Federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch, having been nominated to the Supreme Court, will have to stand before the Senate Judiciary Committee later this year. If confirmed he will fill the seat left empty by the passing of Antonin Scalia. Like Scalia, Gorsuch is a committed textualist and originalist. They do have some key differences, in administrative law for example.
We talked to law professors in the Boston area to see what they thought about Gorsuch and his jurisprudence. We talked to Professor Daniel Urman of Northeastern University Law School, Renée Landers of Suffolk University Law School, and Ian Samuel, Harvard Law School professor and former clerk to Antonin Scalia during the October 2012 term. Samuel said the biggest question surrounding Gorsuch is whether he will support a strong, independent judiciary to restrain executive power from excess.