The (Not So) New Face of the OSG

Surprisingly, or perhaps not so surprisingly, the search for the new Solicitor General led to one of the individuals discussed as a likely candidate early on in the process.  In the interim, a bevy of names were floated as possibilities including attorneys Chuck Cooper, George Conway, and Miguel Estrada. But as George Conway’s name faded…

Scaling Judge Gorsuch’s Opinions: Hints of a Possible Centrist

Two words that are regularly thrown around when discussing the Supreme Court (and politics generally) are “liberal” and “conservative.”  On this note, recently a question that has gained much traction has to do with how liberal or conservative a Justice Judge Gorsuch will be if confirmed to the Court.  A large problem with these terms…

Expectations for Vote Timing on the Gorsuch Nomination

Post by Samuel Morse Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has a fairly pristine record and is himself one of the least controversial nominees to the Court in recent memory. This however will not be enough to make for a smooth confirmation.  After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to act on Merrick Garland’s nomination, there…

Judge Gorsuch by the Numbers and Decisions

Speculation is abound regarding President Trump’s pick for Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Questions range from: “Who is he?” and “How will he rule” to the more specific “Will he help overturn Roe v. Wade.” While answers to the last two questions are anyone’s guess, answers to the first may shed light on all…

Supreme Court Review of The Short-Listers’ Decisions

With one day until his inauguration, President Elect Trump has yet to nominate a candidate for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court.  While he initially released a list of twenty-one possible candidates for the vacancy, CBS’ Jan Crawford reports that the list of candidates may be furthered narrowed to five – including 11th Circuit Judge…

What The Money Says About Federal Judges on Trump’s SCOTUS List

Money talks…or so the saying goes.  This is especially true in the world of politics with multi-million dollar campaigns that could not survive without it.  Federal judges, however, are unelected and so they do not run political campaigns that leave financial trails.   Once on the bench, federal judges must preserve a sense of impartiality which…

An Alternate Take on Trump’s Potential Supreme Court Nominees

Making sense out of who Donald Trump may nominate to the Supreme Court is a very different exercise than doing the same for Hillary Clinton.  Trump, unlike Clinton, is not a career politician, and he has campaigned on a platform designating himself as an outsider looking to reform the Washington establishment.  Trump’s list of potential…