The legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is indeed being erased in some ways. Following Justice Kennedy’s retirement from the bench in June 2018, President Donald Trump appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh to replace him. Since then, Kavanaugh has played a crucial role in reshaping the law on issues such as abortion, gun control, and voting rights. Other conservative justices on the court also appointed by Trump have likewise moved the court to the right and away from Justice Kennedy’s moderate and jurisprudentially flexible legacy.
In addition, some of Justice Kennedy’s former clerks have joined the ranks of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal network that promotes and shapes the Trump administration’s judicial nominees. These former clerks are now playing a key role in transforming the court and possibly erasing their former boss’s judicial legacy.