RECENT AND FUTURE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS
Jonathan Entin, J.D. - Case Western Reserve University Professor of Law and Political Science
Kenneth F. Ledford, Ph.D., J.D. - Case Western Reserve University Associate Professor of History and Law
Friday August 29, 2008
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Case Western Reserve University
Welcome to Fall 2008, and I hope you will be glad to hear about the 20th year of the Friday Public Affairs Lunch discussions. This year we will again meet in Room 9 of Crawford Hall, part of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Thank you very much to the Inamori Center’s outgoing Director, Dr. Greg Eastwood, and incoming director, Professor Shannon French, for continuing that arrangement.
We will also continue coffee and cookies. If you would like to donate to help support that service, please contact or send a donation to Joe White. His address is Mather House 111, Case Western Reserve University, 11201 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7109. Checks can be made out to the university, with a memo line and/or accompanying note as to purpose. Please also let Joe know about your feelings about the mix of beverages or cookie priorities. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each discussion will begin at 12:30 p.m., and we do have to wait for the previous class to clear. We will begin the academic year on August 29, as is traditional, by looking at the upcoming term of the Supreme Court. Jonathan Entin, Professor of Law and Political Science, will be joined by Ken Ledford, Associate Professor of History and Law, in a look at how the Court as refashioned by President George W. Bush has performed during its past two terms, and what that may mean in the future.
That’s a lot to think about, but I’m sure people will have plenty of questions and opinions. Many thanks to all who have supported the Friday Lunch over the years, and I hope this will be a good one. The provisional schedule for the rest of the semester follows.
About Our Guests
Jonathan Entin has taught Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Courts, Public Policy, and Social Change, and a Supreme Court Seminar. Before joining the faculty in 1984, he clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (when she was on the U.S. court of Appeals) and practiced in Washington with Steptoe & Johnson. The recipient of several teaching awards and a former co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education, he is at work on a book about equal protection. Among his recent publications are "An Ohio Dilemma: Race, Equal Protection, and the Unfulfilled Promise of a State Bill of Rights," Cleveland State Law Review (2004), and "Judicial Selection and Political Culture," Capital University Law Review (2002).
Kenneth F. Ledford is a a social historian of modern Germany, from 1789 to the present. His research interests focus primarily upon processes of class formation, particularly the emergence and decline of the profound influence of the educated, liberal middle-class of education, the Bildungsbürgertum. The salient ideology of this social group was classical liberalism, whose vocabulary both shaped and was shaped by the primary social institution of the Bürgertum, law and the legal order. Thus, he has written about German lawyers in private practice, and his present work is on a book about the Prussian judiciary between 1848 and 1918. Ken Ledford enjoys interdisciplinary intellectual work by belonging to the faculties of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the School of Law, and by participating in both the International Studies and German Studies programs within the College.
Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:
September 5: Current Prospects for Nuclear Power with Phil Taylor, Professor of Physics and Michael Dragowsky, Research Associate Professor of Physics.
September 12: Heroes and Politicians with Tim Wutrich, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, and Joe White.
September 19: Evolution and Politics with Robert J. Richards, Morris Fishbein Professor of Science and Medicine and Professor of History, Philosophy and Psychology, the University of Chicago.
September 26: Ethical Responses to Terrorism with Shannon French Ph.D., Director, Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence.
October 3: Health Policy in the 2008 Election with Joe White, Professor of Political Science.
October 10: Presidential Ecotheologies with Tim Beal, Professor of Religion.
October 17: Biological Bases of Moral (or Immoral) Behavior, with Gary Marchant, Lincoln Professor of Ethics in Law and Emerging Technology, Arizona State University.
October 24: Seniors in the 2008 Election with Robert H. Binstock, Professor of Aging, Health and Society.
October 31: Halloween Special: Election Preview with Karen Beckwith, Professor of Political Science; Justin Buchler, Assistant Professor of Political Science; and Andrew Lucker, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science.
November 7: Responding to the Foreclosure Crisis with Jim Rokakis, Cuyahoga County Treasurer.
November 14: Charging for Car Insurance by the Mile: Good Business and Good for Energy and the Environment? With Richard Hutchinson, General Manager for the “My Rate” program, Progressive Insurance.
November 21: TBA
November 28: Thanksgiving Break
December 5: TBA
The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of
Crawford Hall. Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made. On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion.
Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building. The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch. On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.
For more information about these and other Center for Policy Studies programs, please see http://policy.case.edu.