• How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? – Peter Paccone
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    How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? – Peter Paccone

    There’s a job out there with a great deal of power, pay, prestige, and near-perfect job security. And there’s only one way to be hired: get appointed to the US Supreme Court. If you want to become a justice on the Supreme Court, the highest federal court in the United States, three things have to happen. You have to be nominated by the president of the United States, your nomination needs to be approved by the Senate, and finally, the president must formally appoint you to the court. Because the Constitution doesn’t specify any qualifications, in other words, that there’s no age, education, profession, or even native-born citizenship requirement, a…

  • The Case for Historical Originalism – Jack Rakove
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    The Case for Historical Originalism – Jack Rakove

    – Welcome to the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. My name is Sarah Sanbar and I’m one of the Ath Fellows here. There are many scholars, lawyers, and academics who’d agree that part of the beauty of the U.S. Constitution is that it’s a living document and it can be interpreted in light of the current moral, political, and cultural climates. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, ever the dissenter, would disagree. He once remarked “the Constitution that I interpret “and apply is not living, but dead, “or as I prefer to call it, enduring. “It means today not what current society, “much less the court, thinks it ought to mean, “but…

  • The conservative movement transforming America’s courts
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    The conservative movement transforming America’s courts

    -You put the wrong justices on the Supreme Court and this country will never, ever, be the same. We have to pick one that’s gonna be there for forty years. From one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. -Leonard Leo is the executive vice president of the Federalist Society. He advises President Trump on judicial nominations. -The Federalist Society is about results. They see judges, along with the Republican Party, as pathways to power. -You don’t mess around with judges. You get them confirmed. You get them confirmed quickly. -If you’ve got a group that’s been in-sourced into…

  • Scalia: Portrait of a Man & Jurist [Excerpt]
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    Scalia: Portrait of a Man & Jurist [Excerpt]

    My hand is on a, if you get real close you can see the title, it’s The Federalist and above that is uh, uh Webster’s Second International Dictionary. I don’t like the Third. And behind that is the wedding portrait of Maureen. And down at the bottom is uh, is uh, uh a well-known, uh, portrait of Thomas More. He is one of my, one of my heroes. It’s a tradition, uh, at the Court, to have the law clerks of the justice commission a portrait which will be hung at the Court when the justice dies or retires. He was a principled man. He was a man of faith,…