On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he will retire in July after serving on the court for more than 30 years. President Donald Trump has already had his first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, confirmed to the court last year, and said the search to find Kennedy’s successor will begin immediately.
What does Kennedy’s retirement mean for the future of the court? What was his legacy? And is political conflict inevitable in the nomination process?
For answers to these questions, we turned to Supreme Court experts Dan Urman and Michael Meltsner. Urman holds joint appointments in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the School of Law, and Meltsner is the George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law.