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June 09, 2004

Contact: Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 471-7330

Professor Roy Mersky Releases New Book on U.S. Supreme Court

The First 108 Justices Book by Mersky and William Bader provides a wealth of statistics about the Justices

AUSTIN, Texas — Professor Roy M. Mersky, the Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law and Director of Research at the Law School, and co-author William Bader have released The First 108 Justices (Hein, 2004), a book that provides a wealth of data about the justices who have served on the U.S. Supreme Court since its inception, histories of those who were nominated but did not serve, information on rejected nominations and those who were denied confirmation, and also, in a controversial chapter, attempts to rate the work of the justices, seeking to their contributions into an historical perspective.

According to Judge Richard S. Arnold of the U.S.Court of Appeals (8th Cir.), "This book is both edifying and instructive. But it's more than that: it's fun. No student of American government should be without it." Arnold, in a preface highlights a number of the books strengths and states that the data on rejected judges is particularly interesting. "Before 1894, the Senate had refused to confirm more than one-fourth of all Supreme Court nominees. We may be returning to the level of conflict characterized by this earlier period."

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to whom the volume is co-dedicated (along with Judge Arnold), called it a "valuable work." According to Frank J. William, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Rhode Island, "This is an outstanding work of reference that I will keep by my desk in chambers whenever there is a question about the Supreme Court of the United States. Bill Bader and Roy Mersky ought to be commended for their work in compiling this essential resource."

The book is currently available from William S. Hein & Co. Address: 1285 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14209-1987. Phone: 1-716-882-2600 (ISBN 0-8377-3431-2)

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About Professor Roy Mersky: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/rmersky/