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Nine of President-elect Donald Trump’s 21 potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees will find themselves in a sea of enthusiastic faces this weekend during the Federalist Society’s annual national convention in Washington.
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The eight judges, among others, are scheduled to moderate panel discussions, most devoted to exploring the legacy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito Jr. will headline the convention.
Many of the judges on Trump’s two lists came from the efforts of the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based conservative think tank.
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen is first up Thursday for a panel about Scalia’s writing style and its effect on American jurisprudence.
The remaining eight judges have these moderating duties:
Judge William Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit will moderate a panel called “Justice Scalia on Federalism and Separation of Powers.”
Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras will oversee a discussion about Scalia and criminal law.
Judge Raymond Kethledge of the Sixth Circuit will pick up a discussion about the Second Amendment and enforcement of the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in D.C. v. Heller. Trump said at the third and final presidential debate that he wanted Supreme Court picks to be “pro-life, they will have a conservative bent, they will be protecting the Second Amendment.”
Judge Diane Sykes of the Seventh Circuit will be on panel titled “Transforming Statutory Interpretation.”
Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid is set to lead a discussion about Scalia’s property rights jurisprudence.
Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit is set to moderate a panel exploring the so-called “gig economy.”
Judge Steven Colloton of the Eighth Circuit will moderate a panel that looks at the use of judicial processes for political purposes.
Numerous lawyers from Big Law are set to participate in various panels at the Federalist Society convention. Speakers are set to include Paul Clement of Kirkland & Ellis; Noel Francisco of Jones Day; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Eugene Scalia and Helgi Walker; and Kannon Shanmugam of Williams & Connolly.
The full convention agenda is here.
Update: Judge Thomas Hardiman, who was also named on a Trump Supreme Court list, was added to this post.