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Topics in Public Policy: SCOTUS Shake Up

When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away on February 13, 2016, the current political climate grew even more complicated. Questions, conjecture, and uncertainties are swirling, and a wide variety of stances are being taken by political leaders, legal scholars, pundits, and citizens alike. What do you make of this situation and it's potential lasting impact? There are so many factors to consider! Below, you will find a variety of internet and library resources ideal for exploring this issue in depth.

As a starting point, see how Justice Scalia's tenure began with a record of his nomination hearing before the Senate in 1986. Prefer paper? We also have a record of these hearings Uptown in our govdocs collection - call number J 85 Y 4.J 89/2:S.HRG. 99-1064.

For a look at current events, one great source is the SCOTUS Blog, which features information on how the court is handling cases in progress and memorializing Scalia. Another great source is the database LexisNexis, which turns up numerous news articles, court cases, and law review articles on Scalia.

For further background information on the Justice, we also have a number of books and ebooks available, including:

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Cathy Dwyer, Subject Librarian for Political Science, Public Administration & Policy, Law, and Government Information at (518) 442-3698 or - or, drop by during Cathy's office hours, held weekly on Mondays from 5-8pm

Blog Created By: Rebekah Jarvis-Girtler
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