Putting the Supreme Court Back in Place: Ideology, Yes; Agenda, No
White Plains, NY (Vocus) April 10, 2010
Constitutional expert and American legal history scholar Professor Steven H. Goldberg is available for comment on U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ announcement that will retire by mid-summer.
The author of “Putting the Supreme Court Back in Place: Ideology, Yes; Agenda, No,” (Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 175 (2004)), Goldberg is poised to offer expert commentary on Justice Stevens’ career, put his legacy into historical and political contexts and discuss what his departure means for the immediate future of the Supreme Court.
Goldberg can be reached directly via telephone at (914) 232-1922, or via e-mail at sgoldberg(at)law(dot)pace(dot)edu.
“Though usually pigeon-holed as the leader of the liberal wing of the Court, that provides little in understanding what will be missing from the Court when Justice Stevens leaves,” Professor Goldberg says. “More pragmatist than liberal, the key to understanding Stevens’ opinions and value to the Court is marked more by how the law and the legal profession work than by adherence to any particular political ideology or narrow interpretive theory of constitutional law.”
Professor Goldberg also has insights into the front-running candidates to succeed Justice Stevens, including the reputations of each in the legal community, their strengths and what political hurdles each might face in the confirmation process.
Of a potential successor to Justice Stevens, Professor Goldberg notes, “If he is replaced by another person whose main experience has been judicial, academic, or in a narrow niche of the law, the Court and society will be the poorer.”
A Professor of Law at the Pace University School of Law, Goldberg possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School. He is also the author of a trial advocacy book, The First Trial (Where Do I Sit? What Do I Say?), which has been popular with the nation’s law students and lawyers for more than twenty years. He is the co-author, with Park and Leonard, of an evidence treatise in the West Hornbook Series, Evidence Law: A Student’s Guide to the Law of Evidence as Applied in American Trials.
Before joining Pace Law School, Professor Goldberg taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and at the University of Minnesota School of Law. Goldberg served as co-chair of the Westchester County Bar Association’s Committee on Lawyer Ethics from 1991 to 2002 and is a member of the American Law Institute.
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