Los Angeles

How High Is The High Court?

Linda Greenhouse

Supreme Court
Moderated by Henry Weinstein, Legal and Journalism Scholar, UC Irvine School of Law
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Free parking on site in North Lot. Enter at Herscher Way.

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court seems at once more present in American life, and more remote. Some of the nine justices have taken higher public profiles, and even offer political commentary on the issues of the day. But the justices have been taking on relatively fewer cases, while selecting those cases that advance a conservative agenda, and the court’s conservative majority seeks to limit the ability of courts at all levels to influence certain areas of American life. Has the court gotten too high, and too removed from the country and its citizens? Or has the court gotten too low, with the justices showing their partisan colors? Linda Greenhouse, former Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times, now Yale Law School’s Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence, visits Zócalo to assess the current court, and discuss its future.


The Skirball Cultural Center galleries will remain open until 8 p.m. to accommodate program guests. You are invited to view the Skirball’s “Democracy Matters” exhibitions: Creating the United States, Decades of Dissent, and Free to be U.S.  

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