Nov. 1, 2005
Experts on Samuel Alito’s
Supreme Court Nomination Available at CUA
Experts at The Catholic University of America are available
to discuss the nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to
succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme
Court. CUA experts also can talk about the ongoing legal issues facing the
court that will impact the selection of a new justice. For assistance in
reaching sources, contact Katie Lee at 202-319-5600.
- JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHIES OF THE COURT — Dennis Coyle, associate
professor of politics and Gerald R. Ford Fellow in American Politics
at the American Enterprise
Institute, has published commentaries on
recent Supreme Court nominees in National Review Online and The Wall
Street Journal. His most
recent — titled “Get Wise:
Will Dems Realize Pouncing on Alito Will Only Do Them Harm?” — is available at www.nationalreview.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE — Robert
A. Destro, professor at CUA’s
Columbus School of Law, is also a civil rights expert and co-author of the
leading law school textbook on religious liberty — one of the
issues on which O'Connor held the swing vote. He was a member of the
United States Commission on Civil Rights from 1983 to 1989, and has
written and lectured extensively on the relationship of the Supreme
Court to what the late Justice Robert Jackson called the “power politics”
of judicial review — a topic that will be at the forefront prior to the
confirmation hearings for O’Connor’s successor. Destro, who also has
extensive media experience, served as a regular commentator on NPR’s “All
Things Considered” during the 2000 election litigation and has, most
recently, appeared on the Fox News Channel and CNN.
Destro can be reached at 202-905-6064 (mobile) or 202-319-5202
(office) or by e-mail: email@example.com.
- 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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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