Sunstein to assess judicial partisanship
Posted March 27, 2008; 01:05 p.m.
Renowned legal scholar and political theorist Cass Sunstein will examine the political partisanship of judges in a talk set for 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
In his lecture, titled "Political Judging," Sunstein will assess judicial votes to provide some answers to the question of whether judges are political. He will discuss which members of the Supreme Court count as most and least activist or partisan, and will offer thoughts about how human beings, including judges, respond to pressures to conform.
Currently on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School, Sunstein will move to the Harvard University Law School in the fall. He has written more than 15 books and hundreds of scholarly articles in a wide range of fields, including administrative law and policy, constitutional law and theory, behavioral economics and law, and environmental law. He is currently working on various projects involving the relationship between law and human behavior.
Sunstein's talk is the fourth annual Donald Bernstein '75 Lecture sponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs.