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Tuesday, March 31 • 11:15am - 11:30am
Shawna Marie Abbatiello: The Importance of Geographical Background of Supreme Court Appointments in the Period of 1830-1920

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This paper analyzes the complex relationship of United States Supreme Court appointments with the appointees’ geographical background. With a focus on the period of 1830-1920, this research will examine possible reasons why no justice has ever hailed from Florida in particular, and the importance of appointees’ geographical background as a whole. First, I discuss the ideological reasons that made geography so important but yet may have prevented a justice from Florida, and then I examine the practical implications of circuit riding and its relations to geographical importance. Finally, the paper looks at Nixon’s failed appointment of G. Harrold Carswell who, though technically labeled a Floridian, had equal ties to the state of Georgia.


Tuesday March 31, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am EDT
Civic Center - Meeting Room B - Ground Floor 505 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301