Week Five :: July 22–29

The Supreme Court: At a Tipping Point?

President Donald J. Trump is likely to nominate several justices to the Supreme Court, shaping the future of our country and, in particular, how we govern ourselves for decades to come.

  • What impact have presidential appointments to the Court had on major Court decisions?
  • What potential appointments are looming in the 45th president’s first term, and what impact can those appointments have on major cases before the Court?
  • How has the balance of power among the three branches of government changed throughout the Court’s history?


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10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures


  • Monday, July 24, 2017 | 10:45am

    Linda Greenhouse

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    Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence, Yale Law School

    Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, and the former Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, a beat she held from 1978 to 2008.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | 10:45am

    Annette Gordon-Reed

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    Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School

    Annette Gordon-Reed is Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, Professor of History in the History Department, ...

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 10:45am

    Jeffrey Rosen

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    President and CEO, National Constitution Center

    Jeffrey Rosen is the president and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan... 

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 10:45am

    Akhil Reed Amar

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    Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

    Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, July 28, 2017 | 10:45am

    Theodore B. Olson

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    Former Solicitor General of the United States

    Theodore B. Olson was Solicitor General of the United States from 2001-2004; from 1981-1984, he was Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Location: Amphitheater