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Bell Ringer: The History of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

The History of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

The Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro talked about the history of U.S. Supreme Court nominations and the confirmation hearing that accompany them. He discussed the evolution of the hearings and how televised hearing have changed the process.

Description

The Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro talked about the history of U.S. Supreme Court nominations and the confirmation hearing that accompany them. He discussed the evolution of the hearings and how televised hearing have changed the process.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Which Supreme Court nominee had the first public confirmation hearing? Why was his nomination controversial?
  • What was significant about Felix Frankfurter’s confirmation hearing?
  • How do nominees prepare for televised confirmation hearings?
  • How do Senators from both parties use these confirmation hearings for their own political purposes?
  • Why does Mr. Shapiro argue that televised confirmation hearings harm the confirmation process?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Byron White
    • Closed Hearing
    • Confirmation Hearing
    • Contentious
    • Felix Frankfurter
    • Louis Brandeis
    • Progressive
    • Public Hearing
    • Sandra Day O’connor
    • Supreme Court

    Topics

    Judicial BranchLegislative BranchU.S. History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity