New York Law School Hosts Symposium on “Supreme Court Narratives: Law, History, and Journalism”

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Book Signing with Dean Emeritus James F. Simon, Author of FDR and Chief Justice Hughes: The President, the Supreme Court, and the Epic Battle over the New Deal

The New York Law School Law Review will convene legal experts, journalists, and authors to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court with a particular focus on the relationship between U.S. presidents and chief justices at crucial times in American history at a symposium titled, “Supreme Court Narratives: Law, History, and Journalism.” The symposium is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at New York Law School, located at 185 West Broadway.

The symposium will also celebrate the publication of New York Law School Dean Emeritus James F. Simon’s new book, FDR and Chief Justice Hughes: The President, the Supreme Court, and the Epic Battle over the New Deal (Simon & Schuster, 2012). FDR and Chief Justice Hughes tells the dramatic story of the most significant struggle between the executive and judiciary branches of the federal government in the 20th century, one with critical implications for the constitutional challenge to President Obama’s health care law argued before the Supreme Court this week. Professor Simon is the author of eight books on American history, law, and politics. His books have won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award and twice been named New York Times Notable Books. A reception and book signing will follow the symposium panels from 4:45 to 6 p.m.

The symposium will feature two panels. The first, Historical Perspectives: The Supreme Court, Presidents, and Constitutional Power, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., will be moderated by New York Law School Professor Nadine Strossen, former President, American Civil Liberties Union (1991–2008). Panelists are: Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School; R.B. Bernstein, Distinguished Adjunct Professor, New York Law School; Richard Friedman, Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School; Lucas A. Powe, Anne Green Regents Chair in Law and Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin School of Law; and Edward A. Purcell Jr., Joseph Solomon Distinguished Professor of Law, New York Law School.

The second panel is Covering the Court: The Supreme Court, Presidents, and a First Draft of History, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., moderated by Jonathan Alter, author, reporter, columnist, and TV analyst. Panelists are: Catherine Crier, news correspondent, TV analyst, and author; Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent, The New York Times; Tony Mauro, author and Supreme Court Correspondent, The National Law Journal; Jeff Shesol, historian, speechwriter, and author; and Stephen Wermiel, author, Fellow in Law and Government, American University Washington College of Law, and former Supreme Court Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal.

Papers from the symposium will be published in a future issue of the New York Law School Law Review.

For more information about the symposium, visit Registration is free for NYLS faculty, staff, alumni, and students, and the fee is $25 for non-alumni. CLE Professional Practice credits are available. Members of the media may RSVP to Nancy Guida at nancy.guida(at) or 212.431.2325.

About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located in lower Manhattan near the city’s centers of law, government, and finance. New York Law School’s renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information law, tax law, real estate and urban legal studies, international law, financial services and regulation, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. The School is noted for its nine academic centers: Center on Business Law & Policy, Center on Financial Services Law, Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law, Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate Studies, Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families, Institute for Information Law & Policy, and Justice Action Center. New York Law School has more than 13,000 graduates and currently enrolls some 1,350 full-time students and 400 part-time students in its J.D. program and its four advanced degree programs in financial services law, real estate, tax, and mental disability law studies.

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