Podcasts

  • The Special Counsel, Executive Power, and the Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh

    On July 12, the American Constitution Society held a briefing addressing the legality of the special counsel's investigation, the constitutional scope of executive power, and how to thoroughly question the Supreme Court nominee's views on these subjects. 

    As the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election continues, its critics have levied a number of constitutional claims against it that are highly disputed, increasing the likelihood that the Supreme Court will ultimately have to resolve such legal disagreements. Questions of executive power therefore must play a central role in the evaluation of the qualifications and suitability of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

    Featuring: 

    Victoria Nourse, Georgetown Law 

    Neil Kinkopf, Georgia State Law

    Debra Perlin, American Constitution Society

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  • We Have A Supreme Court Nominee: What's Next?

    On July 10, ACS hosted a discussion of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

    With this nomination, just about every issue we care about is at stake – reproductive freedom, access to health care, immigration, voting rights, workers' rights, LGBTQ rights, environmental protections – to name a few. Kavanaugh's nomination has the potential to shift the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence for at least a generation. As the real debate begins, we must demand a transparent nominations process so that the public can fully assess the nominee, and Senators can carry out their constitutional role to advise and consent.

    Featuring:

    Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
    Jill Dash, ACS Vice President of Strategic Engagement
    Caroline Fredrickson, ACS President
    Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine
    Ricki Seidman, Senior Principal at TSD Communications

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  • Hurry Up and Wait: What's Next with Redistricting?

    On June 26, 2018, ACS hosted a webinar: Hurry Up and Wait: What's Next with Redistricting?

    On June 18th, the Supreme Court released two decisions—Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone—that focused on partisan gerrymandering. A third decision on another redistricting case—Abbott v. Perez—is still pending and is expected to come down any day. Although the Court did not reach the merits in either Gill or Benisek, the justices did provide some insight as to how a claim on partisan gerrymandering could be framed in order to be successful. And although it was not the result that many had hoped for, the Court’s decisions leave an opportunity for future challenges. 

    Moderated by: Jenni Katzman, Director of Policy and Program, American Constitution Society

    Featuring:

    Michael Li, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice

    Paul Smith, Vice President, Litigation and Strategy, The Campaign Legal Center

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  • What’s Next?: A Supreme Court Vacancy?

    On May 31, 2018, ACS hosted a webinar: What’s Next?: A Supreme Court Vacancy?

    As many of us know, a Supreme Court vacancy could arise at any moment. We know from the right’s singular focus on packing the lower courts with ideological judges, many of whom are on this Administration’s Supreme Court short list, that the goal is to shift the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence for a generation, with a particular eye on overturning Roe, Obergefell, and numerous other decisions that recognize important rights that we should not take for granted.

    Moderated by: Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society

    Featuring:

    Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California, Berkeley School of Law and Member, ACS National Board of Directors

    Pamela S. Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law; Co-director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford Law School and Chair, ACS National Board of Directors

    Melissa Murray, Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, University of California, Berkeley School of Law and Member, ACS National Board of Directors

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  • Building on Brown v. Board of Education

    On the 64th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the New Jersey Coalition for Diverse and Inclusive Schools filed suit to integrate New Jersey schools and fix the state’s segregated education system, ranked the 6th most segregated in the country.

    Join the ACS to learn about the groundbreaking case and policies that drive longstanding discrimination. Speakers will discuss New Jersey’s history leading the way in civil rights, with landmark decisions that promote residential integration and ensure fair funding for poor urban schools. The webinar will address proposed remedies to integrate schools.

    For more information on the suit brought in New Jersey and efforts to desegregate schools, visit inclusiveschoolsnj.org.

     

    Speakers:

    Hon. Gary Saul Stein, former Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court

    Elise Boddie, ACS Board Member and Professor of Law, Rutgers University

    Caroline Fredrickson, ACS President (moderator)

     

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