The Role and Effect of the Addition of Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court
The first section of the study looks at the Court before Thomas was appointed. In order to understand his impact on other justices, it is important to look at what avenues the Court has traveled prior to his arrival. Most significant are the years since William Rehnquist became Chief Justice. Section II looks at Clarence Thomas' upbringing, schooling and other life experiences which have shaped his life and ultimately his judicial philosophy. Especially in Thomas' case, these are important in understanding many of his arguments and legal or judicial reasoning. In the third section, the study touches briefly on the nomination and subsequent Senate hearings for his confirmation. Thomas' confirmation hearings, in particular, may have a lasting effect on the Court and the nomination process, while his testimony at the hearings provide us perhaps with a foundation to his judicial philosophy. The fourth section looks at and attempts to analyze several Court decisions during Thomas' first term, including an analysis of Thomas' writings, voting patterns and key alignments. Also included in this main section is an analysis of his effect on other members of the Court and on the Court as a whole. The final section is a brief conclusion of the study that looks at some of the many unknowns and possibilities as the Court moves on.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.