The Seinfeld Hearings

If you suspect this week's Senate confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor will be, like "Seinfeld," a show about nothing, you are probably right. To understand why, we need to revisit an era that remade how lawyers and the public think about law, and especially the Constitution.

In the 1930s, academics developed a philosophy they called "legal realism" to undercut judicial resistance to "progressive" statutes such as laws restricting the hours a ... Full Story »

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Jul. 13, 2009

Interesting opinion about how to make Supreme Court confirmation hearings more meaningful. The author, a Georgetown Law professor, makes a reasonable argument that we might learn more about nominees by asking them what various clauses of the Constitution mean to them - rather than ask them how they might rule on specific cases.

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