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9th Circuit Split?

By Brian Cardile | Jan. 20, 2017

Appellate Practice

Jan. 20, 2017

9th Circuit Split?

Professor Arthur Hellman (Univ. of Pittsburgh Law) and Benjamin Shatz (Manatt, Phelps & Phillips) assess the new administration and Republican Congress' likely impacts on the 9th Circuit, where four vacancies await Trump nominees. Professor Hellman and Mr. Shatz ponder a potential circuit schism, and just how much GOP appointees will influence a court often thought to lean left.

This week's show, issuing the morning of the inauguration of the United States' 45th president, regards how his administration, along with a Republican Congress, may be able to pull the ideological composition of the 9th Circuit, judged by most to be somewhat liberal, toward the political center.

Our guests, Professor Arthur Hellman from the University of Pittsburgh Law School, and Benjamin Shatz, from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, will debate that topic, discussing along the way ideas such as the occasional push for a split of the 9th Circuit, the types of nominees a Trump administration will put forward, and whether the circuit will come out the other end of this presidency retaining its liberal reputation.

Don't forget CLE credit is available for your tuning in; find a link to a short true/false test below. And contact if you have ideas for the show, or would like to be a guest. <!-- Weekly Appellate Report Podcast -->


Brian Cardile

Rulings Editor, Podcast Host, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reporter

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