The Supreme Court and the 2016 presidential elections.

How the Election Could Reshape the Supreme Court

How the Election Could Reshape the Supreme Court

Law and the Supreme Court justices who interpret it.
Feb. 6 2016 10:03 AM

Amicus: The Candidates and the Court

It’s likely that the next president will have the chance to fundamentally reshape the Supreme Court. So why is it not a major campaign issue?


Listen to Episode 36 of Slate’s Amicus:


Next year, four of the nine Supreme Court justices will be at or older than the average retirement age for justices. And yet the subject of Supreme Court nominations has so far received very little attention in either the candidate debates or the media’s larger campaign coverage. In this first installment of a two-part Amicus series on the Supreme Court and the 2016 election, Dahlia speaks with Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean and distinguished professor of law at University of California–Irvine School of Law.

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Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast Amicus.