Laurence Tribe has taught two generations of America’s most noteworthy constitutional lawyers. Some went on to become judges and justices, one to become Chief Justice, and one President of the United States. Tribe has argued dozens of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the first argument in Bush v. Gore. His knowledge of the Court and the machinations that go into its rulings is unparalleled.
From Citizens United to its momentous rulings regarding Obamacare and gay marriage, this Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has proven itself willing, even eager to affect American life. Yet the Court remains a mysterious institution, and the motivations of the nine men and women who serve for life are often obscure. In this rare live appearance, Laurence Tribe speaks, and answers your questions, about the surprising extent to which the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution.
Political gridlock, cultural change, and technological progress mean that this Court’s decisions on key topics—
- free speech,
- voting rights,
- gun rights,
- health care, and
- presidential power
—could be uniquely durable. Acutely aware of their opportunity, the justices are rewriting critical aspects of constitutional law and redrawing the ground rules of American government. Tribe digs deeply into the Court’s recent rulings, stepping beyond tired debates over judicial “activism” to draw out hidden meanings and silent battles. The undercurrents he reveals suggest a strikingly different vision for the future of our country, one that is sure to be hotly debated.
You will be in on that debate. Your professional and personal life will be directly impacted by how it is resolved. And you will be a more effective and knowledgeable participant in legal battles and political discussions by taking part in this conversation. In this illuminating talk, Tribe travels well beyond the interesting. What he has to say is vitally important.
*** This program was originally presented in October 2014. This webcast replay does not reflect any subsequent judicial developments.***