Supreme Court Appointment Process: Roles of the President, Judiciary Committee, and Senate

Supreme Court Appointment Process: Roles of the President, Judiciary Committee, and Senate

Date: September 3, 2010
Creator: Rutkus, Denis S.
Description: This report discusses the appointment of Supreme Court Justices, including the President's selection of a nominee and process to reach confirmation in the Senate. The appointment of a Supreme Court Justice is an event of major significance in American politics. Each appointment is of consequence because of the enormous judicial power the Supreme Court exercises as the highest appellate court in the federal judiciary. Appointments are usually infrequent, as a vacancy on the nine-member Court may occur only once or twice, or never at all, during a particular President's years in office. Under the Constitution, Justices on the Supreme Court receive lifetime appointments. Such job security in the government has been conferred solely on judges and, by constitutional design, helps insure the Court's independence from the President and Congress.
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Questioning Supreme Court Nominees About Their Views on Legal or Constitutional Issues: A Recurring Issue

Questioning Supreme Court Nominees About Their Views on Legal or Constitutional Issues: A Recurring Issue

Date: June 23, 2010
Creator: Rutkus, Denis Steven
Description: This report discusses a recurring Senate issue regarding what kinds of questions are appropriate for Senators to pose to a Supreme Court nominee appearing at hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Particularly at issue has been whether, or to what extent, questions by committee members should seek out a nominee's personal views on current legal or constitutional issues or on past Supreme Court decisions that have involved those issues.
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Supreme Court Nominations Not Confirmed, 1789-August 2010

Supreme Court Nominations Not Confirmed, 1789-August 2010

Date: August 20, 2010
Creator: Hogue, Henry B.
Description: From 1789 through August 2010, Presidents submitted 160 nominations to Supreme Court positions. Of these, 36 were not confirmed by the Senate. This report provides a summary of these unsuccessful nominations and the factors that lead to them.
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Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan: Presidential Authority and the Separation of Powers

Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan: Presidential Authority and the Separation of Powers

Date: June 4, 2010
Creator: Tatelman, Todd B.
Description: In light of Elena Kagan's nomination to serve as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, this report analyzes then-Professor Kagan's views of executive power and the doctrine of separation of powers as laid most extensively out in her 2001 Harvard Law Review article Presidential Administration.
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Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan: Selected Freedom of Speech Scholarship

Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan: Selected Freedom of Speech Scholarship

Date: June 18, 2010
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Description: President Obama has nominated his Solicitor General, Elena Kagan, to be the next Supreme Court Justice. If confirmed, she would fill the seat being vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens upon his retirement at the end of the 2009/2010 term. Prior to her term as Solicitor General, Ms. Kagan, in her capacity as an academic and scholar, wrote influential pieces analyzing free speech jurisprudence. This report will explain these articles in further detail, as well as an additional, shorter piece, discussing the First Amendment implications of codes of conduct at public universities.
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Speed of Presidential and Senate Actions on Supreme Court Nominations, 1900-2010

Speed of Presidential and Senate Actions on Supreme Court Nominations, 1900-2010

Date: August 6, 2010
Creator: Garrett, R. S. & Rutkus, Denis S.
Description: This report provides information on the amount of time taken to act on all Supreme Court nominations occurring between 1900 and the present. It focuses on the actual amounts of time that Presidents and the Senate have taken to act (as opposed to the elapsed time between official points in the process). This report focuses on when the Senate became aware of the President's selection (e.g., via a public announcement by the President).
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Supreme Court Nominations, 1789 - 2010: Actions by the Senate, the Judiciary Committee, and the President

Supreme Court Nominations, 1789 - 2010: Actions by the Senate, the Judiciary Committee, and the President

Date: August 23, 2010
Creator: Rutkus, Denis Steven & Bearden, Maureen
Description: This report lists and describes actions taken by the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the President on all Supreme Court nominations, from 1789 to the present.
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Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan: Defamation and the First Amendment

Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan: Defamation and the First Amendment

Date: June 10, 2010
Creator: Liu, Edward C.
Description: This report discusses prior writings by Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on the interaction of defamation law and the First Amendment of the Constitution. It is based on two articles on defamation law written by Kagan during her academic career at the University of Chicago Law School and the Harvard Law School. The most recent of these articles is from 2000, and Kagan has not revisited this topic in any published writings since then. Thus, these two articles appear to represent her most extensive examination of the interaction between the First Amendment and defamation law.
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Supreme Court Nominations Not Confirmed, 1789-2009

Supreme Court Nominations Not Confirmed, 1789-2009

Date: May 11, 2010
Creator: Hogue, Henry B.
Description: From 1789 through 2009, Presidents submitted 159 nominations to Supreme Court positions. Of these, 36 were not confirmed by the Senate. This report provides a summary of these unsuccessful nominations and the factors that lead to them.
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The Jurisprudence of Justice John Paul Stevens: Selected Federalism Issues

The Jurisprudence of Justice John Paul Stevens: Selected Federalism Issues

Date: May 19, 2010
Creator: Thomas, Kenneth R.
Description: During Justice John Paul Stevens's tenure on the Supreme Court, the Court has continued to develop its jurisprudence on these constitutional provisions in resolving tension between federal versus state authority. Justice Stevens himself has written notable opinions on a range of federalism issues.
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