The Role of the Judiciary in a Democracy

MAY 07, 2019 | 6:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1201: Elebash Recital Hall


May 07, 2019: 6:30 PM


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What is the role of the judiciary in a democracy? Why is the judiciary crucial, especially during times of extreme partisanship, and what safeguards can protect its independence? While the federal courts are often in the spotlight, state courts also play an increasingly important role in protecting rights and democratic principles. What are some key cases that could shape the future of American democracy? Hear from a distinguished panel, featuring Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Judge Jenny Rivera, who serves on the New York State Court of Appeals; and Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, a former federal district judge. Moderated by Julie C. Suk, professor of sociology and dean for master’s programs at The Graduate Center.
Part of the series The Promise and Perils of Democracy. This project is made possible in part with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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