The Roberts Court
This Colloquy will focus on the role of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as a moderating influence in the present equally divided conservative/liberal Supreme Court. Topics will be 1) the long period of liberal dominance and its enhancement of individual and civil rights has been followed by the impressive and successful conservative reaction as reflected academically, politically and in think tanks and activist organizations. 2) The governmental issues at stake: voter suppression, voting rights, gerrymandering and generally the Court’s role in protecting and preserving democracy and democratic institutions. 3) The likely impact of the Court on personal and individual rights and liberties: abortion rights, gun rights and control, discrimination and affirmative action, religious rights and expression. And 4) the effect of a conservative/reactionary Court and court system in the event of a possible progressive victory and attempts to enhance social and political rights by federal or state action. Reading will be from The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts by Joan Biskupic and supplemented by articles in the colloquy’s readings pages.
David Snow, a retired lawyer and judge, has more recently indulged his interest in constitutional law and political philosophy by teaching several courses at the University of Maine and facilitating several colloquies.
Reading will be from The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts by Joan Biskupic and supplemented by articles in the colloquy’s readings pages.
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