‘Worth Celebrating’

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s First Year on the Court


“Neil Gorsuch became the Supreme Court’s newest member a year ago this Tuesday. President Donald Trump’s pick for the high court, its 113th justice, has now heard more than 60 cases on issues including gerrymandering, fees paid to unions and the privacy of certain cellphone records.” (The Associated Press, 4/08/2018)

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “[W]e’ve confirmed top-notch legal minds to the federal bench, including a record number of circuit court judges for a President’s first year and the generational choice of Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed to the Supreme Court one year ago today.” (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 4/10/2018)

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: “[W]e got a great justice, Justice Gorsuch, into the United States Supreme Court. He is going to be outstanding, hopefully for many, many years.” (Pres. Trump, Press Conference, 10/16/2017)


‘Gorsuch’s Confirmation … A Marquee Accomplishment For President Trump’


“The U.S. Senate confirmed Neil M. Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court… Gorsuch’s confirmation is a marquee accomplishment for President Trump and his young administration…” (“Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch To Supreme Court,” Washington Post, 4/7/2017)


Justice Gorsuch Described As ‘Outstanding,’ ‘Precisely The Type Of Person President Trump Pledged He Would Nominate’

FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL ED MEESE: “April 10 is a day worth celebrating: It marks Justice Neil Gorsuch’s first anniversary on the United States Supreme Court. Gorsuch has proven himself to be precisely the type of person President Trump pledged he would nominate to the bench, someone in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia: an impartial judge who applies laws as they are written and shows an abiding respect for the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Moreover, he has been an articulate spokesman for this approach to judging, showing strength and integrity and achieving a remarkable reputation for a first-year justice.” (Ed Meese, Op-Ed, “Gorsuch's First Year: An Anniversary Worth Celebrating,” RealClearPolitics, 4/10/2018)

“Carrie Severino, of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, calls Gorsuch's first year nothing short of ‘outstanding’ and says she believes he will eventually expand Scalia's legacy. Indeed, at oral arguments, Gorsuch's questions suggest that he sees the law at times through a Scalian lens.” (“Trump's Originalist, Neil Gorsuch, Finds His Place,” CNN, 4/07/2018)

  • “‘Maybe we can just for a second, talk about the arcane matter, the Constitution,’ Gorsuch said to a lawyer … Professor Rick Hasen, of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, who has penned a new book on Scalia, says the exchange highlights Gorsuch's fidelity to originalism. ‘Like Scalia,’ Hasen said, Gorsuch believes ‘other methodologies would unconstitutionally turn judges into legislators.’” (“Trump's Originalist, Neil Gorsuch, Finds His Place,” CNN, 4/07/2018)
  • “[I]n one below-the-radar opinion issued in January, he wrote a dissent that featured sweeping language about federalism. Gorsuch admitted that the court was only interpreting a ‘small statute’ but feared that the majority opinion was ‘no small departure from our foundational principles of federalism.’ He chided the majority for wandering ‘so far from the idea of a federal government of limited and enumerated powers’ and ended the opinion with a flourish: ‘What boundaries remain then?’” (“Trump's Originalist, Neil Gorsuch, Finds His Place,” CNN, 4/07/2018)

“Frequent readers of Gorsuch’s writing as a justice say his style is designed to attract attention and reach an audience beyond law professors and experts. So far, he’s written three opinions, two separate opinions where he agreed with the majority’s result and several dissents.” (The Associated Press, 4/08/2018)



Related Issues: Judicial Nominations, Supreme Court