Category Archives: Justices

This Day in Supreme Court History—November 18, 1811

On this day in 1811, the Senate confirmed, by voice vote, two of President James Madison’s nominees to the Supreme Court, Joseph Story and Gabriel Duvall. [Joseph Story] At 32, Story was the youngest Supreme Court appointee in history. The two men received their commissions that same day. (Once they arrived at the Court, Duvall … Continue reading This Day in Supreme Court History—November 18, 1811

News from and about the Court

Arguments in the Supreme Court start up again on Monday. In the meantime, here’s some fun coverage of the Court and the Justices. Ariane de Vogue of CNN wrote an interesting article regarding how the Court “shuns the spotlight.” The Court traditionally bans cameras or live recording in the courtroom during oral arguments, but posts … Continue reading News from and about the Court

Justice Elena Kagan at Chicago-Kent College of Law & ISCOTUS

On Monday, October 16, Chicago Kent was honored to host Justice Elena Kagan. She spoke to a packed house for an hour, answering my questions about the Court, how she works, and her background. We will post video of the interview when it’s available, and we’ll also have our own write-up of the day. But … Continue reading Justice Elena Kagan at Chicago-Kent College of Law & ISCOTUS

Why the Democrats Lost the Gorsuch Hearings

Judge Neil Gorsuch is headed toward Senate confirmation. Ever since the President made the nomination, it has been hard to imagine another outcome. Short of some scandalous skeletons emerging from Judge Gorsuch’s closet—a closet that, by all accounts, appears safely devoid of anything of much interest—this is a loss Democrats expected. The Republicans have the … Continue reading Why the Democrats Lost the Gorsuch Hearings

The Gorsuch Report—Confirmation Hearings Day 1

It’s finally here. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee begins its confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch to become the next associate justice of the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch has been busy during the seven weeks since President Trump nominated him. He has met with 72 senators. He has been studying, going over his own opinions … Continue reading The Gorsuch Report—Confirmation Hearings Day 1

The Gorsuch Report—Week 7

Less than a week away from the confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch to be the next associate justice of the Supreme Court and the media machine is ramping up. Journalists are publishing a new round of stories on Gorsuch. Commentators, activists, and politicians are busy attacking and defending the nominee, each side hoping to score … Continue reading The Gorsuch Report—Week 7

The Gorsuch Report—Week 6

It’s week six of the Gorsuch nomination. His nomination hearings begin on March 20. The first anniversary of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia (whose seat Gorsuch, if approved, would take) has sparked a new round of comparisons between the two jurists. Judge Gorsuch, writes Richard Wolf in USA Today, “represent[s] the first generation of … Continue reading The Gorsuch Report—Week 6

The Gorsuch Report—Week 4

It’s been over three weeks since Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated to become a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice. Here’s the latest news on his confirmation process. Among the senators who will vote on his appointment, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer remains Gorsuch’s most vocal critic. The Democratic senator from New York previously took to the … Continue reading The Gorsuch Report—Week 4

The Gorsuch Report—Week 3

Here are the latest headlines for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.   The Clerks Speak Out. Judge Gorsuch’s past law clerks signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee declaring that his independence “will never waiver.” (The only former Gorsuch clerks who did not sign are two currently clerking at the Supreme Court.) … Continue reading The Gorsuch Report—Week 3