Symposium on the Supreme Court and the American Public

On November 15–16, 2012, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) and the Chicago-Kent Law Review hosted a symposium on the Supreme Court and the American Public. This two-day event provided a forum for presenters to share in-depth perspectives on:

  • How the Court uses technology;
  • What the public hears when decisions are made;
  • How Supreme Court Justices communicate with the public outside of their written opinions; and
  • The role of journalists covering Court decisions.

Participants heard from some of our nation’s thought-leaders regarding the Supreme Court and its relationship to the general public. Many of the papers presented will appear in a symposium issue of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.

Thursday, November 15

"The Supreme Court and Celebrity Culture"
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium
The Honorable Richard A. Posner, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
 

Chicago-Kent's YouTube Channel features a playlist containing videos from all sessions at the Symposium on the Supreme Court and the American Public.

Friday, November 16

"The Supreme Court and Technology"  [ Video ]
9:00-10:15 a.m.
Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom

  • Keith Bybee, Director of the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media (IJPM); Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University
  • Jerry Goldman, Research Professor of Law and Director of the Oyez Project, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Tom Goldstein, Publisher and Co-Founder, SCOTUSblog; Partner, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.; Lecturer, Harvard & Stanford Law Schools
  • Nancy Marder, Director of the Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center, Co-Director of the Institute for Law and the Humanities, Professor, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Moderator: Mark D. Rosen, Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

"Ideology, Neutrality, and Self-Deception: What the Supreme Court Says and What the Public Hears"  [ Video ]
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom

  • Dan Kahan, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology, Yale Law School
  • Dan Simon, Richard L. and Maria B. Crutcher Professor of Law and Psychology, USC Gould School of Law
  • Nicholas Scurich, Assistant Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior, and Criminology, Law & Society, School of Social Ecology, UC-Irvine
  • Tom Tyler, Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology, Yale Law School
  • Carolyn Shapiro, Associate Professor of Law and Director of ISCOTUS, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Moderator: Christopher Buccafusco, Assistant Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Journalists Roundtable  [ Video ]
1:30-2:45 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom

  • Kimberly Atkins, Supreme Court Correspondent, LawyersUSA
  • Amy Howe, Editor, SCOTUSblog; Partner, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.; Lecturer, Harvard Law School
  • Tony Mauro, Supreme Court Correspondent, The National Law Journal, Law.com
  • David Savage, Supreme Court Correspondent, Los Angeles Times
  • Moderator: Linda Greenhouse, Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence, Yale Law School

"Beyond the Written Opinion: When Justices Speak to the Public"  [ Video ]
3:00-4:15 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom

  • Jason Mazzone, Professor, Lynn H. Murray Faculty Scholar in Law, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law, George Washington Law; Legal Affairs Editor, The New Republic;
  • Christopher Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law; Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Moderator: Sheldon Nahmod, Distinguished Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law