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Fireside Chat with Ilya Shapiro, author of “Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court”

Date: October 15, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. EDT / 9:00 a.m. PDT
Location: Virtual

Register for this exclusive opportunity to be part of a conversation with Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute scholar and author of the new book, Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court, and Pacific Legal Foundation’s Elizabeth Slattery.

In Supreme Disorder, Shapiro chronicles the history of judicial nomination battles, from George Washington’s failed nominee, John Rutledge, to the “big four” controversies of the modern era (Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, Merrick Garland, and Brett Kavanaugh).

Today, Supreme Court nominations are “perhaps the highest-profile set-pieces in the American political system.” Why? Because “Congress and the presidency have gradually taken more power for themselves, and the Supreme Court has allowed them to get away with it, aggrandizing itself in the process.”

In his new book, Shapiro offers possible solutions for depoliticizing the judiciary and the confirmation process—but one reform must come from within and will happen only when “judges go back to judging rather than bending over backwards to ratify the constitutional abuses of the other branches.”

All attendees will be entered in a raffle to win one of several copies of Shapiro’s book. Visit the event website to register and submit questions.

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