Comments: Supreme Court Qualifications

For criteria, I'd add scrupulous intellectual integrity and an understanding of the real world in which the issues at stake will play out. I adore Epstein, but I think we'd get greater utility from his talents as a thinker in the academy than on the bench. My wish list: Mike McConnell (off-the-charts smart and a remarkable man) and Janice Rogers Brown (smart, tough, and just about the only jurist whose opinions I read for pleasure).

Posted by Chan S. at November 6, 2004 08:28 PM

I like your contributions. "Real world" orientation is something, sadly, that many lawyers lack. I can see your point on Epstein (in fact, I would hate to see the impact on the academy of losing some of its best and brightest libertarian/conservative professors to judgeships). No disputes with you over McConnell and Brown. I plan to develop and expand this theme in a future posting (and I hope it gets more feedback next time around).

Thanks for commenting!

Posted by JohnL at November 9, 2004 03:58 PM

Your list is excellent, but what's the point? Confirmability and ideology are the most important factors in a judicial nomination.

Posted by austin at November 11, 2004 05:08 PM

what qualifications do i need to be high justice of the supreme court?what degrees will i need?

id be a better lawyer or judge than any of the current ones and i dont even know what to do yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lol!

Posted by jamie-lee at June 17, 2005 01:40 PM
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