In 1916, Justice Louis Brandeis waited a record 125 days after President Wilson nominated him to the Supreme Court before the Senate confirmed him.  Merrick Garland will break that record on July 20th.

Louis Brandeis’ record for longest delay between nomination and confirmation to fall

June 14, 2016 - No comments

It has been four months since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and the Supreme Court still has only eight sitting justices. On March 16, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill Justice Scalia’s seat. In the three months since, Senate Republicans, who comprise control the Judiciary Committee, have refused to hold a […]

Judge Gonzalo Curiel was accused by Donald Trump of being biased against him because of the judge's heritage in an ongoing Trump University legal case.

Judicial recusal 101 and Presidential politics 2016

June 12, 2016 - Add Comment

Judicial disqualification, or recusal, occurs when a judge abstains from participating in a legal [...]

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments United States v. Texas.  April 18, 2016.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

What is legal “standing”?

April 19, 2016 - 1 Comment

In order to bring a suit to court, a person, or plaintiff, must demonstrate that they have been [...]

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79.

Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79

February 14, 2016 - 1 Comment

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest serving member of the current Supreme Court, died [...]

Ted Cruz (left) and Donald Trump (right) may be asked  tonight to give their opinions on the meaning of natural-born citizenship.

What is a “natural-born citizen”?

January 14, 2016 - 1 Comment

Donald Trump is at it again.  Trump led a birther movement for people who were skeptical of [...]

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