Interviewed by the Washington Post about the pre-hearing work done by potential Supreme Court nominees—work that is undoubtedly underway, since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Court on June 27—University of Baltimore School of Law Dean Ronald Weich recalled his own efforts serving as counsel for Senate Democrats in the mid 2000s, then later as a Department of Justice lawyer in more recent years.
Dean Weich says that advisers to Supreme Court nominees follow what they call the “80-20 rule,” which means that nominees are wise to let Senators do 80 percent of the talking during a hearing. He also noted that these teams typically treat the hearing process in a way that is remarkably similar to a high-profile court appearance: preparation is key.
“They’ve watched the prior hearings like Major League Baseball hitters watching tapes of the pitcher they’ll face the next day,” Weich said.
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