The Supreme Court Confirmation Process: Play Ball!

Even before the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation, critics condemned the process as little more than "Kabuki theater." The Sotomayor hearings did little to change that impression, renewing calls for reexamination of the process. Proposals range from abolishing the hearings altogether to trying to make the questioning more effective in revealing the nominee's views. With multiple vacancies on the horizon and the direction of the Court hanging in the balance, the importance of the confirmation process has never been greater. A panel of experts and participants in the process will explore these issues. Speakers: Nan Aron, President of the Alliance for Justice Rachel Brand, former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy and now of counsel at WilmerHale Professor Bill Yeomans, Fellow in Law & Government, American University Washington College of Law, former Chief Counsel for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Moderator: Steve Wermiel, Fellow in Law and Government and associate director of the Summer Institute on Law and Government, American University Washington College of Law