Lecture: The Supreme Court & Why it Matters
A presentation by Dr. Alison Gash – Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Oregon
Few could have ever imagined the Supreme Court becoming one of the most powerful policy-making institutions in the United States. Yet today, the Court has the power to sidestep public opinion, upend federal legislation, constrain state governance and even bring down the President. Professor Alison Gash will take us back to the Court’s humble beginnings, its skirmishes with legislative and executive power during the New Deal era, and its foray into areas of privacy, intimacy and expression.
Professor Gash will highlight the importance of understanding the Court not only as a legal entity but also as a check on politics. Through this lens, she will demonstrate why the Court’s makeup–its personalities and its relationships–can make or break American public policy.