UM to Host Panel Discussion on Supreme Court Vacancy, Nomination

March 21, 2016

MISSOULA – A panel discussion titled “Divided We Fall: What Are the Legal and Political Implications of the Supreme Court’s Current Vacancy and Nomination?” will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the University of Montana’s Law Building Room 101. Sponsored by the Montana American Constitution Society Chapter and the UM Retirees’ Association, the event is free and open to the public.

Paul Kirgis, professor and dean of the Alexander Blewett III School of Law, will deliver opening remarks and introduce the speakers.

The speakers are U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, visiting political science Assistant Professor Patrick Peel and UM law Associate Professor Anthony Johnstone. They will address the legal and political implications of the current Supreme Court vacancy and nomination.

“Supreme Court appointments are critical events in our Constitutional system, but most Americans do not have a clear understanding of the process and its history,” Kirgis said. “This discussion will help to clarify the issues surrounding the recent vacancy created by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia.”

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Contact: Kaitlyn Lamb, UM law student,