The Supreme Court in a Constitutional Democracy: Law and Politics in the Roberts Court

What is the relationship between law and politics in the Supreme Court? And has it changed in our current moment? Does the Roberts Court break from prior judicial understandings or popular expectations about the role of law and of politics in judicial review? Do changes in American politics over time help us to better understand the current moment? And should the relationship between law and politics in the Roberts Court affect how we think about the power of the judiciary more broadly? Join us in exploring such questions with leading voices from a range of perspectives including legal academia, political science, civil rights advocacy, and journalism.

Moderator: Daphna Renan, Peter B. Munroe and Mary J. Munroe Professor of Law


  • William Baude, Professor of Law & Faculty Director of the Constitutional Law Institute, University of Chicago Law School
  • Amanda Hollis-Brusky, Professor of Politics & Chair of the Politics Department, Pomona College
  • Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent, The New York Times
  • Leah Litman, Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Janai Nelson, President and Director-Counsel, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

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