University of Kansas Law Professor Familiar With SCOTUS Pick Explains What Makes Him Special
President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat on the United States Supreme Court left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia eleven months ago. University of Kansas Law Professor Lumen R. Mulligan has argued before Gorsuch in his current capacity as a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mulligan is the Director of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy at KU. Mulligan says Gorsuch intellectually fulfills the requirements of the post.
'He’s certainly very, very smart, very well educated, a great writer,' said Mulligan. 'Those are the types of things he definitely has in common with the late Justice Scalia. I think he has a passion for the law, and a respect for the majesty of the American legal system, and someone who takes that role with great reverence and seriousness.'
Mulligan said writing legal opinions is a detail-oriented task that takes a narrow focus.
'A legal opinion is always backward-looking,' said Mulligan. 'What happened in this case in the past? It’s also very narrow. What should we do to resolve this case for these parties? Of course, legal opinions have precedential value and end up impacting how other things happen, but it’s done in a very different way.'”