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Law and the Social Order


The recent controversy over President Nixon's appointments to the Supreme Court, and the institution of impeachment proceedings against Justice Douglas, have raised important questions concerning qualifications for, and behavior of, Supreme Court justices. In this Article, Professor Kurland discusses the important qualities that a Supreme Court justice should possess, the various competing pressures that often influence presidential selections, the Senate's proper role in the confirmation process, and, finally-with special emphasis upon the impeachment proceedings against Justice Douglas-the available means of removing incumbent justices.

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