When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away on February 13, 2016, the Court and the American legal community lost one of their strongest, most influential, and most controversial voices, and conservatism lost one of its leading minds. During his last year in office, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the open seat on the Supreme Court. Due to refusal of the U.S. Senate to act upon the nomination, Scalia's seat remained open at the time of President Donald Trump's inauguration. On January 31, 2017, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
This guide has been created to assist the researcher interested in the life and work of Justice Scalia, the process and history of nominating a Supreme Court justice, and the Supreme Court itself. This guide includes selected books, journals, databases, and other resources relevant to these topics. The guide is organized into the following pages: