Senator Durbin Discusses Supreme Court Nominee at SIU Law

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Senator Durbin Discusses Supreme Court Nominee at SIU Law

Senator Durbin Discusses Supreme Court Nominee at SIU Law

May 03, 2016


Senator Dick Durbin and Dean Cynthia Fountaine.

During a Q&A following his remarks, Durbin, a 1969 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, answered questions on topics ranging from criminal justice reform to patent law.

SIU law students and faculty took a short break from exams today to hear from someone who has, for the last two decades, been making the laws they are studying.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois, the state’s senior senator, and the convener of Illinois’ bipartisan congressional delegation. He sits on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, and Rules Committees. 

Durbin spoke about several issues, including the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. 

Durbin has served on the Senate Judiciary Committee for 18 years, during which time he has considered the nominations of four current Supreme Court justices. He is also the Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, formerly known as the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all constitutional issues.

Durbin also discussed the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act that he co-authored with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), as well as legislation he has introduced to expand access to treatment for people who are not receiving the addiction care they need. 

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