A Mighty Pen, Part I (Discussing the Kavanaugh Nomination)

Episode 25 · August 14th, 2018 · 58 mins 28 secs

About this Episode

Judge Brett Kavanaugh currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, but he's better known now as the most recent Supreme Court nominee by President Donald Trump, nominated to replace retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. This is the first of two episodes focused on Kavanaugh's record and thinking, and the impact his addition would likely have on the Court.

I spoke with Peter Margulies and Stephen Vladeck. Margulies is Professor of Law at Roger Williams University's School of Law, where he teaches national security law, immigration law, and international law. Vladeck is the A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, where his teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, national security law, and military justice. Both have participated in cases at the appellate level (including cases that have come before Kavanaugh). It's also worth noting that Vladeck was part of a legal team that participated in the Supreme Court case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and is also CNN's Supreme Court analyst.

Peter Margulies's profile at Roger Williams University
Stephen Vladeck's profile at UT-Austin
Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
"Guantánamo bay prosecutors accuse detainee of conspiracy"
Margulies, on the al-Bahlul decision
Vladeck on al-Bahlul
Saleh, et al. v. Titan, et al.
Doe v. Exxon Mobil Corporation
Hernandez v. Mesa
"Brett Kavanaugh is the antidote to corporate America's worries about Trump" by Ronald Brownstein, in The Atlantic
Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA
Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency
United States v. Nixon
Humphrey's Executor v. United States
Stare decisis defined

Cover art credit: Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (Wikimedia Commons)