The Death and Legacy of RBG and the Political Battle to Fill Her Seat

The Death and Legacy of RBG and the Political Battle to Fill Her Seat The Death and Legacy of RBG and the Political Battle to Fill Her Seat

September 22, 20202 min read

Topic: The death and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the political battle to fill her seat

Expert: Paul M. Collins, Jr., expert on the Supreme Court and the topic of judicial politics, professor of political science and director of the legal studies program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst --

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Paul M. Collins, Jr., a leading expert on judicial politics, is available to comment on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, her legacy and the looming political battle to fill her seat. Collins is the author of the books Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making (Oxford University Press, 2008), in addition to more than two dozen articles on the federal courts.

The following quotes from Collins may be used with attribution:

“The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a monumental loss for the county. A true American hero, she was a tireless advocate of equal rights, both as an attorney and a justice on the Supreme Court. It’s difficult to imagine what U.S. law would look like without her significant contributions, particularly helping to advance gender equality. She was also a role model, especially for young women, including my own daughters.”

“It appears that President Trump will make a nomination soon. If we consider the very recent precedent of Merrick Garland, who was also nominated during an election year, the Senate will not take up a Trump nomination. However, the Senate is not exactly the most principled institution during periods of unified government and Senate Majority Leader McConnell will no doubt push for a speedy confirmation. I would not be surprised if the Senate Republicans confirmed a nominee, even if the President loses the upcoming election.”

More information about Collins, including additional links to his teachings and publications, can be found at If you would like to speak with him or would like him to provide additional comment on Justice Bader Ginsburg or the looming nomination, please feel free to contact him via his ExpertFile profile page.

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  • Paul M. Collins
    Paul M. Collins Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science / Director of Legal Studies

    Paul Collins' research interests include understanding the democratic nature of the judiciary.

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