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Recapping A Remarkable Supreme Court Term

Jul 20, 2020

The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
Credit Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Coming up at the end of the program today, we remember Congressman John Lewis, who died Friday at the age of 80, following a battle with cancer.  In an excerpt from a 2013 Time Magazine interview, the civil rights leader remembers the speech he delivered at the historic March on Washington in August 1963
 

But first, it’s Midday on the Law.  Tom is joined by two legal scholars for a conversation about the recently completed term of the U.S. Supreme Court

Last week, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital for a couple days for treatment of a gall bladder infection.  On Friday, she announced that she has had a recurrence of cancer, and that she has been undergoing chemotherapy since May.  At 87, she is currently the oldest Supreme Court Justice.  In a statement, she said that she remains fully able to remain an active member of the Court.

In the past few weeks, the Court released opinions involving election law, President Trump’s tax returns, abortion and birth control, the fate of Dreamers, and employment discrimination.  Chief Justice John Roberts surprised many court watchers; a conservative appointee, he delighted liberals in two important cases. 

For perspective on these decisions, Tom welcomes back to Midday two highly respected legal scholars.

Amy Howe (left) blogs at "Howe on the Court." Kim Wehle is a constitutional scholar and professor at UB School of Law.
Credit Amy Howe; Kim Wehle

Amy Howe was a reporter and editor at SCOTUSBlog until 2016.  She has argued cases before the Supreme Court, and taught law at Stanford and Harvard.  She still contributes to SCOTUS Blog, and she covers the court and the judiciary on her blog, Howe on the Court.

Kim Wehle is a member of the faculty of the University of Baltimore School of Law.  She’s the author of two books, How to Read the Constitution and Why, as well as What You Need to Know About Voting, And Why.  She’s also a legal commentator for CBS News.