Women Making History at the U.S. Supreme Court

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What’s The 411 Networks, a Woman-Owned Media Company and Constitutional Law Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall First Black Women to Receive Supreme Court Media Credentials

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Ruth J. Morrison, Founder, What's The 411? Networks

Decisions from the United States Supreme Court affect the lives of all citizens, immigrants, and in these particular cases, people and corporations beyond our borders.

What’s The 411 Networks, a digital media company (http://www.whatsthe411.com), founded by Ruth J. Morrison recently made history when it launched coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court. What’s The 411 Networks is the first Black-owned media company to receive media credentials to cover the U.S. Supreme Court. Constitutional Law Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall What’s The 411 Networks’ correspondent covering the United States Supreme Court is the first African-American woman journalist to cover the country’s highest court.

With U.S. Supreme Court media credentials, Ms. Browne-Marshall listened to the oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court on February 28, 2012, for the cases Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority. Both cases focus on corporate immunity; expressly, should corporations be held liable for acts of torture committed under their auspices? What makes these cases especially fascinating is that both cases allege torture by a foreign company on foreign soil.

My mission is to report on the U.S. Supreme Court in a manner that is accessible to the general public and of assistance to scholars at large, said Gloria Browne-Marshall. “I applaud What’s The 411 Networks for its willingness to cover the actions of the U.S. Supreme Court, as not enough attention is paid to the Third branch of government. The general population knows the least about the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court; yet its rulings become the law of the land.”

“I am delighted to have created a media company that facilitated this momentous occasion, said Ruth J. Morrison. “Decisions from the United States Supreme Court affect the lives of all citizens, immigrants, and in these particular cases, people and corporations beyond our borders. And, truth be told, the U.S. Supreme Court is the most powerful branch of government because all too often, its rulings stand without Congressional intervention.”

“Further, in view of Citizens United, it will be very interesting to see how the Court threads this needle regarding these two cases,” Ms. Morrison continued.

About What’s The 411 Networks

Based in Brooklyn, New York, What's The 411? Networks is a digital media/news company. Targeting sophisticated multi-cultural audiences, the What’s The 411 Networks’ website (http://www.whatsthe411.com) and television show contain primarily news-oriented original video content produced by the What’s The 411 team.

About Ruth J. Morrison

Ruth J. Morrison is the Founder of What’s The 411 Networks, a digital media/news company. Ms. Morrison is not one to color inside the lines. She is a person of firsts. Ms. Morrison was the first Executive Director of the Brooklyn International Trade Development Center, the first small business development center in New York City whose sole responsibility was to help small businesses export their products and services.

Additionally, Ms. Morrison was the first African-American leased time producer to distribute a weekly television show on WNYC-TV; she also licensed that show to a broadcaster in South Africa. She was a consultant to an American company doing business in Brasil; the first African-American woman beat reporter to cover the NY Knicks and she became a video streaming pioneer in the mid-1990s. Ms. Morrison developed and launched from conception the City of New York’s multi-channel cable television network.

Ms. Morrison was a Communications Fellow at the Annenberg Washington Program of Northwestern University; and a Communications Director for a member of the U.S. Congress. She earned a master's degree in Interactive Telecommunications from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and she completed her coursework towards a Ph.D. in Political Science at Columbia University.

Ms. Morrison is a contender for the Robert McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs Program.

About Gloria J. Browne-Marshall

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is a Constitutional Law Professor at John Jay College of the City University of New York. She is also the author of Race, Law and American Society 1607 – Present, and The U.S. Constitution: An African American Context. As the Director and Founder of The Law and Policy Group, a think tank for the community, she oversees the publication of The Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls(R) which is the only ongoing national report on the state of Black females in America.

Additionally, Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is an award-winning playwright, free-lance journalist, and recipient of the 2009 Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award. As a journalist, she traveled to Oslo, Norway, to cover President Barack Obama's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize. She speaks nationally and internationally on criminal justice, civil rights, gender equality, human rights, and child advocacy issues. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and several civic organizations. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall writes books, essays, and legal articles on issues of racial justice, which specifically relate to the role of women.

Ruth J. Morrison and Gloria Browne-Marshall are available for interviews.


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