Washington Post Supreme Court Reporter Robert Barnes leads a discussion with three law professors— Gary Lawson, Kate Shaw and Jed Shugerman—to examine the shift in the Supreme Court and its power to determine the direction of hot button issues including reproductive rights, gun laws, and immigration. The panel looks at the Court as a bellwether of this nation and examines the power of the highest court, asking if the court reflects the views of the country and where it’s headed.
Image credit: Front row, left to right: Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito. Back row: Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. Photo by Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
BIO: Jed Shugerman
Yale University, PhD in History, 2008
Dissertation: “The People’s Courts: The Rise of Judicial Elections and Judicial Power in America”
Prize: The American Society of Legal History’s 2009 Cromwell Prize for best dissertation or article in American legal history in 2008
Yale Law School, JD 2002
Yale Law Journal, Book Note-Case Note editor (2000-01); Senior Editor (2001-02)
Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, Managing Editor (1999-2000), Lead Editor (1999-2000)
Joseph Parker Prize (2000) jointly awarded for the best paper in legal history at Yale Law School
Israel Peres Prize (2001) for the best student note in the Yale Law Journal
Yale College, BA in History, May 1996
Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Distinction in History
BIO: Kate Shaw
Kate Shaw is a Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. Before joining Cardozo, Professor Shaw worked in the White House Counsel’s Office as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. She clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
BIO: Gary Lawson
Gary Lawson came to Boston University in January 2000; he was named the Philip S. Beck Professor of Law in 2012. He has authored six editions of a textbook on administrative law, co-authored two books on aspects of constitutional history, and authored or co-authored more than seventy scholarly articles. He is a founding member, and serves on the Board of Directors, of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Heritage Guide to The Constitution, a reference tool for legal scholars.