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Join the Conversation: Supreme Court Nominations

Tuesday, March 08 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Rines Auditorium
Audience: Adults


Join the Choose Civility Conversation on the upcoming Supreme Court justice nominations. Dmitry Bam and Dr. Robert Klotz will join us for lively lunchtime talk. Bam and Klotz will give a historical perspective on the politics of judicial nominations and how we got here and discuss the nomination procedure.

There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

The confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice is a responsibility that the President and the Senate share under the U.S. Constitution. With the recent passing of Justice Scalia there has been varying views presented by the media on how this nomination process should run. The process is not a political opportunity that reflects “left” or “right,” Democrat or Republican. It’s a serious obligation to make sure that an indisputably qualified person of integrity is nominated and confirmed to sit on the highest court in the land.

Dmitry Bam is an Associate Professor at the University of Maine Law School. He writes and teaches in the fields of constitutional law, professional responsibility, employment law, and the judiciary. He is recognized as a scholar and commentator on judicial ethics, judicial selection, and constitutional interpretation

Dr. Robert Klotz is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of History and Political Science. Professor Klotz received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently the Director of the Political Science Internship Program.  He joined the University of Southern Maine in 2001. His scholarly articles include “The Nuclear Option for Stopping Filibusters” in PS and “On the Way Out: Interregnum Presidential Activity” in Presidential Studies Quarterly.”