Full Court Press IV: The Supreme Court, the Media, and Public Understanding

Jess Bravin, Marcia Coyle, and Jed Shugerman

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 4:30pm
Lewis Auditorium, Robertson Hall
Event Category: 
Panel Discussion

The Harlan Lecture celebrates the legacy of John Marshal Harlan, the eighth U.S. Supreme Court justice to graduate from Princeton (current Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr. '72, Sonia Sotomayor '76 and Elena Kagan '81 are the ninth, 10th, and 11th).

Past Harlan Lecturers include Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Judge Dieter Grimm, Federal Constitutional Court of Germany; Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia; Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey Stuart Rabner ’82; Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, Supreme Court of Canada; Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens [ret.]; the Honorable Andras Sajo, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights; and Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Jess Bravin
Supreme Court reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Jess Bravin covers the U.S. Supreme Court for The Wall Street Journal, after earlier postings as United Nations correspondent and editor of the WSJ/California weekly. Mr. Bravin is the author of "The Terror Courts" (Yale, 2013), an award-winning account of military trials at Guantanamo Bay, and "Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme" (St. Martin's, 1997), and a contributor to books including "Violence in America: An Encyclopedia" (Scribner, 1999), "Crimes of War 2.0" (Norton, 2007) and "A Concise Introduction to Logic," Second Edition (Wadsworth, 1984). His work has been recognized with the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, for coverage of the International Criminal Court, the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, for coverage of the legal response to 9/11, and, with a Wall Street Journal team, the National Press Foundation's Excellence in Online Journalism Award for coverage of the Supreme Court's health care case.

Prior to joining The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Bravin wrote for publications including the Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar and Spy magazine, evaluated scripts for a Hollywood talent agency and managed a campaign for local school board. While in law school, he served as a member of the University of California Board of Regents and the Berkeley, Calif., Police Review Commission. Mr. Bravin also led the effort to designate Raymond Chandler Square (Los Angeles City Historic-Cultural Monument No. 597) in Hollywood, in honor of the hard-boiled novelist.

Mr. Bravin has taught at the University of California Washington Center, was awarded the 2006 John Jacobs Fellowship by UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and Institute of Governmental Studies, and held the 2015 John Field Simms Sr. Memorial Lectureship in Law at the University of New Mexico. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall).


Marcia Coyle
Chief Washington Correspondent
The National Law Journal

Marcia Coyle is the Chief Washington Correspondent for The National Law Journal, a national weekly newspaper that covers law and litigation. Marcia, a lawyer as well as a journalist, has covered the Supreme Court for 25 years. She is also a regular contributor of Supreme Court analysis to PBS’ The NewsHour.  Before joining the NLJ, she covered state and national government and politics for a Pennsylvania Times-Mirror daily newspaper for more than a decade. Besides her work for the Law Journal, she has written about the Supreme Court and other legal issues for such publications as Vogue, Ms. magazine and the New York Times Book Review, and she is a contributing author to a book on the Supreme Court, A Year in the Life of the U.S. Supreme Court (Duke University Press).  She also is the author of The Roberts Court, published in the spring of 2013. She earned her B.A. degree from Hood College, Frederick, Md.; her M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and her J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Md. Her reporting has garnered such national journalism awards as the George Polk Award for legal reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for outstanding investigative reporting, the American Judicature Society’s Toni House Journalism Award for a career body of work involving coverage of the nation’s courts and justice system, and the Scripps-Howard Foundation Award for environmental journalism, among others.

Jed Shugerman
Professor, Fordham University School of Law

Professor Shugerman is a professor at Fordham University School of Law. Professor Shugerman wrote The People's Courts: Pursuing Judicial Independence in America (Harvard U. Press, 2012) on the history of judicial elections from the 18th century through the 21st century, and won the Cromwell Prize from the American Society of Legal History. Chief Justice John Roberts, in his opinion for the Court in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar (2014) on judicial speech codes, relied on The People's Courts to rebut the historical claims in Justice Scalia's dissent. Shugerman has published in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and peer-reviewed historical journals. He teaches torts, administrative law, constitutional law, and legal history. He is working on the power of state attorneys general over corporate misconduct (and emoluments), and he is working on a book project on the history of prosecutors.

Gerwin photo
Leslie E. Gerwin
Associate Director, Program in Law and Public Affairs