Legal Scholar Dissects Supreme Court Justices at Kansas City Public Library

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For Immediate Release:
October 2, 2009
Contact: Paul Smith
Legal Scholar Dissects Supreme Court Justices at Kansas City Public Library

 Legal scholar David Atkinson presents Appointing the Supreme Court: From Truman to Obama on Monday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


During the last 65 years, the appointment of Supreme Court justices has developed into one of the most controversial and divisive constitutional responsibilities of a U.S. president. Atkinson will concentrate on those four justices appointed by President Truman while providing examples of the evolving role of the Court and its increasing politicization.


Atkinson’s experience makes him uniquely suited to compare and contrast the differences between the Court today and during Truman’s era, paying close attention to the role of the news media and the Senate.


David Atkinson is Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science and Law at UMKC. He has been a student of the Court for more than 40 years. In addition to his numerous teaching awards, he is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States as well as author of Leaving the Bench: Supreme Court Justices at the End.


Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to RSVP.


This presentation is co-sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Center for Governmental Affairs at UMKC and the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.

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