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Experts: Supreme Court and Politics

James BlumsteinJames Blumstein: Health care policy, health care law, health care economics

University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy, Vanderbilt Law School; director, Health Policy Center, Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies

Blumstein ranks among the nation’s most prominent and conversational scholars of health law, law and medicine, constitutional law and the Supreme Court. Blumstein is ready to talk about the Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s proposed expansion of Medicaid. He believes the expansion should be denied on constitutional grounds. He has extensive experience with national media outlets. He has extensive experience with national media outlets.

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Suzanna Sherry: Constitutional law, Supreme Court

Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law

Sherry is one of the top scholars of constitutional law and the Supreme Court. She often is asked to provide federal district and court of appeals judges with a review of recently completed Supreme Court terms. With more than 20 years of experience teaching law, she has written numerous books and dozens of articles on constitutional law and the Supreme Court. Sherry has done extensive television, radio and print interviews. She has extensive experience with national media outlets.

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Tracey George: Supreme and federal courts, behavior of federal judges

Professor of law and political science, Director, Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program
George has done extensive empirical research on the Supreme Court and the federal courts, including the behavior of federal judges and courts. George can talk about judicial selection. George and Vanderbilt Law School Dean Chris Guthrie recently published research on “Remaking the United States Supreme Court in the Courts’ of Appeals Image.” They argue that Congress should increase the number of Supreme Court justices and then allow the justices to split into smaller panels to make decisions, thus expanding the Court’s decision-making capacity. Read the abstract.
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Brian Fitzpatrick: Judicial politics, judicial selection, Senate confirmation process

Associate Professor of Law

Fitzpatrick researches judicial politics and judicial selection and is an expert on the Senate confirmation process. He can talk about the role senators play in influencing the judicial selection process even before the President nominates someone. Fitzpatrick served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia in 2001-2002 and as a Special Counsel for Supreme Court Nominations to Sen. John Cornyn in 2005-2006. Candidate Elena Kagan was one of Fitzpatrick’s law school professors. He has strong experience with national media outlets.

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