Donald Trump just announced his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.
We demand that the U.S. Senate, starting with the Judiciary Committee, fulfill its constitutional responsibility to thoroughly and closely examine this nominee, including the nominee’s past record, as well as his candid answers to revealing and insightful questions.
We must reject efforts to rush this nomination through to confirmation. And serious consideration must be given to whether the confirmation process should be suspended until the Special Counsel Investigation of the President has concluded.
As we learn more about the nominee, we will share this information on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/equaljusticesociety) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/equaljustice).
Our allies are gathering now in front of the Supreme Court to rally against the nominee. They are planning to livestream the rally and you can find out more information here.
The American Constitution Society is offering a series of webinars to help us learn what we can do next in this nomination proceess:
7/10, 10 am ET: Supreme Court Nominee: What’s Next?
7/12, 3 pm ET: The Special Counsel, Executive Power, and the Next Supreme Court Nominee
7/17, 3 pm ET: The Road from Janus to Roe: What the Supreme Court’s Disregard of Precedent Could Mean for All of Us
See more information about these webinars below.
The Supreme Court is the last line of defense for our country’s most cherished rights, and for our democracy’s very stability. The legacy of its rulings endures for generations, and its role in our government as the final arbiter of what the Constitution means must be bolstered. And while the challenge is great, and the stakes are high, the ideals of freedom and equality are too important to be ignored in a hasty or perfunctory confirmation process.
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Supreme Court Nominee: What’s Next?
TOMORROW, July 10, at 10 am ET
The President is slated to name a nominee for the Supreme Court on Monday, July 9. Just about every issue we care about is at stake – reproductive freedom, access to health care, immigration, voting rights, workers’ rights, LGBTQ rights, environmental protections – to name a few. This nomination has the potential to shift the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence for at least a generation. As the real debate begins, we must demand a transparent nominations process so that the public can fully assess the nominee and Senators can carry out their constitutional role to advise and consent. Please join us for a webinar on Tuesday, July 10 at 10 am ET to learn more. RSVP here. https://adobe.ly/2MZ0vHs
Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law; ACS Board Member
Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Director for the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, UCI Law
Ricki Seidman, Senior Principal, TSD Communications; ACS Board Member
The Special Counsel, Executive Power, and the Next Supreme Court Nominee
Thursday, July 12
As the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election continues, its critics have levied a number of constitutional claims against it that are highly disputed, increasing the likelihood that the Supreme Court will ultimately have to resolve such legal disagreements. Questions of executive power therefore must play a central role in the evaluation of the qualifications and suitability of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Join the American Constitution Society on Thursday, July 12 from 3:00-4:00pm ET for a briefing addressing the legality of the special counsel’s investigation, the constitutional scope of executive power, and how to thoroughly question the nominee’s views on these subjects. RSVP here. https://adobe.ly/2N1uWgg. This event will provide 1 hour California MCLE credit.
The Road from Janus to Roe: What the Supreme Court’s Disregard of Precedent Could Mean for All of Us
Hours before Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Janus v. AFSCME, overturning a 40-year-old precedent that had served as the bedrock of American labor law and demonstrating what Justice Kagan described in her dissent as “little regard for the usual principles of stare decisis.” What does this disregard for stare decisis mean as we evaluate President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee? Join ACS on July 17 at 3:00pm ET for a briefing that will provide an overview of the Janus decision, forecast what’s next for American workers, and place the decision in the larger context of what the decision may mean for other long-established precedents that Americans have come to rely upon, including Roe v. Wade. RSVP here. https://adobe.ly/2N1uXAQ. This event will provide 1 hour California MCLE credit.