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Supreme Court

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  1. Supreme Court Some info about the Court and its Justices

  2. John Roberts – Chief Justice • Took Office: 9/29/05 • Nominated: George W. Bush • Born in: New York • School: Harvard • Religion: Roman Catholic • Born on: 1/27/55 (59)

  3. Antonin Scalia • Took Office: 9/26/86 • Nominated: Ronald Reagan • Born in: New Jersey • School: Georgetown / Harvard • Religion: Roman Catholic • Born on: 3/11/36 (78)

  4. Anthony Kennedy • Took Office: 2/18/88 • Nominated: Ronald Reagan • Born in: California • School: Stanford • Religion: Roman Catholic • Born on: 1/23/36 (78)

  5. Clarence Thomas • Took Office: 10/19/91 • Nominated: George H.W. Bush • Born in: Georgia • School: Holy Cross / Yale • Religion: Roman Catholic • Born on: 6/23/1948 (65)

  6. Ruth Bader Ginsburg • Took Office: 8/10/93 • Nominated: Bill Clinton • Born in: New York • School: Harvard / Columbia • Religion: Jewish • Born on: 3/15/33 (81)

  7. Stephen Breyer • Took Office: 8/3/94 • Nominated: Bill Clinton • Born in: California • School: Stanford / Oxford / Harvard • Religion: Jewish • Born on: 8/15/38 (75)

  8. Samuel Alito • Took Office: 1/31/06 • Nominated: George W. Bush • Born in: New Jersey • School: Princeton / Yale • Religion: Roman Catholic • Born on: 4/1/50 (64)

  9. Sonia Sotomayor • Took Office: 8/6/09 • Nominated: Barack Obama • Born in: New York • School: Princeton / Yale • Religion: Roman Catholic • Born on: 6/25/54 (59)

  10. ElanaKagan • Assumed Office: 8/7/2010 • Nominated: Barack Obama • Born in: New York • School: Princeton / Harvard • Religion: Jewish • Born on: 4/28/60 (54)

  11. Jake Giesen??? • Ummm . . . Doubtful • WHY??? • What are some common characteristics of justices? • How does one get there? • Ponder what you feel would make an ideal Supreme Court Justice • We shall discuss

  12. Ideal justice – talk to a group • Consider and be prepared to justify your choices on the following criteria: • Age? • Gender? • Ethnicity? • Legal Experience? • Life Experiences? • Other considerations?

  13. What IS the Supreme Court? • Some terminology • State v. Federal Jurisdiction • Original v. Appellate Jurisdiction • Supreme Court is highest federal court in the land • Primary concern is appellate in nature – vast majority of cases are appeals • Concerned with legal questions – facts have been decided • Big picture

  14. Your court today