Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Free Talk Examines Controversial Supreme Court Nominations
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Wednesday, October 7, 2020



Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination may be highly contentious, coming as it is within a couple weeks of a presidential election.

But it is not the first controversial Supreme Court nomination.

Constitutional scholar David Adler will present a free talk focusing on “Controversial Supreme Court” nominations at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, on Facebook Live.

Adler, whose non-partisan scholarly writings have been quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court, will explore the constitutional process for filling a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme court with a focus on several of the most controversial Supreme Court nominations in American history. Among them, the contentious hearings featuring Louis Brandeis and Robert Bork.

“The Barrett nomination promises to rank high on the lists because of its timing in an election year, searing memories of the Merrick Garland nomination in 2016, its impact on the balance of the Court, the politics of the Senate and the critical issues before the High Tribunal,” said Adler. “When all is said and done, the Barrett nomination will be worthy of a movie.”

Adler, a former professor of Political Science and director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at Idaho State University, has written several books including “The War Power in an Age of Terrorism”

His writings have been quoted by lower federal courts, the White House Counsel, the Legal Adviser to the State Department, the U.S. Attorney General, by both Republican and Democrat Congressmen and legal scholars, historian s and political scientists.

He is the founder of the Alturas Institute, which will hold a virtual edition of its Conversations with Exceptional Woman from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.

The lineup will include Pulitzer Prize winning author Diane McWhorter, whose books include “Civil Rights and Racism in America: The Learning Curve;” Axios reporter Amy Harder, who will discuss “Climate Change and American Politics” and CIA Counterterrorism analyst Gina Bennett, who will discuss “Election Security in November 2020.”

Those who can use Facebook can access the event at https://www.facebook.com/alturasinstitute. The talk will be archived on the institute’s Facebook page and its YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyj_8lsyzXwlSJVKy5sAXXg


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