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Law Dialogs in DC
November 08 - Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo P.C,

Law Dialogs in DC:
A lunchtime discussion with faculty, practitioners, and policy makers

When: Friday, November 8, 2013
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo P.C
701 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC

Lunch included
Limited attendance

"The Rule of Law is Dead! Long Live the Rule of Law! Conflicting Public Perceptions of the Courts"

In the weeks before and after the Court's historic healthcare reform decision, public opinion polls showed large majorities of Americans believed that the justices decide cases on the basis of personal political preference. At the same time, polls also indicated that large majorities continued to think of the Court as an impartial arbiter of law. This half-law-half-politics perception of the judiciary turns out to be very widespread. Whether surveys ask about state courts, federal courts, or courts in general, most Americans appear to believe that all judges are political actors-except when they are not. Professor Bybee explores the contradictory contours of public opinion and considers their impact on the rule of law.

Leading our discussion will be Professor Keith J. Bybee, the Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper ’72 Judiciary Studies Professor and Director of the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media (IJPM).

Reply by November 1 to http://invite.syr.edu/lawdialog/ or by phone to 315.443.9533

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