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  1. Supreme Court Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!

  2. Basic Information… • 9 Justices • Nominated by President • Approved by Senate • Hold position for life or until retire

  3. Judicial Review… • Marbury v. Madison • Reviews Constitutionality of: • State and federal legislation • Actions of chief executives • Decisions of other courts

  4. Important Terms… • Writ of Certiorari – formal document from Supreme Court to lower court that calls up a case • Stare Decisis= “let the decision stand” = precedent • Remember: • Majority Opinion • Concurring Opinion • Dissenting Opinion

  5. I will take this case all the way to the Supreme Court … • “Rule of Four” • Annual docket = 8,000 cases • Fewer than 100 heard or reviewed • $300 filing fee • In forma pauperis (exempt from court costs b/c poor) outnumber 3-1 • Quorum = 6

  6. Basic Biographical Information • Review the bios of the nine Supreme Court Justices • Try and determine if the Justice is conservative or liberal

  7. Chief Justice John Roberts • Harvard Law • Law clerk for William Rehnquist • Associate Counsel to Reagan • U.S.Court of Appeals for D.C. • Nominated Chief Justice by Pres. Bush 2005 • Born 1/27/55

  8. Elena Kagan • Harvard Law • Law clerk for Thurgood Marshall • Professor of Law at U. of Chicago Law School • Nominated Associate Justice by Pres. Obama in 2009 • Born 4/28/60

  9. Sonia Sotomayor • Puerto Rican descent • Yale Law • U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit • Nominated Associate Justice by Pres. Obama in 2009. • Born 6/25/54

  10. Samuel Alito • Yale Law • U.S. Attorney New Jersey • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit • Nominated Associate Justice by Pres. Bush 2006 • Born 4/1/50

  11. Stephen Breyer • Harvard Law • Assistant Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit • Nominated Associate Justice by Pres. Clinton 1994 • Born 8/15/38

  12. Ruth Bader Ginsberg • Harvard and Cornell Law School • Professor at Rutgers, Columbia • 1971 - Launched the Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU • ACLU General Counsel and Board of Directors • Nominated Associate Justice by Pres. Clinton in 1993 • Born 3/15/33

  13. Clarence Thomas • Yale Law • Asst. Attorney General of Missouri • Asst. Sec. for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Ed. • Chairman EEO Commission • Nominated Associate Justice by Pres. Bush 1991 • Born 6/23/48

  14. Anthony Kennedy • Harvard Law • Chaired the Committee on Pacific Territories • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit • Nominated Associate Justice by Pres. Reagan 1988 • Born 7/23/36

  15. Antonin Scalia • Harvard Law • Law Professor UVA, Georgetown, Stanford • U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. • Nominated Associate Justice by Pres. Reagan in 1986 • Born 3/11/36

  16. The Supreme Court Justice Death Calculator (nice.)