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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Liberal Perspectives on the Kagan Supreme Court Nomination

Alliance for Justice was in Las Vegas for the fifth annual Netroots Nation conference, a gathering of progressive bloggers, activists, organizations, and leaders. Alliance for Justice sponsored the panel, Liberal Perspectives on the Kagan Supreme Court Nomination, a conversation with Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD); Keith Kamisugi, Director of Communications at the Equal Justice Society; Pam Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and founding director of the school’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic; Nan Aron, President and founder of Alliance for Justice; and Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and legal correspondent for Slate, with Joan McCarter, Senior Policy Director at Daily Kos, moderating.

The panel provided a fascinating conversation about the Kagan confirmation hearing, liberal judicial philosophy, and a progressive vision of the constitution. In addition to being an amazing panel, audience members encouraged Joan McCarter, who moderated the Ask the Leader session with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), to ask Senator Reid about the pace of judicial confirmations. The next day she did ask the question, which was received with much applause by the audience. Unfortunately it seems that time is running out before the August recess and with Republican obstruction running rampant, Reid could only promise to try his best to schedule votes for the 22 judicial nominees in addition to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan awaiting final confirmation.

You can watch the full video of the panel here:

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