Eyeing The Bench: A Supreme Court Panel
December 8, 2022
The past year has been monumental for the United States Supreme Court. The court has announced controversial opinions with sweeping effects across several national issues including immigration and reproductive rights. Public opinion of the court has declined; recent rulings have led to unprecedented levels of polarization and heralded the return of old critiques about the court’s non-partisan role in the American system of government.
Tthe Hauenstein Center, in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, welcomed Supreme Court journalists James Romoser (SCOTUSblog) and Adam Liptak (The New York Times) for a conversation about the impact of recent Supreme Court rulings and explore what is next for our highest court.
“Excellent topic & speakers!”
James Romoser is the editor of SCOTUSblog. He came to SCOTUSblog in June 2020 with experience as both a legal journalist and a litigator. James began his journalism career in North Carolina as a reporter for the Winston- Salem Journal, where he covered everything from tobacco farming to the state legislature. He then attended law school at Georgetown and, upon graduating, practiced First Amendment litigation for two years in Washington, D.C. He returned to journalism in 2018 as an associate editor and legal affairs reporter for Inside Health Policy. In that role, he covered high- profile litigation on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. He also co-founded Circuit Breaker, a website that provided news and information about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. James has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia, where he was managing editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator. He loves chess, poetry, the Beatles and the freedom of information.
Adam Liptak covers the United States Supreme Court for The New York Times and writes Sidebar, a column on legal developments. He first joined The Times as a copyboy in 1984, after graduation from Yale University with a degree in English. After returning to Yale for a law degree, he practiced law for 14 years before joining The New York Times's news staff in 2002. His series on ways in which the United States’ legal system differs from those of other developed nations, “American Exception,” was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting. While working as a lawyer, Mr. Liptak wrote occasional book reviews for The Times and The New York Observer and contributed to other sections of The Times. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Business Week and The American Lawyer. He has written several law review articles as well, generally on First Amendment topics. In addition, he has taught media law at the Columbia University School of Journalism, U.C.L.A. Law School and Yale Law School.