Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent at NPR, Adam Liptak, U.S. Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, and other legal experts will discuss U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinions, as well as his role as the court’s key swing vote at “The Swing Justice: Reflections on the Career of Justice Anthony Kennedy” at Georgia State University College of Law on Friday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In his 30 years on the bench, Kennedy authored some of the nation’s most important constitutional law decisions, said Eric Segall, the Kathy and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law at Georgia State Law and author of Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court IsNot a Court and Its Justices Are Not Justices and the forthcoming Originalism asFaith.
“Kennedy’s decisions on gay rights, abortion and school-led prayers at graduations alienated many on the right while his decisions on corporate speech, sovereign immunity and congressional power disturbed many on the left,” said Segall, who will moderate the symposium.
Panelists include Emily Bazelon, New York Times staff writer and co-host of Slate’s podcast “Political Gabfest,” Pamela S. Karlan, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School, Mark Tushnet, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Alexander “Sasha” Volokh, associate professor of law at Emory University School of Law and the Jonathan H. Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western University School of Law.
The lunch panel on free speech and freedom of religion will feature Liptak; Michael C. Dorf, the Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and founder and co-author of “Dorf on Law”; and Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA Law, and founder and co-author of “The Volokh Conspiracy.”