Clarence Thomas: Personhood and Politics Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the life and career of Clarence Thomas.
# 151079 | 1,300 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 21, 2012 in Law (General) , Political Science (Legislative Process)

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This paper discusses the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas further highlighting the controversy surrounding his appointment and some of his judicial decisions. First, the paper presents biographical information about Thomas. Then, it examines the allegations of sexual harassment of Anita Hill. Additionally, the paper considers Thomas' career prior to his Supreme Court appointment and his conservative outlook. The paper concludes by stating that despite the controversy surrounding his confirmation, Justice Thomas has shown himself to be a man truly dedicated to his principles, and he applies them evenly in deciding cases.


Confirmation Controversy: Anita Hill, Sexual Harassment, and Credibility
Background and Experience Prior to Supreme Court Appointment
Clarence the Conservative
How Do You Get to the Supreme Court? Restraint, Restraint, Restraint
Strict Construction
Influence of Justice Thomas' Opinions

From the Paper:

"The controversy surrounding Thomas' appointment and confirmation to the United States' Supreme Court was not limited to his alleged harassment of a female co-worker. Thomas had faced a Senate hearing only a year before when accepting his first-ever judgeship, on the U.S. Court of Appeals on the District of Columbia Circuit (Overby et al 1992). Prior to this, Thomas had served for nearly a decade as the Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity, which is where the alleged harassment of Anita Hill occurred (Fraser 1992). The fact that he had only been a judge for a year certainly added to the controversy surrounding his appointment, though regardless of one's view of his politics this lack of experience has not been considered overly present in his jurisprudence (Gerber 1999)."
"Despite his recent comments that the Court is too packed with Ivy League graduate who do not represent the broad spectrum of the American people, Thomas himself is a graduate of Yale Law School, one of the top law programs (and one of the oldest Ivy League schools) in the country (Klonick 2009). His career in politics began as an Assistant Attorney General in Missouri, and this position led to his continued..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fraser, N. (1992). "Sex, lies, and the public sphere: Some reflections on the confirmation of Clarence Thomas." Critical inquiry 18(3), pp. 595-612.
  • Gerber, S. (1999). First principles: The jurisprudence of Clarence Thomas. New York: New York University Press.
  • Klonick, K. (2009). "Clarence Thomas reaches new low in self-awareness." Accessed 26 October 2009.
  • Overby, L; Henschen, B.; Walsh, M. & Strauss, J. (1992). "Courting constituents? An analysis of the Senate confirmation vote on Justice Clarence Thomas." American political science review, 86(4), pp. 997-1003.
  • Oyez. (2009). "Clarence Thomas: Opinions."

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