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