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Forty More Years: The Election, the Supreme Court, and Your Rights

Presidents come and go, but Supreme Court justices last seemingly forever. When William Douglas left the Supreme Court in 1975, it officially ended Franklin D. Roosevelt’s direct impact on the Supreme Court. The president who picks Clarence Thomas’s successor was probably a junior in high school when Thomas was appointed in 1991.

Alexander Hamilton wrote the judiciary was the “least dangerous branch of government.” Would he be shocked? The recent death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg thrust the Court into the center of national dialogue, but it should have been there from the start of the campaign.

Where are your civil rights and individual liberties heading in the wake of the loss of RBG? Is Roe v. Wade in danger? What will happen with the Affordable Care Act? Join Richard Pacelle, professor and head of the UT Department of Political Science, as he separates the partisan bluster from the reality.

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We will not have live captioning available for the presentation, but a recording with captions will be available online afterwards.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science
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Amanda Womac

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