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On Jan. 31, President Trump announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court. Gorsuch will fill a seat left vacant for almost one year by the Senate majority’s obstructionism. The confirmation process is almost certain to be contentious.
On Feb. 1, 2017 ACS convened prominent legal scholars to speak about Judge Gorsuch's nomination. The speakers addressed the following questions:
By releasing a list of 21 potential Supreme Court candidates during the 2016 campaign, has President Trump raised concerns about the impartiality and fairness of a nominee on his list?
What questions should Senators ask during the confirmation process?
Given Trump’s statements that his nominee will overturn Roe v. Wade, what is the role of justice?
What is at stake for the nation?
Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society for Law & Policy, Moderator
Erwin Chemerinsky, ACS Board Member, Dean and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, UC Irvine School of Law
Melissa Murray, Interim Dean and Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law, UC Berkeley Law
Christopher Kang, ACS Board Member, National Director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
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On Monday Jan. 30, Caroline Fredrickson, president, American Constitution Society; Nicholas Espiritu, staff attorney, National Immigration Law Center; and David Strauss, Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law and faculty director, Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, University of Chicago School of Law, discussed President Trump’s Executive Order barring admission into the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days, suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days, and barring any entry by Syrian refugees without time limitation. The participants addressed the following questions:
Are the orders constitutional?
On what basis did five federal judges issue stays of the orders?
What are the implications of reports that Customs and Borders Protection officers were not implementing those court orders?
What can we expect next in the litigation challenging the orders?
And what opportunities exist for lawyers to engage the crisis?