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The Changing Role of the Supreme Court

Dr. Jerry Goldman, Research Professor Emeritus, Northwestern School of Law, will speak on The Changing Role of the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court is a political institution.  Its justices abjure political symbols but engage in politics by the very nature of their activities.  Changes in the way the court conducts business have altered its role.  And recent changes in the selection of its occupants will further alter the institution.  Politics is part of the Court’s’ warp and weave, but it has largely hidden this influence in order to assert non-partisan, above-the-fray decision-making.

Dr. Goldman joined the faculty of Northwestern in 1975 after completing his Ph.D. in political science at The Johns Hopkins University.  He was among the first recipients of the all-campus Charles Deering McCormick Chair of Teaching Excellence.  He is the recipient of numerous awards for innovation in the use of the information and computer technology including the EDUCOM Medal for demonstrated excellence in the application of computing technology to political science. Dr. Goldman is the co-author of a leading American government textbook, The Challenge of Democracy, now in its 14th edition. His magnum opus, The Oyez Project, is a free authoritative archive of Supreme Court audio recorded from October 1955 to the present.