Consensus and Conflict: The Supreme Court of the United States

Future Forum | Nov, 16 2022 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Consensus and Conflict: The Supreme Court of the United States

With recent decisions on abortion, gun control, religious freedom and the environment, the U.S. Supreme Court once again reasserted its central role in America. 

The nine justices are unelected, serve for life, and, until 1981, were all men. But their actions have helped define the American way of life for more than two centuries.

Join us online to talk about significant recent decisions, a historical view of the court and term limits, the power of the court, and what we anticipate this term.


  • Gloria Browne-Marshall, Professor of Constitutional Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
  • Leah Litman, Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Steve Vladeck, Professor of Law, University of Texas Law School
  • Moderator: Josh GersteinSenior Legal Affairs Reporter, POLITICO

This will be a live Zoom webinar. Attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers using the Q&A function.

About the speakers

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is a Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). She teaches classes in Constitutional Law, Race and the Law, Evidence, and Gender and Justice. She is a civil rights attorney who litigated cases for Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama, Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. Professor Browne-Marshall is a legal commentator who covers the United States Supreme Court and major cases. She has given commentary on Supreme Court decisions, impeachments of Donald Trump, police-involved civilian deaths, criminal law, racial justice, and constitutional questions on media such as CNN, NPR, BBC, MSNBC, CBS, WVON as well as newspapers nationwide. Professor Browne-Marshall is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 

Professor Leah Litman teaches and writes on constitutional law, federal courts, and federal sentencing. Her research examines unidentified and implicit values that are used to structure the legal system, the federal courts, and the legal profession. Litman’s recent work has appeared or will appear in the California Law ReviewMichigan Law ReviewVirginia Law ReviewTexas Law ReviewDuke Law Journal, and Northwestern Law Review, among other journals. Her writing for popular audiences has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Slate; she also is a regular contributor to the Take Care blog. She is one of the co-hosts and creators of Strict Scrutiny, a podcast about the U.S. Supreme Court, and a co-creator, with Emily Prifogle, of Women Also Know Law, a tool to promote the work of women and non-binary academics.

Stephen I. Vladeck holds the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts at the University of Texas School of Law and is a nationally recognized expert on the federal courts, constitutional law, national security law, and military justice. Professor Vladeck has argued over a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, and various lower federal civilian and military courts; has testified before numerous congressional committees and Executive Branch agencies and commissions; has served as an expert witness both in U.S. state and federal courts and in foreign tribunals; and has received numerous awards for his influential and widely cited legal scholarship, his prolific popular writing, his teaching, and his service to the legal profession. Vladeck is the co-host of the National Security Law Podcast, CNN’s Supreme Court analyst, and a co-author of Aspen Publishers’ leading national security law and counterterrorism law casebooks. He is currently writing a book on the rise of the Supreme Court's "shadow docket," to be published in May 2023.


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