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Experts Advisory: Supreme Court of the United States

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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ALBANY, N.Y. (February 5, 2009) -- As the Supreme Court of the United States wrestles with the sudden illness of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court and President Obama will have to consider the possibility of an appointment. The choice of a new Supreme Court Justice will be crucial for the new administration, and University at Albany experts Stephen Wasby and Udi Sommer are available to analyze the current and future state of the Supreme Court.

Professor Emeritus Stephen L. Wasby's research interests focus primarily on the federal courts and on the role of interest groups in litigation. He is currently engaged in a long-term project on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is the author of a number of books, including The Supreme Court in the Federal Judicial System and Race Relations Litigation in an Age of Complexity, as well as articles in social science journals and law reviews.

Assistant Professor Udi Sommer's broad research interests are in judicial politics, American politics and political methodology. He specializes in the analysis of political institutions. His research focuses on the analysis of judicial behavior in the U.S. and foreign courts within a Neo-institutional framework. He is currently working on a series of articles that explore the decision on certiorari on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Wasby and Sommer are available for print and broadcast interviews, guest commentary and expert analysis. For information, contact the University at Albany Office of Media Relations.

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