September 16, 2008

Aron & Levey Debate Election ’08 Stakes

Tomorrow (Sept. 17) is Constitution Day, a federal holiday marking the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787. American University’s Washington College of Law will mark the holiday with a late afternoon debate (details below) between CFJ Executive Director Curt Levey and Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron entitled “The 2008 Election and the Future of the Federal Courts.” Aron is the leading voice on the liberal side of the battle over judicial nominations and includes among her accomplishments “helping to defeat Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987” and “organizing the effort that helped support ten Senate filibusters against President George W. Bush's most extreme judicial nominees.”

As Jeffrey Toobin wrote in a recent New Yorker, “The stakes in [this] election, for the Supreme Court and all who live by its rulings, are very, very high.” Given the stakes and CFJ’s contributions to the other side of the battle – including our important role in breaking the back of the judicial filibuster and preventing the Borking of Supreme Court nominees John Roberts and Samuel Alito – we look forward to a very spirited debate.

September 17, 2008
3:45pm– 6:00 pm, Reception to Follow
American University Washington College of Law (WCL), Room 603
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Welcome and Introduction:
Lynda Dodd, Professor, WCL

Nan Aron, President, Alliance for Justice
Curt Levey, Executive Director, Committee for Justice

Herman Schwartz, Professor, WCL
Jamin Raskin, Professor, WCL
Jennifer Segal Diascro, Professor, School of Public Affairs, American University

For further information, please contact:
Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education, Phone: 202.274.4075; Fax: 202.274.4079; or