PBA legal professor evaluates Gorsuch as Supreme Court nominee

February 15, 2017

Washington, D.C. - With recent developments involving U.S. President Donald Trump selecting 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch as his first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court,  Palm Beach Atlantic University politics and history professor Dr. James Todd argues students should monitor closely how the nomination hearing develops.


Over the past years, Dr. Todd has been part of several political campaigns. He advised on a state legislative race in Alabama in 2010, and as a college student he worked a summer job in the office of former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions – now the U.S. Attorney General.


“I would advise any college student who is interested in politics to intern in Washington or in a state capital. Opportunities to do so abound; and if I can do it, anyone can,” Todd said.

Todd believes Trump fulfilled his campaign promise to nominate a staunch conservative justice to replace the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.


“I definitely think Gorsuch fits the bill,” he said. “He has also made strong statements on the issue of the value of life, which most certainly means he is skeptical of Roe v. Wade.”  


“Gorsuch won’t differ much from Scalia in terms of voting, so the status quo on the Court will remain.

With strong similarities to Scalia's view of the U.S. Constitution as an originalist, Todd says Gorsuch's appointment shouldn't shift the balance of power with the high court.


“Gorsuch won’t differ much from Scalia in terms of voting, so the status quo on the Court will remain,” Todd said.


He also added that it would be interesting to see if one of the court liberal justices would depart from the court during Trump’s tenure at the White House.


"That would give Trump the opportunity to put a solid conservative majority on the court that could stay in place for decades.”



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