Sunday, November 4 at 4:00 pm

Sunday Speaker Series: Author Linda Greenhouse

The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction

Presented by Linda Greenhouse


Linda Greenhouse, new Stockbridge resident, is the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at Yale Law School.  She assumed this position in 2009 after a 40-year career at the New York Times, including 30 years covering the United States Supreme Court.  At Yale, she is a member of the faculty of the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and teaches Supreme Court-related courses. Her presentation will include a consideration of how this year’s election might affect the composition and direction of the Supreme Court.


She received numerous journalism awards for her reporting, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 (Beat Reporting); the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association in 2002 for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics;” and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2004.  Her most recent book is The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012).  She is also the author of a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Becoming Justice Blackmun (2005), and Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel), published in 2010.


Ms. Greenhouse is one of two non-lawyer honorary members of the American Law Institute, which awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal in 2002.  She is a graduate of Radcliffe College (Harvard), and is a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers and several other nonprofit boards, including the American Constitution Society.  She earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, which she attended on a Ford Foundation fellowship.

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