The Albany Law Review hosts two annual symposia each year; the General Issue symposium and the Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke State Constitutional Commentary symposium. The General Issue symposium, which is dedicated to a specific topic of contemporary importance to the legal community, is held in the fall and features presentations by some of our nation’s leading legal scholars and policy leaders. The Lawrence H. Cooke State Constitutional Commentary symposium, named after the former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, is held in the spring and is dedicated to issues of state constitutional law.
Recent, fall 2016:
Will past U.S. Senate trends regarding Supreme Court nominees inform modern outcomes?
Speculation about the United States Supreme Court has filled the news recently, with pundits wondering whom President Trump might nominate to fill key potential vacancies during his upcoming term. Yet the newly elected President's selections will all be moot unless the United States Senate approves their appointments to the highest bench in the federal system.
Twelve times throughout this nation's history, the Senate voted to reject nominees for seats on the Supreme Court's bench. In the Albany Law Review's upcoming Symposium issue, Benjamin Pomerance examines the historical background and political machinations of these twelve rejected nominees in significant detail. The trends identified in this article could have a monumental impact on the nation's judicial future if they hold true in the present day.
Read the full article on these issues, and other articles about the future of the United States Supreme Court, in this year's Albany Law Review Vol. 80, Issue 2.