FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

APRIL 8, 2016

CONTACTS: Tim Zink, 410-962-4436/Sue Walitsky 202-224-4524

MEDIA ADVISORY

Cardin, Law Students to Discuss Importance of Fully Functioning U.S. Supreme Court

Senator to hold “Why Nine?” roundtable at University of Baltimore School of Law following his recent meeting with Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland

TODAY, Friday, April 8 at 1:00 PM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will join University of Baltimore School of Law students and leadership for a discussion on the importance of a fully functional Supreme Court and the responsibilities of the Senate and president in regards to the court’s operations.

“The consideration of Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland is not a matter for the next president and the next Congress – it is a matter for this president and this Congress,” said Senator Cardin. “There are nine months left in this year and to suggest that we don’t have the time and the president doesn’t have the authority to appoint a nominee is absolutely outrageous – it is an affront to the Constitution. The Senate should do its job, just as the President has done his.  The Supreme Court should have nine justices on the bench before it convenes its new term in October.”

“The U.S. Supreme Court is the cornerstone of our legal system and must be protected from political gamesmanship,” said Ronald Weich, University of Baltimore School of Law Dean. “I commend Senator Cardin for focusing attention on this vital issue.”

WHAT:                      Why Nine: A Discussion on the Importance of a Fully Functioning Supreme Court

WHO:                        U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

Dean Ronald Weich, University of Baltimore School of Law

University of Baltimore School of Law Students

Public Interest Law Organizations

WHEN:                      TODAY, Friday, April 8 at 1:00 PM         

WHERE:                    University of Baltimore School of Law, John and Frances Angelos Law Center, 12th Floor Reading Room

                                    1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201

HOW:                        MEDIA are encouraged to RSVP to Tim Zink tim_zink@cardin.senate.gov