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11 Nov, 2019

A Beginner’s Guide to Supreme Court History: The First 100 Years

2019-11-11T21:40:11+00:00November 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

  This is the second post in our multi-part series which covers the history of the Court—from establishment and its first 100 years to landmark cases and the Court’s future.  Our first installment detailing the Court’s establishment is available here. * * * At its founding the United States Supreme Court was an appellate court—a [...]

6 Sep, 2019

Justice Kavanaugh’s First Year Impact

2019-09-06T17:00:20+00:00September 6th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Last September, 20 million people watched a combative Brett Kavanaugh defend himself and his judicial record during a contentious week of confirmation hearings.  The Senate ultimately confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a 50-48 vote, largely split down party lines. With Kavanaugh’s second term set to begin October 1, we take a look at [...]

26 Oct, 2018

Sandra Day O’Connor to Step Away from Public Life, Citing Dementia

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

  Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says she has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and will step away from public life. O'Connor, 88, was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan as the first female Supreme Court justice of the United States in 1981. O’Connor served on the nation’s highest [...]

3 Oct, 2018

The Supreme Court Starts One Justice Down

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

The Supreme Court began its new term Monday without nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  Sitting with eight Justices – just like the beginning of the 2016 term – Chief Justice John Roberts found his courtroom mired in a political battle over President Trump’s controversial choice to fill Justice Kennedy’s seat. Republicans had hoped to have Kavanaugh confirmed [...]

10 May, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy to Retire Next Month?

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00May 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

  “I believe we’re going to have another Supreme Court justice this year. I think Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer.” – Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. Rumors of Justice Kennedy’s impending retirement have persisted for the last three years.  With six weeks left in the 2017 term – Kennedy’s 30th year as [...]

24 Feb, 2016

President Obama on His Search for the Next Supreme Court Justice

2019-03-18T18:47:22+00:00February 24th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

  Official portrait of President Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza) President Barack Obama has publicly outlined the traits he seeks in a new Supreme Court Justice.  Via a post at SCOTUSblog.com Wednesday morning entitled “A Responsibility I Take Seriously,” Obama revealed the characteristics he is looking for in a [...]