any Supreme Court nominees, between a rock and a hard place. Judge Garland, a moderate candidate, enjoyed considerable support from GOP leadership for his appointment to… more »
By nominating Judge Merrick Garland, chief judge of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Barack Obama apparently has taken the path of least resistance.
Judge Garland is eminently qualified to serve on the Court. He is known to be a moderate centrist on… more »
For the first time in 10 years, Justice Clarence Thomas asked a series of questions during oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Feb. 29. Reports of the argument indicate that the sound of his gravelly voice caused gasps among the audience, so unfamiliar was it.
It seems unlikely,… more »
The Georgia State Law American Constitution Society students tapped Professors Neil Kinkopf, Eric Segall, Patrick Wiseman and Emory University Associate Law Professor Alexander “Sasha” Volokh, for a noon panel discussion, “Implications of Justice Scalia’s Death,” on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Room 241.
Implications of Justice Scalia’s Death Time and… more »
A former Supreme Court law clerk remembers Justice Scalia
Justice Antonin Scalia was perhaps one of the most polarizing figures in the American judiciary. Revered by some and antagonizing to others, perhaps the one sentiment shared by all familiar with his work was that he was undeniably brilliant. If he was against you, you bristled at… more »