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The Least Dangerous Branch?
The Least Dangerous Branch? - Liberty, Justice, and the U.S. Supreme Court

TO REGISTER BY PHONE or for more information call 617–552–4820.

Please note seating is limited. Early registration is therefore encouraged. Parking is available in the Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue Garages.

THIS YEAR’S SYMPOSIUM will examine the United States Judiciary—dubbed, by Alexander Hamilton (in The Federalist, No. 78), “the least dangerous” branch—through the panel discussions below.



SESSION 1—12:45–2:00 p.m.
Judging the Judges: What Makes a Justice a Good Justice?
David Greenberg, Professor of History and Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University; author of Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image
Renée M. Landers, Associate Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School; former president of the Boston Bar Association; co-author of Domestic Electronic Surveillance and the Constitution.
Judge Richard Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Moderator: Jeffrey Rosen, Legal Affairs Editor, The New Republic; Law Professor, The George Washington University

SESSION 2—2:15–3:30 p.m.
Deciding Justice: What Makes a Decision a Good Decision?
Akhil Reed Amar, Southmayd Professor, Yale Law School; author of America’s Constitution: A Biography
Marci Hamilton, Verkuil Chair, Cardozo School of Law; author God vs. The Gavel
Mary-Rose Papandrea, Assistant Professor, Boston College Law School
Moderator: Lincoln Caplan, Visiting Fellow, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University; Former Editor and President of Legal Affairs

SESSION 3—3:45–5:00 p.m.
The Supreme Court, Jurisprudence, and Presidential Powers
Jack Landman Goldsmith, former Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel; Shattuck Professor, Harvard Law School
Anthony Lewis, former New York Times columnist; author of Gideon’s Trumpet and Make No Law
Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor, Slate magazine, “Supreme Court Dispatches” columnist
Moderator: Randall Kennedy, Kline Professor, Harvard Law School


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