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  • emDumbing Down the Courtsem
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    Dumbing Down the Courts

    John Lott talked about his book, Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench, in which he argues that partisan politicians do not like to nominate smart…

  • Senator Sessions on the Federal Judiciary
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    Senator Sessions on the Federal Judiciary

    Senator Jeff Sessions, ranking Judiciary Committee member, delivered opening remarks at the Federalist Society 2009 National Lawyers Convention. He talked about criteria for judicial…

  • Judicial Tenure and the Supreme Court
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    Judicial Tenure and the Supreme Court

    Panelists spoke about the concept of life tenure for justices of the Supreme Court of the United States instead of a fixed term of years or a mandatory retirement age. No other western…

  • Federalist Society Anniversary Dinner
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    Federalist Society Anniversary Dinner

    President Bush made spoke to the Federalist Society about judicial philosophy, the Senate confirmation process, and qualities he looks for in making judicial nominations.

  • Supreme Court Confirmation Process
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    Supreme Court Confirmation Process

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter spoke about the nomination and confirmation process for judicial nominees in the Senate. He talked about recent nominations, recent Supreme…

  • Congressional Evaluation of Judicial Nominees
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    Congressional Evaluation of Judicial Nominees

    Legal experts talked about the professional evaluation of judicial nominees made by various organizations for members of Congress. Among the topics they addressed were the criteria by which…

  • Republican Politics
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    Republican Politics

    The Federalist Society national convention opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer by Father Hathaway. Former Rep. McIntosh introduced Mr. Rove, who delivered the keynote address.…

  • Senate Judicial Confirmation Process
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    Senate Judicial Confirmation Process

    Former federal judge Charles Pickering, Sr. spoke to the Mississippi chapter of the Federalist Society about the judicial confirmation process. Judge Pickering served on the federal district…

  • Judicial Nomination Process
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    Judicial Nomination Process

    Secretary Abraham spoke about his relationship with Senator Frist and the role of the Senate in shaping the federal judiciary. Senator Frist spoke about Republican efforts to promote tort reform as…

  • Federalist Society Meeting Opening
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    Federalist Society Meeting Opening

    Solicitor General Olson opened the 2003 Lawyers' Convention and talked about the principles of the Federalist Society, the 2003-2004 U.S. Supreme Court term, and judicial nominations in the…

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    Judicial Confirmations Process: Miguel Estrada

    The panelists talked about the federal judicial nomination confirmation process, focusing on the nomination of Miguel Estrada to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of…

  • Reflections on the Legal Culture
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    Reflections on the Legal Culture

    Justice Thomas spoke to a conference of attorneys about his career, saying he was celebrating ten years as a federal judge. He also talked about the separation of the branches of government…

  • Judicial Nomination Process
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    Judicial Nomination Process

    Senator Hatch, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke about the judicial nomination and confirmation process. He stressed that he would not allow President Clinton to appoint…

  • Who Does the Government Lawyer Represent
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    Who Does the Government Lawyer Represent?

    The role of government lawyers was discussed by a panel that included former White House counsels. They talked about what their jobs entailed and the issue of executive privilege. Following…