Full Court Press IV

The Supreme Court, the Media, and Public Understanding

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

LAPA’s presentation of the “The Full Court Press“ represents the fourth time that the LAPA has invited journalists and analysts who cover the Supreme Court to offer their observations of the issues facing the nation’s highest court in its role as a co-equal branch of government in the American system of checks and balances. The event, which is held close to “the first Monday in October” when the Court begins its new terms, asks the panelists to reflect on the issues raised in the past year as well as what to watch for in the current term.  This year’s panel will be presented as LAPA’s annual John Marshall Harlan ‘20 Program in Constitutional Adjudication.  The Harlan event 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 Princeton alumni to serve on the Court.)

This year's panelists are:

Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent,The Wall Street Journal

Marcia Coyle, Chief Washington Correspondent, National Law Journal

Jed Shugerman, Fordham University School of Law

Jess Bravin
Supreme Court Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

Jess Bravin formerly worked as the United Nations correspondent and editor of the WSJ/California weekly. He is the author of The Terror Courts (Yale, 2013), an award-winning account of military trials at Guantánamo Bay, and Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme (St. Martin's, 1997), 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. Bravin 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 Chief Washington Correspondent for The National Law Journal. She has covered the U.S. Supreme Court and a wide variety of national legal issues since joining the publication in 1987. Coyle also appears as a regular analyst of Supreme Court news for PBS’ The NewsHour. A lawyer as well as a journalist, she has a B.A. in English from Hood College, an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is the author of The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution (Simon and Schuster, 2013). Among other awards, she has earned the George Polk Award for Legal Reporting, the Investigative Reporters & Editors Award for outstanding investigative reporting, and the American Judicature Society's Toni House Journalism Award for a career body of work covering the courts.

Jed Shugerman
Professor, Fordham University School of Law

Jed Handelsman 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 a co-author of the historians' amicus brief in the Emoluments litigation against President Trump. He is working on a book project on the history of prosecutors.

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Leslie Gerwin
Associate Director, LAPA

Leslie Gerwin is the Associate Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University, She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.  She holds degrees in law, public health and public policy.  Her research centers on issues of government powers to respond to serious threats to public health and safety and drug regulation.  At LAPA she runs an interdisciplinary program for graduate and public policy students interested in law.  She currently  teaches an undergraduate seminar in the American Studies Program examining the American public health system.