February 16 Tuesday

Poynter: Joan Biskupic

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 12:00PM - 1:20PM
  • Room 129
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The Roberts Supreme Court and the Divisions that Define It

The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts is deeply polarized. This term, with disputes over abortion, affirmative action, unions and voting rights, will particularly test the dueling camps. The evolution of these divisions can be understood through the personal histories of controlling justices, most notably Roberts, but also Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and newest Justice Elena Kagan, whose background mirrors Roberts’s. My speech will explore the Roberts Court and its alliances and antagonisms.

Joan Biskupic, an editor-in-charge for Legal Affairs at Reuters News, has covered the Supreme Court for more than twenty years and is the author of several books on the judiciary. Her most recent book, Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2014. Her earlier works include American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (2009); and Sandra Day O’Connor (2005). Before joining Reuters in 2012, she was the Supreme Court reporter for The Washington Post and for USA Today. Biskupic is a regular panelist on PBS’s Washington Week with Gwen Ifill. She holds a law degree from Georgetown University. Her work was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting.

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