Jim Liebman on ‘Where the Supreme Court is Headed’

James Liebman '74
Jim Liebman ’74

At our Class of ’74 lunchtime talk on August 9, 2022, Columbia Law Professor James Liebman (’74 TC) reviewed recent Supreme Court decisions on abortion, guns and religion and what they reveal about the new Court majority’s hidden and not-so-hidden agenda.

He also fielded questions from classmates about the prospects for new Constitutional amendments, changes to the Electoral College, limits to regulation by federal agencies, and other issues in what he sees as a dramatic transformation of the Court’s direction.

Jim is the Simon H. Rifkind Professor at Columbia Law School and founder of the school’s Center for Public Research and Leadership. During his career, Jim has tackled school desegregation including at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, accountability in education for the NYC school system, and the death penalty and habeas corpus, arguing five cases in the Supreme Court. From 1978 to 1979 he was law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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