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In July 2018, Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court. While it was clear he wouldn’t be confirmed without a fight, the ferocious campaign to discredit him eclipsed even the Bork hearings. Nevertheless, the embattled nominee emerged victorious and was narrowly confirmed an Associate Justice in October.
So what can we learn from the history of our highest court and this recent episode? How will this shape the way future vacancies are filled? Is it possible to prevent a replay of the Kavanaugh debacle? Based on her insider access to more than a hundred key figures in the Kavanaugh saga, Severino will cover this and more.

A free livestream of this lecture will be available to view @ 12 noon Eastern on July 16.

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Carrie Campbell Severino, J.D.
Judicial Crisis Network

Chief Counsel and Policy Director

Carrie Campbell Severino, J.D. is the chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network. and co-author with Mollie Hemingway of the bestselling book Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Court. As an expert on the confirmation process, Mrs. Severino has been extensively quoted in the media and regularly appears on television, including MSNBC, FOX, CNN, C-SPAN and ABC’s This Week. During the Kavanaugh confirmation alone she logged 104 TV appearances, in addition to doing extensive radio and print media. 

Severino writes and speaks on a wide range of judicial issues, including the constitutional limits on government, the federal nomination process, and state judicial selection. She has testified before Congress on constitutional questions and briefed Senators on judicial nominations, and regularly files briefs in high-profile Supreme Court cases. She was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D.), Duke University (B.A., Biology), and Michigan State University (M.A., Linguistics).

A Grand Rapids native, Carrie now lives in Virginia with her husband and six children

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12:00 p.m. Lecture begins
12:30 p.m. Q&A
1:00 p.m. Lecture ends


Event livestream is free and will be available to view @ 12 noon Eastern on July 16.

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