This year or next, the U.S. Senate will hold hearings to confirm
the next nominee for the nation’s highest court. Sure to be
raised is the judicial philosophy called originalism – the
idea that the Constitution should be understood in light of the
original meaning of its authors.
Supreme Court watchers are waiting for President Obama to
nominate a successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and
wondering whether the Senate will even consider the nominee.
Against that backdrop of election-year political maneuvering, a
panel of three Law School faculty explored some names and some
possible outcomes in this squabble over a seat on the
nation’s highest court.