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Supreme Court Nominations Research Guide

This guide explains the nomination process and suggests resources for further research into the nominations of more recently confirmed Supreme Court Justices.

Nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to Replace Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

On July 9, 2018,  President Trump nominated Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Brett M. Kavanaugh to fill the seat previously held by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Supreme Court Nomination

  • Senate Judiciary Commitee: List of documents submitted with committee questionnaire and letters sent and received in connection with the nomination.
  • C-SPAN video of confirmation hearings.

Biographies of Brett Michael Kavanaugh

Nomination to be U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for District of Columbia Circuit

Opinions from Judge Brett Kavanaugh

To search for opinions by Judge Kavanaugh with Lexis Advance, the following advanced search fields for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit cases are available: Opinion By, Concurrence By and Dissent By. The following advanced search fields are available with Westlaw: Written By, Concurring and Dissenting.

Full-text District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals opinions by Judge Kavanaugh are available on the court's website. Search by case name and year.

Notable decisions by Judge Kavanaugh as compiled by The National Law Journal (July 9, 2018).

Notable decisions by Judge Kavanaugh as compiled by Law360 (July 9, 2018).

Notable decisions by Judge Kavanaugh as compiled by Wall Street Journal (July 9, 2018)

Notable decisions by Judge Kavanaugh as compiled by The Washington Post (July 10, 2018).

Publications by Judge Kavanaugh

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Selected Briefs of Brett Kavanaugh

U.S. Supreme Court

  • Good News Club v. Milford Cent. Sch.:
  • Gonzalez v. Reno:
    • Petition for Writ of Certiorari, Gonzalez v. Reno, 530 U.S. 1270 (2000) (No. 99-2079), 2000 WL 34014582.
  • Santa Fe Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Doe:
  • Geier v. Am. Honda Motor Co.:
    • Brief of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc., as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondents, Geier v. Am. Honda Motor Co., 529 U.S. 861 (2000) (No. 98-1811), 1999 WL 1049898.
  • Rice v. Cayetano:
    • Brief of Amicus Curiae Center for Equal Opportunity, New York Civil Rights Coalition, Carl Cohen, and Abigail Thernstrom in Support of Petitioner, Rice v. Cayetano, 528 U.S. 495 (2000) (No. 98-818), 1999 WL 345639, 1999 U.S. S. Ct. Briefs LEXIS 662.
  • United States v. Clinton:
    • Reply Brief, United States v. Clinton, 524 U.S. 912 (1998) (No. 97-1924), 1998 WL 34112660.
  • Swindler & Berlin v. United States:
    • Brief for the United States, Swindler & Berlin v. United States, 524 U.S. 399 (1998) (No. 97-1192), 1998 WL 271193.
  • Lewis v. Brunswick Corp.:

Circuit Courts of Appeal

  • Mediaone Grp., Inc. v. County of Henrico, Va.:
    • Reply Brief of the Intervenors-Defendants, Mediaone Grp., Inc. v. County of Henrico, Va., 257 F.3d 356 (4th Cir. 2001) (Nos. 00-1680, 00-1709, 00-1719), 2000 WL 34001566.
  • Mediaone Grp., Inc. v. County of Henrico, Va.:
    • Brief of the Intervenors-Defendants, Mediaone Grp., Inc. v. County of Henrico, Va., 257 F.3d 356 (4th Cir. 2001) (Nos. 00-1680, 00-1709, 00-1719), 2000 WL 33992267.
  • Mercury Commc’ns Ltd. v. Commc’ns Telesystems Int’l:
    • Reply Brief of Appellant, Mercury Commc’ns Ltd. v. Commc’ns Telesystems Int’l, 202 F.3d 277 (9th Cir. 1999) (No. 99-56358), 1999 WL 33622099.
  • Mercury Commc’ns Ltd. v. Commc’ns Telesystems Int’l:
    • Opening Brief of Appellant, Mercury Commc’ns Ltd. v. Commc’ns Telesystems Int’l, 202 F.3d 277 (9th Cir. 1999) (No. 99-56358), 1999 WL 33622100.
  • GTE S. Inc. v. Morrison:
    • Reply Brief for Appellant GTE South Incorporated, GTE S. Inc. v. Morrison, 199 F.3d 733 (4th Cir. 1999) (No. 98-1887), 1999 WL 33613571.
  • GTE S. Inc. v. Morrison:
    • Brief for Appellant GTE South Incorporated, GTE S. Inc. v. Morrison, 199 F.3d 733 (4th Cir. 1999) (No. 98-1887), 1999 WL 33615188.
  • In re Sealed Case:
    • Brief of Appellee United States, In re Sealed Case, 148 F.3d 1100 (D.C. Cir. 1998) (Nos. 98-3060, 98-3062, 98-3072), 1998 WL 35240369.
  • Meineke Disc. Muffler Shops, Inc. v. Broussard:
    • Reply and Answering Brief of Appellants/Cross-Appellees, Meineke Disc. Muffler Shops, Inc. v. Broussard, 155 F.3d 331 (4th Cir. 1998) (Nos. 97-1808, 97-1847), 1998 WL 34089739.

District Courts

  • Mediaone Grp., Inc. v. County of Henrico, Va.:
    • Answer, Mediaone Grp., Inc. v. County of Henrico, Va., 97 F. Supp. 2d 712 (E.D. Va. 2000) (Nos. 3: 00-CV-33), 2000 WL 35605570.
  • GTE Internetworking Inc. v. Telecomms. Inc.:
    • Complaint, GTE Internetworking Inc. v. Telecomms. Inc., No. 2:99-CV-01737, 1999 WL 33756899 (W.D. Pa. Oct. 25, 1999).

Selected Oral Arguments by Brett Kavanaugh

  • Swindler & Berlin v. United States:
    • Oral Argument Transcript, Swindler & Berlin v. United States, 524 U.S. 399 (1998) (No. 97-1192), 1998 U.S. Trans. LEXIS 48.

Records of Work Within the Office of Independent Counsel and the White House Counsel's Office

National Archives, Records of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr, Brett Kavanaugh Attorney Work Files

Judge Kavanaugh’s attorney work files from his tenure with the Office of Independent Counsel (OIC) serving as an Associate Independent Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr from September 6, 1994 until November 20, 1997 and again from April 27, 1998 until December 1, 1998.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Records on Brett M. Kavanaugh

Records related to Brett M. Kavanaugh's service in the White House Counsel’s Office and the White House Office of the Staff Secretary under the Administration of President George W. Bush.

Speeches and Remarks by Judge Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh Project - UVa Law