The Lasting Impact of the Roberts Court and the Changing Interpretations of the Constitution

Monday, September 01, 2014

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

We are re-airing this interview which originally aired on June 5, 2014. 

From Citizens United to its rulings on the Affordable Care Act and gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life.  Laurence Tribe talks about the extent to which the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution and digs into the court’s recent rulings. In Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution, written with Joshua Matz, Tribe looks at why political gridlock, cultural change, and technological progress mean that the court’s decisions on key topics—including free speech, privacy, voting rights, and presidential power—could be uniquely durable.


Laurence Tribe

Comments [3]


I need to correct something I wrote below. If his name were used as a possessive, the title would read:

"The Lasting Impact of Roberts's Court and the Changing Interpretations of the Constitution"

(I accidentally left the "the" before his name in my first comment.)

Sep. 01 2014 07:36 PM

BrettG, Roberts is not being used as a possessive but as an identifier, e.g., The Lopate Court.

Also, if it were being used as a possessive, it should be the Roberts's Court—since his name ends in "s."

"Form the possessive singular of nouns with 's.

Follow this rule whatever the final consonant. Thus write,

Charles's friend
Burns's poems"

Sep. 01 2014 01:43 PM

Sorry to see poor grammar on the show page. The Chief Justice last name is Roberts, so graf should start "The Roberts' court."

Sep. 01 2014 12:17 PM

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