Kagan Can Be a Justice, Though Never a Judge?

May 10th, 2010

By Dan Miller President Obama has selected Elena Kagan, the solicitor general of the United States, as his nominee to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. From her official bio: Kagan came to Harvard Law School as a visiting professor in 1999 and became Professor of Law in 2001. While on the faculty, Kagan […]


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Kagan for the Supreme Court

May 10th, 2010

By Tom Carter It’s reported that the President will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, replacing the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. While Kagan, 50, has no experience as a judge, she’s a well-educated lawyer and a former law professor, law school dean, clerk to a U.S. […]


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How to Judge a Potential Justice

May 2nd, 2010

By Dan Miller Lawyers are strange critters. Frustrations have long been expressed that decisions of the Supreme Court and of lower appellate courts, written by lawyers, are so damn long and complicated that only brother members of the world’s oldest profession can understand them. Shakespeare is credited with the phrase, “Let’s kill all the lawyers,” […]


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Looming Supreme Court Battle

April 4th, 2010

By Tom Carter Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens has made it clear that he will retire either this year or next, probably sooner rather than later.  His retirement will set the stage for a new partisan battle in Washington, and analyses of whom the President may nominate to replace him are already appearing […]


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Partisan Confirmation

August 6th, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by the Senate today.  The vote was 68 to 31.  Senator Ted Kennedy was not present to vote because he suffers from brain cancer and was too ill to attend. All 31 votes against her confirmation came from Republicans.  Of 40 Republican senators, […]


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