Georgia College hosts an excellent annual Constitution Week celebration, including an event focused on U.S. Supreme Court cases from the prior term. This year, I joined a panel with lawyers who represented parties in Bostock v. Clayton County and Chiafalo v. Washington. We discussed sex-based employment discrimination, “faithless electors,” DACA, the legacy of departed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the role of institutionalist Chief Justice John Roberts as Congress wages a bitter partisan battle for the Court’s future.
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Supreme Court Review: 2019-2020
I recently sat down with Dan McDonald of WRGC 88.3 and Jehan El-Jourbagy, assistant professor of business law and ethics at Georgia College. We discussed the recent term of the U.S. Supreme Court, including cases on reproductive rights, religious freedom, and presidential power. We also talked about the pivotal role Chief Justice John Roberts has played over the past two terms and what that might mean for the Court’s future.
Supreme Court Review: 2018-19
It’s that time of year again, when I team up with WRGC 88.3’s Daniel McDonald to discuss important cases and themes from the recently-concluded SCOTUS term. In this program, we discuss the U.S. Census citizenship question, partisan gerrymandering, and the evolving role of Chief Justice John Roberts.
Kennedy and Kavanaugh – SCOTUS Past and Future
I sat down with Dan McDonald of WRGC 88.3 to discuss retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy’s legacy as well as potential changes under SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Georgia Ballot Measures for the November 2016 Election
There’s a lot more to your ballot than the top of the ticket! This year, Georgia voters have four opportunities to amend the Georgia Constitution to address issues such as public school management, funding to fight sexual exploitation, the fate of our state’s judicial watchdog agency, and taxes on the sale of fireworks. Make sure you are informed before you step into the voting booth! WRGC’s Dan McDonald and I discuss the four questions you’ll see on Georgia ballots Nov. 8th.
Eight is Enough? The U.S. Supreme Court’s Recent Term
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015-16 term was marked by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and a few remarkable punts and no decisions from a divided eight-justice Court. Still, the Court issued plenty of consequential rulings, both before and after Scalia’s passing. Listen in as I discuss a few key decisions with WRGC’s Dan McDonald.
God, Guns, and the Georgia Legislature
Last session, the Georgia General Assembly passed controversial bills on campus carry and religious freedom. While Governor Deal vetoed those bills in the eleventh hour, we are likely to see some elements revived when the legislature reconvenes. Tune in to my WRGC interview to learn what was in these bills, their proponents and detractors, and the reasoning behind the Governor’s vetoes.
Constitution Week 2016
We wrapped up another incredible Constitution Week at Georgia College! Here were some of the highlights:
Chief Justice Hugh Thompson of the Georgia Supreme Court discussing access to justice and the court’s expansion;
State Rep. Alan Peake discussing medical marijuana initiatives;
A panel of state legislators discussing recent campus carry and religious freedom bills;
Jason Carter and Josh Belinfante discussing voting rights, poll access and ballot security.
Check out my interview with WRGC’s Dan McDonald where we talk about the week’s events.
Judicial Elections in Georgia
Too busy to blog for the past few months, so just catching up now! WRGC’s Dan McDonald and I recorded this show shortly before the Georgia primary elections, but it’s still relevant for anyone curious about the Georgia Court system and the process by which judges arrive on the bench.