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Politics & Public Policy

City Club Youth Forum

Partisanship and the Supreme Court

Thursday, September 27, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"It matters a whole lot whether our elected officials represent our whole society, whether our courts represent our whole society." – Jeremy Paris

The nine judges who hold the seats on the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest federal court of the United States, are responsible for the final interpreters of federal law. In recent history, their decisions have upheld President Trump's travel ban, Ohio's voter purging laws, and ruled in favor of the Colorado bakery owner who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. For 12 years, Justice Anthony Kennedy represented a swing vote, however, his impending retirement and the appointment of a new justice has the potential to change the Supreme Court's composition for decades.

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to replace Justice Kennedy, has been faced with deeply partisan support and pushback throughout Congress's confirmation hearings. This is not the first time we've witnessed partisan action in regards to the judicial branch, however, the role of partisanship seems to be extending beyond the nominee process to within the court's decisions. Have party lines divided the U.S. Supreme Court? Is it at risk for becoming just another tool for the major parties to enact political change rather than upholding the ideals of American democracy?

Join the Youth Forum Council for the first youth forum of the 2018-2019 year, a discussion on the implications of partisanship within the U.S. Supreme Court.

This conversation will be moderated by Youth Forum Council Member Nehal Chigurupati.

High school students are always free at City Club forums. Email jwang@cityclub.org for more information.

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