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Garrison Nelson, Professor, Department of Political Science.
“The Court Transformed: How It Happened; Why It Matters”
The U.S. Supreme Court has undergone a major transformation
over the course of its 224-year history. Between 1789 and 1962,
47 percent of appointees to the Court had held major political
posts in their pre-Court careers. Over the past fifty years,
presidents have predominantly filled Court vacancies with federal
judges having clearly confirmed conservative track records. This
has altered the national perception of the court and led to its
diminished public reputation.
A recording of the lecture will be made available at the online
media blog and
eventually at the College of Arts and Sciences website.
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