The Supreme Court with and without Justice Scalia:
Religious Freedom & Affirmative Action
Talk and Brunch with Bill Cotter
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 12:30-2:00 PM.
In its 228th year history, the U.S. Supreme Court has primarily been a conservative institution, defending the rights of corporations and property. Only from 1948-74 did the civil rights of women and minorities consistently gain important protections. Since 1986 the Court has generally reverted to conservative positions (with the important exception of gay rights). During these years, Justice Scalia anchored the conservative majority until his death in early 2016. What might we expect ahead from the Supreme Court?
Bill Cotter was President and Professor of Constitutional Law at Colby College from 1979 until 2000. He then became the founding President of the Oak Foundation (headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.) Prior to Colby, he was President of the Africa-America Institute, Ford Foundation Representative for Colombia and Venezuela, a White House Fellow with President Johnson, and an associate attorney in a Wall Street law firm.
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