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Supreme Analysis: An Evening on the Court presented by the Martha's Vineyard Author Series

This virtual event, presented by the Martha's Vineyard Book Festival is free, with a suggested donation, but registration is required.

Adam Cohen
Supreme Inequality

Richard Lazarus
The Rule of Five

Ruth Marcus
Supreme Ambition

Moderated by Dahlia Lithwick

This spring, three important new books on the Supreme Court were published with each providing a unique window into the Court's operations and decision making. As the Court issues its final decisions in this astonishing year, these Court watchers will provide a comprehensive view of the Court, where it is coming from and where it is going. Dahlia Lithwick will be the moderator for this "don’t miss” event. Ms. Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate and has penned Slate’s "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns since 1999. She is also host of Amicus, Slate’s award-winning biweekly podcast about the law and the Supreme Court.


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Adam Cohen
an award-winning journalist, lawyer and author, Cohen is the author of five book. Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck was named to the longlist for the 2016 National Book Award. a former public interest lawyer who worked with the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center, Cohen also was a member of The New York Times editorial board and is also co-editor of The National Book Review. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School AND LIVES IN NEW YORK CITY.

In Supreme Inequality, Adam Cohen examines the Court's role in contributing to the nation's soaring level of economic inequality. Many of the greatest successes of the Warren Court, in areas such as school desegregation, voting rights, and protecting workers, have been abandoned in recent years in favor of rulings that protect corporations and privileged Americans, who tend to be white, wealthy, and powerful.

Richard Lazarus
Lazarus is the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard University, where he teaches environmental law. he has represented governments and environmental groups in 40 Supreme Court cases. With Chief Justice Roberts, he co-Teaches a course on the history of the Supreme Court. Lazarus was founding director of Georgetown Law’s Supreme Court Institute, PREPARING attorneys for cases before the Supreme Court. A GRADUATE OF the University of Illinois and Harvard Law School, HE lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife and has been a LONG TIME summer resident OF Martha’s Vineyard.

The Rule of Five is a gripping story of the most important environmental law case ever decided by the Supreme Court. While examining how an unlikely team of lawyers and climate activists overcame conservative opposition to win what was considered an impossible case, Harvard Law School Professor Richard Lazarus reveals the personal dynamics of the Justices and the workings of the Court. 

Ruth Marcus
MARCUS is a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and deputy editor of the Post’s editorial page. Marcus has covered every major institution in Washington, including the Supreme Court, the White House, and Congress, and has written about judicial confirmation battles stretching back to Robert Bork in 1987. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary in 2007. She lives in Maryland with her husband and their two daughters.

Supreme Ambition explores the Republicans' plan, launched 30 years ago, to takeover the Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh set his sights on the Court right out of law school. Washington Post journalist and legal expert Ruth Marcus goes behind the scenes to document the inside story of how their supreme ambition triumphed.




Event Date: 
Sunday, August 9, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
online, MA 02568
Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735221505
Published: Penguin Press - February 25th, 2020

The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674238121
Availability: Backordered
Published: Belknap Press - March 10th, 2020

Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982123864
Published: Simon & Schuster - December 3rd, 2019