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The Rookie Year of the Roberts Court & a Look Ahead

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The first major symposium of the fall 2006 term at Pepperdine University's School of Law was a tremendous success, as many of nation's leading constitutional scholars gathered on August 30 to put the U.S. Supreme Court's recent term under a magnifying glass.

Pepperdine School of Law faculty who participated in the symposium included Bernard James, James McGoldrick, Jr. and Robert Pushaw. All are constitutional law experts. In addition to addressing their own questions to the panelists, the faculty respondents posed questions that were raised by some of the more than 200 law school students who attended the program.

Symposium Participants

  • Akhil Reed Amar
  • Erwin Chemerinsky
  • Elizabeth Garrett
  • Douglas W. Kmiec
  • Kenneth W. Starr
  • Marcia Coyle
  • Gina Holland
  • David G. Savage

Webcasts

  • Welcome from the Dean -- Kenneth W. Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law
    Overview of the Term -- Professor Kmiec, Caruso Family Chair in Law and Professor of Constitutional Law, Pepperdine University School of Law
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Panel I -- An Assessment of the Term
  • Criminal Justice -- Professor Amar, Southmayd Professor of Law, Yale University Law School
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  • Civil Rights -- Professor Chemerinsky, Alston & Bird Professor of Law and Political Science, Duke University School of Law
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  • The Political Process -- Professor Garrett, Vice President for Academic Planning and Budget and Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, Political Science, and Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California
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  • The Separation of Powers -- Professor Kmiec, Caruso Family Chair in Law and Professor of Constitutional Law, Pepperdine University School of Law
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  • The Roberts Court Gets Down to Business -- The Business Cases -- Dean Starr, Dean and Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law
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Panel II -- Evaluating the new Justices in light of the Confirmation Ordeal -- Mr. Savage, Ms. Coyle, and Ms. Holland
  • Who are John Roberts and Samuel Alito as judicial personalities? Did the confirmation process reveal a true picture of the nominees John Roberts and Sam Alito? Did the Process Fulfill Constitutional Expectations? Did Confirmation Press Coverage Meet Public Ones? -- A Panel Colloquy Among Marcia Coyle, Washington Bureau Chief and U.S. Supreme Court Correspondent, The National Law Journal; Gina Holland, U.S. Supreme Court Correspondent, Associated Press; and David Savage, U.S. Supreme Court Correspondent, The Los Angeles Times, moderated by Professor Kmiec; Audience Questions facilitated by the Law Professors
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  • Concluding Thought -- Dean Starr, Dean and Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law
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