Federal Courts and Nominations

Why Courts Matter: What the 2012 Election Means for 2013 and Beyond


Thursday, November 8, 2012
12:00 pm
Center for American Progress and Constitutional Accountability Center

In the face of a more ideologically-divided Supreme Court than the nation has seen in generations, and with more judicial vacancies today than in early 2009, the outcome of the 2012 election will have significant ramifications on the composition of our nation’s courts – and therefore on the lives of millions of Americans. We know from recent cases that no matter the issue – health care, immigration, voting rights, affirmative action – the courts play a significant and lasting role in American life.

Two days after Election 2012, please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion of what the election means for the future of our courts, for analysis of the politics and process surrounding judicial nominations going forward, and for a conversation about the future of the Supreme Court and the issues in the law likely to affect the American public in the years to come.

This event is co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and the Constitutional Accountability Center.

Welcoming Remarks:

  • John D. Podesta, Chair, Center for American Progress, former White House Chief of Staff


  • Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • Doug Kendall, Founder and President, Constitutional Accountability Center
  • Ian Millhiser, Senior Policy Analyst for Constitutional Policy at the Center for American Progress and Justice Editor, CAP Action’s ThinkProgress


  • Andrew Blotky, Director, Legal Progress, Center for American Progress

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