BLOGPodcast: The Empty Seat Looms Large at the Supreme Court

By Bob Trent Posted on: | January 23, 2017

We are deep into the confirmation process for President Trump’s cabinet nominees but there remains that one glaring opening not yet filled, that of the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the passing of Justice Scalia last year.

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence joins Freedom Matters to give some insight into the process and how soon we may hear about a nominee.

Even with an empty seat on the bench, the court is hearing cases. Lee v. Tam, better known as “The Slants” case was argued last week. Simon Tam and his band, The Slants, sought to register the band’s name with the U.S. Trademark Office but was denied because officials found that the name would likely be disparaging towards “persons of Asian descent.” The office cited the Disparagement Clause of the Lanham Act of 1946. Tam says he is trying to reclaim the term.

Jordan was at the arguments last week, and we discuss the potential conflict between the Lanham Act and the First Amendment and how the court’s decision could impact free speech on college campuses.

While the Supreme Court and the inauguration seem to be getting all of the attention lately, the largest annual event in the nation’s capital, the March for Life is happening this Friday. A multitude of pro-life events have sprung up around the march, making January de facto pro-life month. One of those events is a public forum presented by ADF with U.S. Representative Trent Franks (AZ) and Senator James Lankford (OK) on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  


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Bob Trent

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Prior to joining ADF as Media Relations Director, Bob was an anchor and reporter for ABC affiliate radio station KTAR in Phoenix, AZ.

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