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Panel to discuss U.S. Supreme Court and the media

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, 4:30 p.m. · Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Noted law reporters and media analysts will participate in a panel discussion titled "Full Court Press: The Supreme Court, the Media and Public Understanding" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The panelists are: Emily Bazelon, a Yale Law School senior research scholar and a Slate.com senior writer and editor; Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times; Dahlia Lithwick, Slate.com senior editor and legal correspondent; and Jeffrey Toobin, CNN senior legal analyst and author of "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court." Paul Starr, Princeton's Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs, will moderate the discussion.

"While the Supreme Court in recent decades has become a prominent player in American politics, public knowledge of the justices and the impact of the judiciary branch remains fairly foggy," said Paul Frymer, acting director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs, which is sponsoring the event. "This panel discussion builds on recent issues raised by the confirmation process of Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor [a 1976 Princeton alumna], particularly with regard to what the public knows and understands about the court."

Panelists will explore what the role of the media is or should be in educating the public about judges and judicial nominees, as well as issues such as how the media view or should view their job as a "fourth branch of government," how the media should handle interest group efforts at agenda control and the future of the media's place in Supreme Court politics.

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