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Moritz Faculty Members Available to Discuss U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Process
Professors Brudney, Shane, Foley and Michaels available
July 19, 2005
Several faculty members at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University are available to talk with the media about the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process.
James J. Brudney
Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law
Phone: (614) 292-0795
Professor Brudney is an expert in the areas of labor/employment law and statutory interpretation. He served as clerk to Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun during the 1980-1981 term, the final Term of an all-male Court (Justice O'Connor began her tenure the following autumn). He can discuss changes in recent decades as to the background and experience deemed suitable for Supreme Court service, the divergent philosophies of statutory interpretation among the current Justices, and recent (and possible future) trends from the Court on workplace law cases, which comprise roughly one-sixth of the Court's decisional docket.
Peter M. Shane
Joseph S. Platt/Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Professor of Law; Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies
Phone: (614) 688-3014
Professor Shane is an expert in the area of administrative law. He can discuss the history of Supreme Court appointments in general, responsibilities of the Senate, judicial records of retiring Justices, issues likely to be important on the Court's agenda that the new Justice could influence, and philosophies of constitutional interpretation and adherence to past precedents.
Edward B. (Ned) Foley
Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professor of Law
Phone: (614) 292-4288
Professor Foley served as clerk to Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun during the 1988-1989 term. He can address the respect for precedent and stare decisis, how a court adheres to a principle of law once that principle has been laid down by the court. He can discuss how the new Supreme Court will follow the law set down by the previous members or if it will deviate from current law.
Alan C. Michaels
Edwin C. Cooperman Designated Professor of Law
Phone: (614) 688-3451
Professor Michaels served as clerk to Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun during the 1987-1988 term (which was the year in which the Court went half the term with only 8 Justices, as the nominations of first Robert Bork and then Douglas Ginsburg failed). He is an expert in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. In addition to discussing the Court in relation to Criminal Law and Procedure, he can discuss the effects of new appointments on the balance of power within the court.