Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Ralph A. Rossum

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This thesis looks to find elements that contributed to jurisprudence of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Ginsburg, and explores the consequences of such jurisprudence. To discover such elements, this thesis first critically examines the early life, education, and careers experienced by Scalia and Ginsburg before being appointed onto the United States Supreme Court. To explore the consequences of the Justices’ adopted jurisprudence, this study will then dissect areas of the law where the Justices interpret law similarly — conducting an intensive review of the following cases: Gonzalez v. Raich, Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne, Blakely v. Washington, and Michigan v. Bryant. This thesis will lastly conduct an expansive review on the following cases to comprehend areas of the law that the Justices differ in interpretation: United States v. Virginia, and Friends of Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. This thesis finds that though the jurisprudences of both Justices differ, Scalia and Ginsburg both equally and positively contributed to American Society.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.