The Momentous 2021 Term and the Legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court (RECORDED)
This program is a recording of the Live Webcast Seminar held on July 27, 2022.
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The Supreme Court's recently-concluded Term already seems clearly to be one for the ages. This is not only because its final decisions included rejection of Roe v. Wade and Roe's "progeny," as well as the extension of Second Amendment rights. The Term also was pathbreaking in a majority's use and abuse of well-established rules and customs regarding the Court's emergency powers and its "shadow docket." It further featured key administrative law rulings and a new majority's apparent rejection of Chief Justice Roberts's concern for the established institutional role of the Court.
Professor Avi Soifer, William S. Richardson School of Law
Professor Soifer received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1972. He also holds a B.A. cum laude (1969) and a Masters of Urban Studies (1972) degree from Yale. He served as Dean of the William S. Richardson School of Law from 2003-2020. While in law school, he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, a director of the Law School Film Society, and a director of the Legal Services Organization. He helped to found the C.V.H. Project, representing people in Connecticut’s largest mental hospital. After graduating, he clerked for then-Federal District Court Judge Jon O. Newman in Connecticut from 1972-73. Soifer began his law teaching career at the University of Connecticut in 1973, received a Law and Humanities Fellowship at Harvard University in 1976-77, and taught at Boston University from 1979-1993. He served as Dean of Boston College Law School from 1993-1998, and he continued to teach at BC until 2003, when he moved to Hawai'i. Soifer received Boston College’s Distinguished Senior Research Award and he was appointed as a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Wisconsin's Legal Studies Institute. His book, Law and the Company We Keep (Harvard University Press, 1995) was awarded the Alpha Sigma Nu Triennial National Jesuit Book Prize in professional studies.
Professor Soifer continues to add to his extensive record of scholarly publications, as well as making presentations and serving on public service boards locally and nationally. He teaches and writes primarily in the areas of constitutional law, legal history, and law and humanities.
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