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Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Invisible Court

When Elena Kagan was nominated to the Supreme Court last Thursday, a nearly 3 month long confirmation process came to an end. Those of us who work in the legal field followed it with interest and oftentimes discussed the impact her nomination could have on the “Roberts court”.
Apparently we’re alone with our interest in the Supreme Court. According to a poll by the Pew Research Center 53% had no idea who the chief justice is and only 28% of the participants knew that it is John Roberts. Asked if they had information about Elena Kagan, 57% answered that they knew nothing or very little about her. Another interesting outcome was that 23% of Americans thought the Court is conservative, while another 23% believed that it is liberal.
Keeping in mind that Supreme Court Decisions shape every citizen’s life, it appears to be time for the Court to start a PR campaign.

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