March 11, 2010

ACS Panel Discussion: The Filibuster and the Pace of Judicial Confirmations

Caroline Fredrickson

ACS Executive Director
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Sarah Binder

Professor, The George Washington Univ.
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Martin Paone

Exec. Vice President, Prime Policy Group
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Makan Delrahim

Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP
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Matthew Yglesias

Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund
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Q & A


What is the current status of the filibuster? Where did it come from, and what are its future prospects? What other Senate rules are responsible for slowing down the confirmation process? What are the distinctions between the use of the filibuster in the nominations context and elsewhere? A panel of experts discussed these questions and more.

This program was the second in a new ACS series, The Future of the Courts: Nominations, Confirmations, and the Pursuit of Justice. This series of programs features experts on the courts examining issues such as the importance of the courts, the status of judicial vacancies, and the confirmation process.

The panel discussion featured:

  • Moderator, Sarah Binder, Professor of Political Science at George Washington University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
  • Makan Delrahim, Shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP and former Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee under then-Chairman Orrin Hatch
  • Martin Paone, Executive Vice President of Prime Policy Group and former Democratic Secretary in the United States Senate
  • Matthew Yglesias, Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund