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Is There a Conservative Assault on the Supreme Court?

Moderated by Jim Newton
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Episode Summary
Chemerinsky-- founding dean at U.C. Irvine School of Law-- and Eastman-- Kennedy Chair in Law at Chapman University-- debate whether the country's highest court has been ideologically motivated during recent decades, thus denying justice to millions of Americans.

Participant(s) Bio
Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding dean of the University of California, Irvine Law School. A graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he has authored six previous books and more than 100 law-review articles. He has argued several cases before the Supreme Court and various circuits of the United States Court of Appeals.

Dr. John Eastman is the Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law at Chapman University School of Law and was Dean from 2007 until February 2010, when he stepped down to pursue a bid to become California Attorney General. He joined the Chapman law faculty in August 1999, specializing in Constitutional Law, Legal History, and Property and was appointed Dean in June 2007. He serves as the Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute that he founded in 1999. John also serves as Chairman of the Federalist Society's Federalism & Separation of Powers practice group.

Jim Newton is the editor-at-large of the Los Angeles Times. In his 21 years at The Times, Newton has worked as a reporter, editor, bureau chief and, from 2007 through 2009, editor of the editorial pages. He is the author of "Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made," a critically acclaimed best-selling biography of the former chief justice and California governor, and is finishing a presidential biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower, to be published in 2011. He teaches journalistic ethics at UCLA, where he is a senior fellow at the School of Public Affairs.