When President Bush appointed John G. Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 2005, a new era commenced for the Court. Subsequently, two conservative and two liberal justices joined the court, leaving the Court in an unpredictable balance on many issues. Under Chief Justice Roberts, the Court has issued a number of landmark decisions in the areas of healthcare, affirmative action, gay rights, campaign financing, gun control, abortion restrictions, and voter rights. This class will examine the Roberts Court from an ideological, legal, and political perspective, and will highlight the shifting coalitions on a changing court.
GROUP LEADER: Jack Ross holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University. He has taught a number of courses on legal topics in the WISE program.
BOOK (required): Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution, Laurence Tribe (Henry Hold 2014) ISBN: 978-0-8050-9509-6 (available in paperback)
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609