The dramatic story of the first Senate confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court nominee #CourtingHistory

Today, the image of a President’s Supreme Court nominee sitting before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be grilled about his or her views is familiar. But for the first 127 years of the Supreme Court’s history, the Senate did not hold first public confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees. It wasn’t until President Woodrow Wilson nominated Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court in 1916–just over a hundred years ago–that the Senate would hold public hearings for the first time. Check out this #CourtingHistory thread to learn more about Brandeis and his historic confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate.

Tags: Judicial Confirmations, Judicial Philosophy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

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