Dr. Lori J. Owens, assistant professor of political science
at Jacksonville State University, has published a book, Original
Intent and the Struggle for the Supreme Court: The Politics
of Judicial Appointments, which was released recently by
The Edwin Mellen Press.
Her study examines the judicial philosophy of original intent
and how the 1987 Robert
Bork hearings impacted the judicial nomination and confirmation
process. This research profiles the scholarly literature on
the emergence of the original intent debate, the exchange of
words between Edwin Meese and William Brennan, the confirmation
process prior to 1987, the Bork hearings, how the Bork hearings
impacted post-Bork nominations and confirmations, Bill Clinton's
nominees to the federal judiciary, and the current status of
Interviews with participants on both sides of this debate are
included in this study.
Dr. Owens said, "It is common for court observers to assert
that the 1987 Robert Bork confirmation hearings altered the
nomination and confirmation process, but this book explains
how the process actually changed. Moreover, it offers 'real-world'
insight into the timely topic of judicial appointments by including
interviews from scores of individuals who directly impact this
debate. The book, while scholarly, is also geared toward citizens
who are genuinely interested in the process of federal judicial
Dr. Owens earned a Doctorate in Political Science and an outside
minor in U.S. Constitutional History from The University of
Alabama in 2001, where she also earned
her Masters Degree in Political Science. She has an undergraduate
degree in Political Science from Jacksonville State University.
Dr. Owens serves on the Faculty Senate and the Political Relations
Committee at Jacksonville State University. She also serves
on the Alabama Women's Commission and is an Academic Associate
for The Atlantic Council.
Dr. Owens is the advisor for pre-law students and the Pre-Law
Society, the Political Science Model Arab League Team, and the
College Republicans. Dr. Owens also supervises all undergraduate
internships. Dr. Owens was hired as an assistant professor at
Jacksonville State University in 2001.
Dr. Owens teaches Introduction to American Government, Introduction
to State and Local Government, Introduction to the Law, Introduction
to Comparative and International Politics, Governments of Latin
America, Governments of Africa and the Middle East, American
Diplomacy to 1900, Twentieth Century American Foreign Policy,
Southern Politics, and The Judicial Process.