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                                                                                                        Oct. 27, 2005


Experts on Miers’ Withdrawal of Supreme Court Bid Available at CUA


Experts at The Catholic University of America are available to discuss Harriet Miers’ withdrawal from her nomination to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. CUA experts also are available to talk about the political implications for President George W. Bush of Miers’ failed nomination as well as the history of troubled Supreme Court nominations. For assistance in reaching sources, contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison at 202-319-5600.


  • JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHIES OF THE COURT — Dennis Coyle, associate professor of politics and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is the author of an opinion piece about Harriet Miers’ nomination titled Dubya Closes a Door? What Harriet Miers May Mean for Constitutional Law,” which is available at National Review Online. Coyle is an expert on the judicial philosophies of Supreme Court justices, the confirmation process and on constitutional law, particularly property rights, federalism, the First Amendment and the equal protection clause. He is the author of “Property Rights and the Constitution” and, most recently, articles on land use regulations, the standards of scrutiny applied by the Supreme Court, and Justice Felix Frankfurter.


Coyle can be reached at 202-319-5813 (office) or 301-471-3344 (mobile) or by e-mail at: coyle@cua.edu.


  • SUPREME COURT SELECTION PROCESS — Phillip Henderson, associate professor of politics, is an expert on political leadership and the presidential selection process for Supreme Court nominees. Henderson can discuss some of the partisan moments in the court’s history, such as conservative opposition to Abe Fortas during Lyndon Johnson's presidency, the defeat of Clement Haynesworth and G. Harrold Carswell under President Richard Nixon and the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase for partisan reasons under President Thomas Jefferson. He is currently writing “Twelve Leaders Who Made a Difference,” a comparative study of U.S. political leaders who had a profound impact on the institutions in which they served. His teaching interests include U.S. political leadership since 1789, executive branch policymaking, the U.S. presidency and American national institutions.


Henderson can be reached at 410-992-1776 (home) or by e-mail: pghenderson@comcast.net (home).


·         SUPREME COURT PROCEEDINGS — Peter Bowman Rutledge, assistant professor at CUA’s Columbus School of Law, regularly advises parties and lawyers in matters before the Supreme Court. His teaching and research interests include criminal law, criminal procedure and international dispute resolution. Rutledge served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


Rutledge can be reached at 202-319-5140 (office) or by e-mail: rutledge@law.edu.


  • IMPACT OF MIERS’ NOMINATION ON THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION — John Kenneth White, professor of politics, is available to discuss the effect of Miers’ nomination withdrawal on the Bush Administration from a polling and public opinion standpoint. White has analyzed polling figures dating back to the Truman administration to support his thesis that the Bush Administration is in decline because the president “can’t change the topic” from negative issues such as the war in Iraq and controversy over Miers’ nomination. White’s conclusions are contained in a recent paper, “A Presidency on Life Support,” which appeared in The Polling Report (view at: http://pollingreport.com/whitejk.htm or contact the CUA Office of Public Affairs for a copy).


White can be reached by phone at 202-319-6136 or by e-mail at white@cua.edu.



To search for other CUA faculty who serve as experts for the media, visit the online Faculty Experts Guide at: http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/experts/ or contact the Office of Public Affairs for more assistance at 202-319-5600.







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