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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 17, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 3
Supreme Court Is Focus of Constitution Day

A professor at the George Washington University Law School, Jeffrey Rosen has been called one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America.

Noted legal commentator Jeffrey Rosen to examine direction of Roberts court

By Amy Lunday

Influential legal commentator and law professor Jeffrey Rosen will examine the John Roberts' led Supreme Court at Johns Hopkins' 2007 Constitutional Forum, a discussion of important legal issues held in conjunction with the annual observance of Constitution Day.

In addition, the university will host a colloquium at which Joel Grossman, professor of political science, will be the speaker and moderator for a discussion titled "How Supreme Court Justices Are Selected — and How Should They Be?"

Rosen's talk — "Is the Roberts Court on a Collision Course With America?" — will take place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, in 110 Hodson Hall on the Homewood campus. The colloquium will be held the previous day, at 3 p.m. on Monday, in 210 Hodson Hall.

Rosen has been legal affairs editor of The New Republic since 1992. A professor at the George Washington University Law School, he specializes in constitutional law, criminal procedure, privacy issues and privacy in cyberspace. His latest book is The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America, the companion book to the PBS series on the Supreme Court.

In addition to his other books, The Most Democratic Branch, The Naked Crowd and The Unwanted Gaze, Rosen has written numerous essays and commentaries for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, National Public Radio and The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America, and The Los Angeles Times called him "the nation's most widely read and influential legal commentator."

Rosen is often sought for his expertise by shows like The PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Charlie Rose, among others. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and Yale Law School.

At the colloquium on Monday, students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited to listen and participate in the discussion about various proposals for altering the way Supreme Court justices are selected, including the imposition of term limits and qualifications for holding that office.

The 2007 Constitutional Forum is supported by the George Huntington Williams Memorial Lectureship, established to honor Williams, a pioneer in the microscopic study of rocks and minerals. He was the university's first professor of petrology and in the late 1880s founded what was then called the Department of Geology (now Earth and Planetary Sciences). In 1917, Williams' family created an endowment in his memory for lectures by distinguished public figures on topics of widespread contemporary interest. Past speakers include Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

Sponsors of the 2007 Constitutional Forum at Johns Hopkins are the Department of Political Science, the Institute for Policy Studies and the Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs.

The events will celebrate Constitution Day, officially Sept. 17, the date in 1787 when delegates convened for the final time to sign the U.S. Constitution. Additional information about Constitution Day can be found on the Web site of the National Archives,


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