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Pulitzer Prize-Winner to Lecture on U.S. Supreme Court at Moritz
Linda Greenhouse will present the annual Frank R. Strong Law Forum lecture
November 4, 2002
An increasingly important fault line has appeared on todayís U.S. Supreme Court. It is not one of ideology, but a question of what stance the Court should take toward its work. Should it take a minimalist approach, deciding only what is necessary to resolve a particular dispute in order not to preempt the democratic process? Or is the minimalist approach an evasion of the Courtís broader institutional responsibilities?
Linda Greenhouse, New York Times Supreme Court correspondent, will look at the real-world version of this academic debate that is playing out on the Court today when she presents the annual Frank R. Strong Law Forum lecture at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University on November 14. In "Between Certainty and Doubt: States of Mind on the Supreme Court Today," she will address the ongoing debate between a leading minimalist. Justice Stephen G. Breyer, and a maximalist, Justice Antonin Scalia, and examine the roots and consequences of these competing approaches from recent terms. She will suggest that close attention to this ongoing debate provides a useful way of understanding the current Court.
The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held at 4 p.m. in the Saxbe Auditorium of John Deaver Drinko Hall, 55 West 12th Avenue.
Linda Greenhouse has been the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times since 1978. In 1990, she was named a Senior Writer for the Times. In other assignments for the Times, she has also covered Congress and the New York State legislature.
After graduating from Radcliffe College in 1968, she was hired by columnist James Reston as his assistant. Immediately prior to covering the Court, she spent a year at Yale Law School on a Ford Foundation fellowship and obtained the degree of Master of Studies in Law. She has honorary degrees from Brown, Colgate, and Northeastern Universities and from the City University of New York. For her coverage of the Supreme Court, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism (beat reporting) in 1998.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society. In addition, she is a member of the Womenís Forum of Washington, D.C. and from 1995 to 2002 served on the advisory committee of the Schlesinger Library on the History of American Women, at Harvardís Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
In addition to her print journalism duties, she appears regularly on the PBS program Washington Week in Review and also answers readersí questions about the Court in an on-line column, which may be accessed through the Supreme Court Guide section of The New York Times on the Web.
The Frank R. Strong Law Forum was the Moritz Collegeís first endowed lecture series. Made possible through a gift from Isador í27 and Ida Topper, the series recognizes Frank R. Strong, Dean of the College from 1952 to 1965.
The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University is Ohioís flagship law school. Approximately 650 students attend classes at the schoolís John Deaver Drinko Hall, located at 55 West 12th Avenue.