October 28, 2020

12:30 pm - 1:30 am, Mountain Time

Threats to American Democracy


Join the ACS University of Arizona Law , Arizona State, NYU, University at Buffalo SUNY, and William & Mary Student Chapters, and the ACS Arizona Lawyer Chapter for a discussion on current threats to American democracy. This event will focus on the risks posed by a range of socio-political developments, the role of the United States Supreme Court in these developments, and how to better protect democracy from these perils. 

Joining us for this discussion are Professor Michael Klarman of Harvard Law School, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Supreme Court Reporter, Linda Greenhouse, UCLA Law Professor, David Marcus (moderator), with welcome remarks by ACS President, Russ Feingold.


Russ Feingold, ACS President

Linda Greenhouse, Senior Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School 

Michael Klarman, Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Moderated by

David Marcus, Professor of Law, UCLA

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Speaker Bios:

Russ Feingold

Russ Feingold is the President of the American Constitution Society. He served as a United States Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011 and a Wisconsin State Senator from 1983 to 1993. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the United States Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During his 18 years in the United States Senate, Russ was ranked 6th in the Senate for bipartisan voting. He is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and cosponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold Act), the only major piece of campaign finance reform legislation passed into law in decades. In addition to his congressional and diplomatic career, Russ has taught extensively at various American law schools including Stanford Law School (where he is currently teaching), Yale Law School, Marquette University Law School, and Harvard Law Schools and is the of While America Sleeps: A Wake-Up Call for the Post-9/11 Era. Russ holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, all degrees awarded with honors.

Linda Greenhouse

Linda Greenhouse is Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School. She covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and writes a biweekly op-ed column on law as a contributing columnist. Ms. Greenhouse received several major journalism awards during her 40-year career at the Times, including the Pulitzer Prize (1998) and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University's Kennedy School (2004). She is the author of Becoming Justice Blackmun (2005); Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel (2010); The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (2012); The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right (with Michael J. Graetz) (2016); and Just a Journalist: Reflections on the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between (2017).  

Michael J. Klarman

Professor Michael J. Klarman is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980, his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1983, and his D. Phil. in legal history from the University of Oxford (1988), where he was a Marshall Scholar. He is the author of From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality (2004); Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement (2007);Unfinished Business: Racial Equality in American History (2007); and From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage (2012).  

David Marcus

David Marcus is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. Marcus received his B.A. from Harvard University and studied at the University of Cambridge before earning his J.D. from Yale Law School. Marcus's publications have appeared and are forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, the Texas Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, among others.