From Hamdan to Hobby Lobby: Nine Years of the Roberts Court

On October 6, the Supreme Court began the tenth term under Chief Justice John Roberts. In the first nine terms of the Roberts Court, we've seen significant shifts in important areas of civil rights and civil liberties law, including free speech, equality, privacy, and criminal justice. The Roberts Court has had the most expansive reading of the freedom of speech in our nation's history, but it has continued the Rehnquist Court's trend of narrowing the Constitution's protection against racial injustice. The Roberts Court's attempts to ensure that the right to privacy keeps pace with developing technology has lead to both bold pronouncements and missteps. In the criminal justice sphere, the last nine years have seen the incorporation of international norms and standards of human rights law to a surprising degree. The beginning of a new term offers a fitting occasion to examine recent trends and to attempt to assess them, both in relation to precedent and to future implications for the law and for society.

Join us for a talk by Zachary Heiden, ACLU of Maine Legal Director

Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College
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To reach Brunswick

From the south: Take the Maine Turnpike to Exit 52 (formerly Exit 9; 295 to Coastal Route 1). Continue on 295 to Exit 28 Route 1 North: Coastal Route, Brunswick/Bath).

From the north via the Maine Turnpike: Take Exit 14, then I-295 to Exit 28 Route 1 North.

To reach the main campus 

From I-295, take Route 1 North/Pleasant Street. Proceed to the third traffic light. Go straight ("To 201/123/24/Maine Street"). Continue straight for approximately 1/2 mile to the second traffic light. Turn right on Maine Street. Continue on Maine Street for approximately 1/2 mile. The Bowdoin campus begins at the intersection of Maine Street and Bath Road, near a large UCC Church.