You Can't Always Get What You Want...: Presidential Elections and Supreme Court Appointments

11 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009

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Paul Finkelman

Gratz College; Albany Law School - Government Law Center

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

In this article, Professor Finkelman discusses the process of Supreme Court appointments in light of the 2000 Presidential election. As Supreme Court appointments are for an unlimited period of years, those Presidents who have the opportunity to make judicial appointments are able to shape the bench for years after their own terms have ended. However, Professor Finkelman notes that not all appointees turn out in the way a President may have hoped. For example, President Franklin D. Roosevelt likely did not anticipate that Justice Felix Frankfurter would emerge as one of the most conservative justices of his era. With this in mind, Supreme Court appointments are an important factor in presidential elections.

Keywords: supreme court appointments, presidental elections

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, You Can't Always Get What You Want...: Presidential Elections and Supreme Court Appointments (2000). Tulsa Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 3 & 4, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1447470

Paul Finkelman (Contact Author)

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