Now that we have a nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, the process of evaluation and confirmation hearings begins. You can find background about the process, confirmation surveys, and hearings documents on the web sites of two key players: the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which holds hearings, and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which peer-evaluates the professional qualifications of Supreme Court and other nominees for the federal bench, issuing "ratings letters" for each nominee. As the process continues this summer, you'll want to have these sites bookmarked for quick access to the relevant documents as they are posted. You'll also be able to compare them with statements, surveys, and hearings for judges now serving on the Court.
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