Supreme Court Nominee Spotlight

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch

On January 31, 2017, the President of the United States announced his nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to take the seat left vacant by Justice Scalia. Prior to his nomination, Judge Gorsuch sat on the Tenth Circuit for over a decade. Before that, he spent time in both the private and public sectors—as an attorney at an elite law firm from 1995-2005 and then as Principal Deputy to the Associate Attorney General. The discussion surrounding Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court has largely centered on broad-based comparisons between his jurisprudence and Justice Scalia’s. While this is a useful (and in many ways, necessary) comparison, this collection of Essays seeks to provide a more thorough, legally-grounded analysis of what Judge Gorsuch would be like as Justice Gorsuch.

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Introduction

We begin with two introductory pieces: one by Mark C. Hansen, who worked with Judge Gorsuch during his time in private practice, and the other by Michael W. McConnell, who sat with Judge Gorsuch on the Tenth Circuit.

Before the Robe

A Personal Reflection on Judge Neil M. Gorsuch from a Former Colleague