Conformation to the Supreme Court

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The appointment and conformation to the Supreme Court has become on of the most sought after and most prestigious positions in the U.S. Government. In the past two hundred years the Supreme Court has changed in many different ways and with each decision affecting the delicate balance of the U.S. legal system the appointment of justices has become a very watched over subject. In all conformation and appointment to the Supreme Court there is politics involved but with each presiding president their agenda is focused towards appointing a justice that expresses their ideas on the court. The Appointment process is delegated to the president in Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution and states, “shall nominate, and by with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges to the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law. Which means that when a justice leaves the president can appoint a replacement to the court however the Supreme Court must confirm them with a majority vote. When a justice decides to step down the current president must make a very important decision in going through the hundreds of qualified judges. Since the beginning of the Supreme Court there has been 108 members, which makes it one of the most exclusive government jobs in the world. All but four of the justices have been white male two were female and the other two were black. There is no age limit on how old a justice may be, and no requirement that a justice must be from the United States. There is one common trend that all justices have is that they have all been lawyers. However many justices never graduated or even attended law school, they gained their legal experience by others means. John Rutledge and john Blair received their legal experience at the Inns of Court in England. James F. Byrnes received his legal experience as a law clerk and passed the bar at age 24, even though he never graduated from high school.2 Since all of the justices have been lawyers most have been judges before being appointed to the Supreme Court, forty-one justices have had experience at the state level and thirty-one at the federal level. The ... ... middle of paper ... ...s at Stanford Law, first was William H. Rhenquist had been first, only to find out that being a woman could only get her a job as a law clerk.3 She was confirmed by a 99-0 vote the largest margin in history.5 In the Supreme Court the confirmation process is getting harder and harder to pass for nominees who have certain political opinions about certain topics. In 1987 Robert Bork, a member of the Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., was nominated by Reagan. Bork was not confirmed by a 58-42 vote because of his writings on constitutional topics that were not appeasing to the senate.1 The Supreme Court currently has six white males, two white females, and one African American sitting on the Court today. I believe this will change very soon because most of the justices are getting rather old, but it doesn’t mean they lack judgment. In the near future whether it will be president George W. Bush or another president the court will change and it is my opinion that we will see and hear on of the most important conformations in history.
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