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The Future of the Supreme Court
Last Featured: 2/13/2006

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With the appointments of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court is undergoing its most significant change in over a decade. Has the Supreme Court appointment process worked or should it be scrapped? Will the loss of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor affect the law on key issues like executive power, states' rights, abortion and gay rights? Tune in to this edition of Justice Talking as we look at whether a changing court will change the law and the nation.

The Future of Confirmation Hearings
Host Margot Adler moderates a debate on the Supreme Court confirmation hearing process with political scientist Michael Comiskey and law professor Michael Gerhardt.

Michael Comiskey is associate professor of political science at the Penn State Fayette Campus. Professor Comiskey's research since the early 1990s has centered on the appointment process for federal judges, primarily Supreme Court Justices. His book, Seeking Justices: The Judging of Supreme Court Nominees, was published in 2004.

Michael J. Gerhardt is the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of North Carolina Law School. He is the author of several books, including the second editions of The Federal Impeachment Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis and The Federal Appointments Process.

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The Future of the Court
Law professors Dawn Johnsen and Douglas Kmiec discuss the future of the new Roberts Court with host Margot Adler.

Dawn Johnsen is a professor of law at the Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington, where she teaches and writes about issues of constitutional law. She served in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice under President Clinton (1993-1998). From 1988-1993, she was the Legal Director of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (now NARAL Pro-Choice America).

Douglas W. Kmiec holds the endowed chair in constitutional law at Pepperdine Law School. He was previously the dean and St. Thomas More Professor of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and for nearly two decades, on the law faculty at the University of Notre Dame. He served in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice from 1985-1989.

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The Legacy of Justice O'Connor
Host Margot Adler talks with reporter and author Joan Biskupic about her new book and the legacy of the first woman on the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor.

Joan Biskupic is the author of the book, Sandra Day O'Connor. As a journalist, she has covered the Supreme Court since 1989. Prior to that, she covered government and politics for newspapers in Wisconsin and Oklahoma. Biskupic holds a law degree from Georgetown University. She is also the author of several reference books.

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