Media Advisory: WVU experts available to comment on Roberts hearings

September 12th, 2005

As the Senate Judiciary Committee conducts hearings on U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee John Roberts, should the panel look only at the candidates qualifications or delve into his previous opinions on such hot-button issues as abortion?

Should Roberts answer any questions on controversial issues that are hypothetical in nature?

And after the smoke clears, will Roberts be the new leader of the nations high court?

Several professors from West Virginia Universitys College of Law and Department of Political Science are available to answer these and other questions media may have on the matter.

WVU sources include:

  • Caprice Roberts, associate professor of law. She teaches courses on judicial power and restraint and postmodern jurisprudence and is knowledgeable about legal remedies and judicial recusal. She can be reached at or 304-293-7690.
  • Andrew Wright, adjunct professor of law and an associate with Jackson Kelly in Morgantown. He was an assistant counsel to former Vice President Al Gore and is familiar with the Washington political scene, including matters of the high court. He is available at or 304-284-4130.
  • James McLaughlin, associate dean, College of Law. His areas of expertise include constitutional law and American legal history. He can be reached at or 304-293-6822.
  • Richard Brisbin, associate professor of political science. Brisbins areas of expertise include judicial politics and public law, and he is the author ofJustice Antonin Scalia and the Conservative Revival.He can be reached at or 304-293-3811 ext. 5296.