Ruth Marcus :: 16th Annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States

Monday, July 06, 2020
03:30pm EDT

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Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The Washington Post

Ruth Marcus, who oversees The Washington Post’s signed opinion content, is a highly acclaimed reporter who has covered every major institution in Washington, including the Supreme Court, the White House and Congress, and has written about judicial confirmation battles stretching back to Robert Bork in 1987. 

After receiving her bachelor's degree at Yale College, Marcus wrote for the National Law Journal before attending Harvard Law School; she began writing for the Post while at Harvard Law, from which she earned her J.D. in 1984, and formally joined the paper after graduation.

Marcus joined the Post’s national staff in 1986, covering campaign finance, the Justice Department, the Supreme Court and the White House. From 1999 through 2002, she served as deputy national editor, supervising reporters who covered money and politics, Congress, the Supreme Court and other national issues. She joined the editorial board in 2003 and began writing a regular column in 2006. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2007.

Marcus is the author of Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover, published in 2019 by Simon & Schuster. A deeply reported book, it is the definitive account of a pivotal moment in modern history, one that was 30 years in the making and that will shape the judicial system of America for generations to come.

Chautauqua Institution’s Robert H. Jackson Lecture is named in honor of the former Chautauquan, Jamestown lawyer, New Dealer, Solicitor General, Attorney General, Supreme Court justice, and Nuremberg chief prosecutor. Every summer the Jackson Lecture is a leading expert discussing the Supreme Court, the Justices, signal decisions, and related legal developments.

Chautauqua’s previous Jackson Lecturers have been Geoffrey Stone (2005), Linda Greenhouse (2006), Seth Waxman (2007), Jeffrey Toobin (2008), Paul Clement (2009), Jeff Shesol (2010), Dahlia Lithwick (2011), Pamela Karlan (2012), Charles Fried (2013), Akhil Amar (2014), Laurence Tribe (2015), Tracey Meares (2016), Judge Jon O. Newman (2017), Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella of Canada’s Supreme Court (2018), and Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. (2019).