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July 1, 2005 -- No. 304

Law experts are available to comment on
resignation of Supreme Court justice

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill law experts are available for comment on Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OíConnorís announcement today (July 1) that she will resign from the court.

This list will be updated periodically:

Michael Gerhardt, professor of law, recently joined the UNC faculty after teaching for almost 15 years at William & Mary Law School. He has written extensively on judicial selection, including a recent book on Supreme Court selection, titled "The Federal Appointments Process" (revised edition, 2003).

He also is the author of the first and second editions of "The Federal Impeachment Process." Gerhardt was a principal consultant to the Clinton White House on the nomination of Stephen Breyer to the Supreme Court. He was the sole witness defending the constitutionality of the filibuster before the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committees.

During President Bill Clintonís impeachment proceedings, Gerhardt testified as the only joint witness before the House Judiciary Committee, and he worked as CNN's expert on the impeachment process. At UNCís School of Law, he will coordinate a new Center on Law and Government.

Contact Gerhardt at (919) 357-4317 (cell).

Jack Boger, Wade Edwards professor of law and deputy director of UNCís Center for Civil Rights, can speak to OíConnorís decisions related to issues of race and gender, and abortion.

Boger also is chairman of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, a Washington, D.C.-based federation of civil rights, civil liberties and legal services groups that encourages national coordination of social scientific research and legal advocacy on behalf of the poor. He has taught as a lecturer or adjunct professor at Harvard, New York Law School and Florida State University. He teaches constitutional law, education law, racial discrimination and poverty law.

Contact Boger at (919) 843-9288.

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