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Oct. 19, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 4

Symposium to Examine Role of US Judiciary

United States Court of Appeals Justice Richard Posner, controversial Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall and former New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis will join other prominent jurists, legal scholars and journalists in Robsham Theater this Saturday, Oct. 21 for a public symposium on the United States judiciary, dubbed "the least dangerous" branch by Alexander Hamilton.

"The Least Dangerous Branch? Liberty, Justice and the United States Supreme Court," presented by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, will convene some of the nation's most prominent legal thinkers and writers for provocative conversation on timely topics such as judging the judges and the Supreme Court, jurisprudence and presidential powers.

Representing Boston College on the panel will be Asst. Prof. Mary-Rose Papandrea (Law), a researcher on civil procedure, constitutional law, defamation and privacy law, and national security and civil liberties.

Other panelists will be: former US Assistant Attorney General Jack Landman Goldsmith; Slate magazine Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick; and David Greenberg, an assistant professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University and author of Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image.

Also, Yale Law School Southmayd Professor of Law and Political Science Akhil Reed Amar, an expert in constitutional law; and Marci Hamilton, who holds the Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and specializes in church/state relations, federalism and representation.

For more information, see www.bc.edu/supremecourt/.

-Office of Public Affairs

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