What Will That Feisty SCOTUS Do Next?

Journalist Linda Greenhouse Assesses the Trajectory of the Roberts-Era Supreme Court

In three decades of covering the Supreme Court for The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse wrote about 2,700 cases. In front of a large crowd at the Skirball Cultural Center, Greenhouse—now the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Yale Law School—spoke with fellow legal journalist turned scholar Henry Weinstein, a professor of law and literary journalism at UC Irvine, about some of the court’s landmark cases throughout history and its role in American life today.

It’s been almost exactly 40 years since the Roe v. Wade decision came down; why, asked …

Supreme Partisans?

The High Court Can Seem More Partisan, But Justices Are Still Protected From Political Winds

Two generations ago, the U.S. Supreme Court was respected by an overwhelming majority of Americans—and seen as mostly separate from politics. But that perception has been changing as the press …

Clearing the Benches

Hyper Partisanship in Washington Decimates Federal Courts

“The benches are empty! The benches are empty!”

Whether you are attending a Tea Party meeting or an Occupy Wall Street protest, you are unlikely to hear that rallying cry. But …

Supreme Misunderstanding

D.C., Arizona Conservatives Don't See Politics the Same Way

The United States Supreme Court last month made headlines with a 5-4 decision to strike down a key provision of Arizona’s campaign finance law that gave additional funds to candidates …

Land of the Violent, Home of the Chaste

The Supreme Court Maintains the Puritanical Ban On Sexual Expression

Last week’s Supreme Court decision striking down California’s ban on selling violent video games to kids is no victory for free speech. In fact, the majority decision, authored by Justice …

Keeping the United States United

At Washington Conference, Studying What Divides and Unites Americans

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor opened a conference on social cohesion in the United States by offering up the method of bringing people together she used as majority …