Supreme Court Nominations:
Recent Nominees

Updated June 15, 2010.
Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg.

Information about recent Supreme Court nominees is included in this part of the guide.


Elena Kagan

Nominated on May 10, 2010.

Commentary

Guides & Materials

top


Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

Nominated on Oct. 31, 2005. President's statement & video

Biographical Information

  • Born 1950 in Trenton, NJ.
  • Princeton University, A.B., 1972; Yale Law School, J.D., 1975.
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Nominated by George H.W. Bush on February 20, 1990, to a seat vacated by John Joseph Gibbons. Confirmed by the Senate on April 27, 1990 and received commission on April 30, 1990.
  • Previous positions
    • U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, 1987-90.
    • Deputy assistant U.S. attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 1985-87.
    • Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 1981-85.
    • Assistant U.S. attorney, District of New Jersey, 1977-81.
    • Law clerk, Hon. Leonard I. Garth, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1976-77.
  • NPR, Notable Rulings from Alito
  • SCOTUSblog, Alito includes a short review of notable opinions.

Commentary

Guides & Materials

top


Harriet Miers

Nominated by President Bush on Oct. 3, 2005. President's statement
Nomination withdrawn on Oct. 27, 2005. President's statement

Biographical Information

  • Co-managing partner of Locke, Liddell & Sapp, LLP in Dallas
  • Personal lawyer to Governor Bush
  • Named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America and 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal, 1997.
  • Co-chaired the Standing Committee on Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters, Texas State Bar Association, 1997.
  • Chair of the Texas Lottery Commission, 1995- 2000.
  • First woman president of the Texas State Bar Association, 1992-93.
  • First woman president of the Dallas Bar Association (1985).
  • BS, 1967 and JD, 1970, Southern Methodist University

Guides & Materials

top


John G. Roberts

Nominated on July 19, 2005. President's statement
Confirmed as the Chief Justice on Sept. 29, 2005. President's statement

Biographical Information

  • Supreme Court of the United States, The Justices of the Supreme Court provides biographical paragraphs for each of the current Justices.
  • Washington Post, John G. Roberts Dossier includes a biography and lists of key documents and decisions.
  • Westlaw Profiler-WLD: John G. Roberts, Jr. Provides biographical information, cases, oral arguments, appellate briefs, and related material.
  • White House, Chief Justice John G. Roberts provides biographical information and links to press releases and videoclips.

Guides & Materials

The National Archives and Records Administration, Records Pertaining to John G. Roberts, Jr., includes scanned copies of selected records.

Confirmation Hearings

  • AskSam, The Hearing of John G. Roberts, links to the confirmation hearings day by day.
  • US Senate, Judiciary Committee
    • Sept. 12, 2005. Links to statements by Senators Hatch, Lugar, Leahy, Warner, Kennedy, Grassley, Biden, Kohl, Dewine, Feinstein, Feingold, Schumer, and Durbin.
    • Sept. 15, 2005. Links to witness statements.

top


Sonia Sotomayor

Nominated by President Obama, May 26, 2009. President's remarks

Biographical Information

  • Born 1954 in Bronx, NY
  • Princeton University, B.A., 1976
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1979
  • Assistant district attorney, New York County District Attorney's Office, 1979-84
  • Private practice, New York City, 1984-92
  • Judge, U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Nominated by George H.W. Bush on November 27, 1991, to a seat vacated by John M. Walker, Jr. Confirmed by the Senate on August 11, 1992 and received commission on August 12, 1992.
  • Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Nominated by William J. Clinton on June 25, 1997, to a seat vacated by J. Daniel Mahoney. Confirmed by the Senate on October 2, 1998 and received commission on October 7, 1998.

Background Information

  • White House Press Secretary, Judge Sonia Sotomayor (May 29, 2009)
  • University of Michigan Law Library, Sonia Sotomayor
  • Congressional Research Service, Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Analysis of Selected Opinions (June 19, 2009).
  • William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum, FOIA Material, Sonia Sotomayor: "contains materials relating to the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. . . . in 1997, . . . confirmed by the Senate in 1998. The records contain biographical information, court opinions as Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and letters in support of her nomination. This series also includes court records, correspondence, news clippings, articles, and emails concerning her nomination."

Guides & Materials

  • Clinton Presidential Library & Museum, FOIA 2009-1007-F Sonia Sotomayor
  • CNN, Obama's Supreme Court Nominee
    Includes video of the official announcement, background information, and related stories and video.
  • Law Library of Congress, Sonia Sotomayor
    Includes links to confirmation hearings, articles by the nominee, and links to online commentary.
  • National Law Journal, The Sotomayor Nomination
    A collection of links to news articles and commentary.
  • New York Times, Sonia Sotomayor
    Includes articles, commentary, photos, and videos
  • Sonio Sotomayor: The True American Dream. KF8745.S67 F45 2010 at Classified Stacks

top