Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Taubman Center

Alexander Meiklejohn Lecture ─ Kate Shaw '01: The Roberts Court, the Public, and Institutional Legitimacy

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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The complex relationship between the Supreme Court and the world of politics is on full display in this election year, as the President and Senate push to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. This lecture and discussion will analyze the discourse surrounding the last Supreme Court Term, the Term beginning on October 5, and the ongoing confirmation fight, and probe what we mean when we talk about the Supreme Court’s "institutional legitimacy." 


Kate Shaw '01 is a Professor of Law. Before joining Cardozo, Professor Shaw worked in the White House Counsel’s Office as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. She clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Professor Shaw graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University and with a J.D. magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Northwestern University, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Northwestern University Law Review and won the John Paul Stevens Award. Her scholarly work has appeared, among other places, in the Northwestern University Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, and her popular writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, and the Take Care blog. She recently edited the book "Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories," with Reva Siegel and Melissa Murray. She also serves as a contributor with ABC News, co-hosts the Supreme Court podcast Strict Scrutiny, and serves as a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS).