Paul M. Collins, Jr. is a leading expert on judicial politics and the law. His research and commentary have appeared in a host of popular media outlets, including CNN, the New York Times, National Law Journal, National Public Radio, San Francisco Chronicle, Time, USA Today, Voice of America, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He has also authored articles in the New York Daily News, SCOTUSblog, Slate, The Conversation, and the Washington Post. Collins is available to comment on a variety of topics, including the following:

  • Supreme Court decisions and decision making
  • The Supreme Court nomination and confirmation process
  • Gender and racial bias in the American legal system
  • Presidential interactions with the courts
  • Amicus curiae briefs
  • Interest group litigation
  • Civil rights and liberties
  • Lower federal and state court decisions

The best way to reach him is via email at

Below, you can find links to some of Collins’ media appearances:

Print Media

Authored Contributions

The Conversation: Trump’s Latest Personal Attacks on Judges Could Further Weaken People’s Declining Trust in American Rule of Law

Washington Post: Why Have so Many Americans Come to Mistrust the Supreme Court?

The Conversation: After Roe’s Overturning, Americans are Demanding Supreme Court Term Limits

Washington Post: Justice Breyer Announced he will Retire. Here’s what Happens Next

The Conversation: The Moderate, Pragmatic legacy of Stephen Breyer

The Conversation: Stephen Breyer is Set to Retire – Should his Replacement on the Supreme Court have a Term Limit?

The Conversation: Should the Supreme Court have Term Limits?

The Conversation: How Conservative Groups will Advance their Agendas before a Supreme Court with Amy Coney Barrett

New York Daily News: Amy Coney Barrett was Next-level Evasive

Washington Post: Senators Treat Female Supreme Court Nominees Differently. Here’s the Evidence

Washington Post: Trump Attacked the Supreme Court Again. Here are 4 Things to Know

The Conversation: Interruptions at Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings Have Been Rising Since the 1980s

Washington Post: The ‘Ginsburg Rule’ is Not an Excuse to Avoid Answering the Senate’s Questions

Washington Post: Why Not Limit Neil Gorsuch — and All Supreme Court Justices — to 18-year Terms?

Slate: Gorsuch is Allowed to Answer Questions. He Should Start

SCOTUSBlog: The Evolution of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Slate: The Top Five Supreme Court Nomination Myths

The Conversation: What Two Legal Scholars Learned from Studying 70 Years of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Selected Interviews and Appearances

New York Times: Confirmation Hearings, Once Focused on Law, Are Now Mired in Politics

The New Yorker: Is Ginni Thomas a Threat to the Supreme Court?

New York Times: 18 Hours of Questions, Few Answers: What We Learned About Amy Coney Barrett

New York Times: Brett Kavanaugh’s Expert Evasions, Learned From Past Masters

Time: Democrats Held Kavanaugh’s Feet to the Fire. It Probably Won’t Matter

New York TimesHow Will We Know What a Supreme Court Nominee Really Thinks?

USA Today: Bork Fight Still Haunts Supreme Court Confirmation Process

New York Times: Study Finds Questioning of Nominees to Be Useful

ABA Journal: It was another big term for amicus curiae briefs at the high court


The Public Morality with Byron Williams: Supreme Court Term Limits

The Lisa Dent Show (WGN): Will SCOTUS reject President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan?

The Public Morality with Byron Williams: The Future of the Supreme Court

Northeast Public Radio (WAMC): What to expect during Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination hearing

Radio-Times (WHYY): What Have we learned about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan?


WGBY: Connecting Point

CNN: Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin

Voice of America: Lengthy Legal Battle Looms Over Obama Immigration Order

McCuistion Program: Guns and the Second Amendment