On Tuesday, September 4, at 9:30 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its hearing on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. SCOTUSblog will live-blog the entire hearing. Amanda Frost has an academic highlight on recent scholarship about confirmation hearings, and Carolyn Shapiro provides historical context about past hearings.
As a resource before, during and after the hearing, below the jump is a compilation of the blog’s coverage of the nomination up to this point, including our analyses of Kavanaugh’s jurisprudence in 16 areas of law.
After Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, Edith Roberts profiled Kavanaugh as a potential nominee. Additional blog coverage in late June and early July included Amy Howe’s main report, eight tributes to Kennedy and a collection of statements from the other justices, nine analyses of Kennedy’s jurisprudential legacy, and five profiles of other potential nominees besides Kavanaugh, as well as a take on five frontrunners by blog partner Empirical SCOTUS. Blog partner First Mondays released two podcasts featuring discussion of the retirement. I looked at past summer nomination timelines.
On the night of the nomination, a team of staffers, along with the First Mondays commentators, live-blogged, Amy reported on the announcement, Mark Walsh provided a “view” from the East Room, and Jon Levitan rounded-up early coverage and commentary. That night and over the course of next two weeks, the blog also gathered and posted reactions to the nomination from interest groups and Kavanaugh’s extra-judicial writings and speeches.
Since the nomination, Amy reported on Kavanaugh’s Senate questionnaire and the Senate’s release of records of Kavanaugh’s. Jon looked at the political situation facing Democrats in the Senate, and I looked at the Republicans. First Mondays released five podcasts featuring discussion of the nomination. Empirical SCOTUS parsed data in five separate posts on Kavanaugh, his confirmation and the court.
Finally, the blog — along with various law professors and lawyers from the law firm of Goldstein & Russell, P.C. — produced 16 posts taking deep dives into aspects of Kavanaugh’s record. Amy introduced the series. The 16 posts are as follows:
Kavanaugh and campaign finance: Republican National Committee v. Federal Election Commission, by Charles Davis, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
Kavanaugh on presidential power: Law-review article on investigations of sitting presidents, by Kevin Russell, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
Judge Kavanaugh and the environment, by Michael Livermore, University of Virginia School of Law
Judge Kavanaugh on abortion: Rehnquist as “judicial hero” and the case of Jane Doe, by Amy Howe, Howe on the Court
Kavanaugh on the Affordable Care Act: Seven-Sky v. Holder, by Tejinder Singh, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
Judge Kavanaugh on the Fourth Amendment, by Orin Kerr, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Kavanaugh on net neutrality: U.S. Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission, by Eric Citron, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
Judge Kavanaugh on administrative law and separation of powers, by Christopher Walker, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Kavanaugh and the Second Amendment, by Amy Howe, Howe on the Court
Judge Kavanaugh on law and religion issues, by Frank Ravitch, Michigan State University College of Law
Judge Kavanaugh and freedom of expression, by Timothy Zick, William & Mary Law School
Kavanaugh on the executive branch: PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, by Sarah Harrington, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
Judge Kavanaugh and justiciability, by Aaron Nielson, Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School
Judge Kavanaugh on work law, by Charlotte Garden, Seattle University School of Law
Judge Kavanaugh’s record in criminal cases, by Rory Little, UC Hastings School of Law
Judge Kavanaugh’s record in national-security cases, by Jonathan Hafetz, Seton Hall Law School