This History of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings


In the midst of the contentious confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, we explore the history of Supreme Court confirmation hearings and consider their constitutional implications. What does the Constitution say about the Senate’s duty to provide “advice and consent,” how did the Framers envision it, and how has it played out over time? We explore key moments in confirmation hearings past and illuminate turning points that changed the process in many ways.