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Bar Associations Urge Action on Scalia Replacement (New York Law Journal)

New York Law Journal, March 7, 2016

Bar Associations Urge Action on Scalia Replacement

Three New York bar groups agree that the U.S. Senate’s Republican leadership should consider a nominee by Democratic President Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court this year. The New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers’ Association all indicated that they believe it is the Senate’s constitutional duty to act to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia once a nominee is put forward by Obama and not wait for a selection by the next president. “Throughout our country’s history, Supreme Court vacancies have needed to be filled in the final year of a president’s term, and the Senate has never issued a blanket refusal to consider a nominee before he or she was named by the president,” city bar President Debra Raskin said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Charles Grassley, the chairman of the chamber’s Judiciary Committee.

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