The 2022 term of the US Supreme Court has produced landmark decisions that continue to reverberate across the nation. An important draft opinion was leaked to the public before the court’s decision, and long-standing precedent was overturned. The future of the U.S. Supreme Court—its role in American democracy, its standing as a trusted institution, and its ability to resolve the nation’s most vexing challenges—is at stake in the eyes of many Americans.
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy will host an in-person event on Tuesday, November 29, at 11 a.m. CT in the Vanderbilt University Student Life Center Ballroom examine the potential impact of these recent Supreme Court decisions on the perceived politicization of the federal courts. Panelists with experience as White House counsel under both Republican and Democratic administrations are expected to discuss the intricacies of the federal judiciary’s nomination and confirmation process. Additionally, this panel of experts, including CBS News’ chief judicial correspondent, will highlight which decisions will make headlines next year and what impact, if any, the landmark 2022 decisions have had on the midterm elections.
This in-person event will be streamed live for those who prefer to watch virtually. Boxed lunches will be provided for attendees who register for the event. Additionally, this program is approved for Tennessee continuing legal education credit for in-person participants.
The participants of the event are:
Robert Bauer is a professor of practice and distinguished fellow at New York University School of Law and co-director of NYU Law’s Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic. Bauer served as White House counsel to President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011. In 2013, Obama appointed him as co-chairman of the President’s Commission on Election Administration. In 2021, President Joe Biden nominated Bauer to co-chair the President’s Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Jan Crawford, CBS News’ chief legal correspondent, is recognized authority in the Supreme Court whose 2007 book, Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for the Control of the United States Supreme Court (Penguin Press), won critical acclaim and became a hit New York Times best seller. He began covering the supreme court in 1994 for the Chicago Tribune and became a legal and political correspondent for all ABC News programs, a Supreme Court analyst The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS and a legal analyst for CBS News CBS Evening News and Face the Nation. Over the past 15 years, he has spoken at most of the major judicial nominations and confirmation hearings.
Alberto Gonzales served as the 80th attorney general of the United States from February 2005 to September 2007. Additionally, he served as White House counsel to President George W. Bush from January 2001 until his appointment as attorney general. Before coming to Washington, he served as a justice of the Texas Supreme Court, as the Texas Secretary of State, and as general counsel to then-Gov. George Bush. Gonzalez became dean of Belmont Law School in 2014 and holds the Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair in Law.
He will moderate the discussion Brian T. Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise at Vanderbilt Law School. Harvard Law graduate and former US Supreme Court clerk Antonin Scalia, Fitzpatrick’s research at Vanderbilt focuses on class actions, federal courts, judicial selection, and constitutional law.
Registration is required to participate in this event.