The Legacy and Legitimacy of the Roberts Court

Jun 20, 2012

The journalist and legal scholar Jeffrey Rosen says that the defining test of Chief Justice John Roberts's leadership is to avoid partisan polarization on the US Supreme Court. No test of that leadership could be more crucial than the Court’s forthcoming decision on the Affordable Care Act. Much is at stake: Roberts's legacy as Chief Justice, the future of American healthcare, and possibly a presidential race. Rosen joins us on Wednesday to examine the Roberts court and the ramifications of its defining decision.


Jeffrey Rosen is a professor of law at George Washington University and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He's been the legal affairs editor of The New Republic since 1992. He's the author most recently of The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America. His other books include The Most Democratic Branch: How the Courts Serve AmericaThe Naked Crowd , and The The Unwanted Gaze.