EVENT ADVISORY: The Supreme Corp.: How Corporate and Right-Wing Interests Captured the U.S. Supreme Court and What Can Be Done to Combat It

Washington, D.C. — Under Chief Justice John Roberts’ leadership, the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative justices have delivered landmark victories for corporate and right-wing interests in dozens of cases, such as Citizens United v. FEC, Shelby County v. Holder, and Janus v. AFCME. The conservative justices on the court decide cases as though they have been effectively captured by these special interests—a problem exacerbated by a broken nominations process that is increasingly resulting in more extreme partisans being put on the bench.

Please join the Center for American Progress and the American Constitution Society (ACS) for a discussion of Supreme Court capture and what can be done to combat it, featuring leading policy experts and a keynote by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), author of the book Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy and the recently published ACS issue brief “A Right-Wing Rout: What the ‘Roberts Five’ Decisions Tell Us About the Integrity of Today’s Supreme Court.

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WHO:

Introductory remarks:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Panel I: Fixing a broken court: How right-wing special interests captured the courts and what we can do to fix them

Panelists:
Anna Chu, Vice President for Strategy and Policy, National Women’s Law Center
Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society; author of The Democracy Fix
Kristine Lucius, Executive Vice President for Policy and Governmental Affairs, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Robert Raben, President and Founder, The Raben Group

Moderator:
Sam Berger, Vice President of Democracy and Government Reform, Center for American Progress

Keynote remarks:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Panel II: Reckoning with a captured court: The cases decided by the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc and where they are headed

Panelists:
Sharon Block, Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
Kent Greenfield, Professor and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, Boston College Law School
Deepak Gupta, Founding Principal, Gupta Wessler PLLC
Rena Steinzor, Edward M. Robertson Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Moderator:
Mark Joseph Stern, Writer, Slate

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST

WHERE

Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

A light lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m.

For more information or to talk to an expert, please contact Sam Hananel at  or 202.478.6327.