What is Happening With the Supreme Court?
Audio recording of a lecture given by tutor Martha Franks on September 16, 2022 as part of the Dean's Lecture & Concert Series. The Dean's Office has provided this description of the event: "The United States Supreme Court has recently rendered several newsworthy, controversial rulings. In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, for example, the Court overturned an earlier Supreme Court recognition of a Constitutional right to abortion. The sweeping social changes that this decision has caused come about because new members of the Court interpret the Constitution differently than earlier Courts had done. How can so tiny a group of unelected lawyers, by shifting their approach to the interpretation of the text of the Constitution, wield so much power to alter the laws by which the whole nation is governed? (We at St. John’s may be less surprised than others that differing interpretation of texts can lead to radically different opinions about their meanings.) This lecture will discuss the role of the Supreme Court in the Constitution and in American judicial history, as well as considering how the Supreme Court does its work of interpretation."
Santa Fe, NM
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