Middlebury College: Has the Supreme Court Become Too Powerful?

Alexander Hamilton Forum: “Has the Supreme Court Become Too Powerful?”


On October 21, 2020, the Alexander Hamilton Forum, a JMC partner program, is hosting Suzanna Sherry (Vanderbilt University Law School) and Adam White (Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University) for a virtual counter-point discussion on the Supreme Court. Counterpoint-style events feature two speakers who present contrasting views and then field questions from the audience.

De Tocqueville wrote in 1835, “There is hardly any political question in the United States that sooner or later does not turn into a judicial question.” From abortion to guns, healthcare to marriage, the influence of the judiciary is vast. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett has renewed longstanding debates about the proper role of the judiciary.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 • 7:00 PM
A virtual discussion through Zoom

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Suzanna Sherry, Vanderbilt UniversitySuzanna Sherry is the Herman O. Loewenstein Chair in Law at the Vanderbilt University Law School. Her work in the area of constitutional law has earned her national recognition as one of the most well-known scholars in the field. The author of more than 100 books and articles, she also writes extensively on federal courts and federal court procedures. After graduating from law school, Professor Sherry was a clerk for the Honorable John C. Godbold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Montgomery, Alabama, and then served as an associate with the law firm of Miller Cassidy Larroca & Lewin in Washington, D.C. She joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2000 as the inaugural holder of the Cal Turner Chair, having previously served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School since 1982.

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Adam White, American Enterprise InstituteAdam J. White is an Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, teaching and writing on Administrative Law and related subjects. Additionally, he directs the Law School’s C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State.  Professor White is a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. He has served on the leadership councils for the Administrative Law sections of both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society, and he serves on the boards of two nonprofits: LandCAN (for conservation on private lands) and Speech First (for free speech at universities). Previously he practiced law with Boyden Gray & Associates PLLC and with Baker Botts LLP. He clerked for Judge David Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit, after graduating from the Harvard Law School and the University of Iowa.

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The Alexander Hamilton Forum at Middlebury College aims to foster thoughtful engagement with the ideas that have informed the creation and development of the American polity. The Forum promotes the study of the American political thought and founding principles; their relationship to American institutions, statesmanship, public law, political economy, and grand strategy; and their place in the history of western political philosophy. It seeks to offer students an opportunity to think critically about the relevance of political and constitutional theory to a range of contemporary debates in American public life.

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