Neil Gorsuch

The 2016-17 Supreme Court Term

On Feb. 1, federal Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. After a year in which Senate Republicans refused to consider Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Court, Gorsuch is poised to have his confirmation hearings begin on March 20. Georgia State legal experts and faculty reflect on the Court, weigh in on the possibility of landmark cases being heard without a full bench and explain what it would take to get a new justice confirmed.

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To Fix Confirmation Process We Need
To Face the Truth About SCOTUS

by Eric Segall, Kathy and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law

As the dust settles over the bitterly partisan confirmation battles over Judge Garland and Justice Gorsuch, there is a large consensus that the Supreme Court is a damaged if not broken institution. Liberal commentators have been speculating, for the first time in 85 years, about the possibility of a Court packing plan the next time the Democrats hold both the Congress and the presidency. The Editorial Board of the New York Times recently worried that the politics surrounding who nominates and confirms future justices could “shake the court system and American jurisprudence to its core.”READ MORE…



Caren Morrison, associate professor of law, served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Eastern District of New York from 2001 to 2006, where she prosecuted international narcotics traffickers and organized crime. She is following the nomination process.

Eric Segall, the Kathy & Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law, is the author of “Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court Is Not a Court and Its Justices are Not Judges.” He is following the effects of Justice Scalia’s death on the Court’s docket.

Tanya Washington, professor of law, focuses her research and scholarship on issues related to educational equity and issues arising at the intersection of domestic relations, race and children’s constitutional rights. An amicus curiae brief co-written by Washington was cited by Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion of Obergefell v. Hodges.

Patrick Wiseman, professor of law, teaches constitutional law and related courses, all of which are about the U.S. Supreme Court. He is following the Senate’s obligations in the nomination process.


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