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Panel examines high court appointments, Nov. 29

Princeton Provost Christopher Eisgruber will join scholars and legal experts in a discussion of his new book, "The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

In the book, Eisgruber examines the politics and history of the Supreme Court and offers recommendations for fixing the appointments process for judges. Eisgruber argues that the current process is long on partisan rancor and short on serious discussion, and that it should focus on investigating nominees' views on a key question about the court's role: When and why is it beneficial for judges to trump the decisions of elected officials?

Eisgruber will be joined on the panel by: Michael Dorf, a law professor at Columbia University; Jan Crawford Greenburg, an ABC News correspondent who covers law and politics; Ron Klain, who held numerous positions in the Clinton administration, including leading the team that won confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg; and David Yalof, a professor of political science at the University of Connecticut. Kim Scheppele, director of Princeton's Program in Law and Public Affairs, will moderate the discussion.

Eisgruber, who became the University's provost in 2004, is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values. He also is the former director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs, which is sponsoring the event. His other books include "Religious Freedom and the Constitution" (with Lawrence Sager) and "Constitutional Self-Government."

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