Legal theorist Sunstein to assess levels of judicial partisanship, April 3rd
Cass Sunstein, the Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School, will deliver the fourth annual Donald S. Bernstein ’75 Lecture, hosted by the Program in Law and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School. Sunstein’s lecture, titled “Political Judging,” will take place Thursday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m., in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Sunstein’s talk will address whether U.S. judges’ rulings are politically motivated, and provide an assessment of more than 30,000 judicial votes to examine the issue.
Sunstein clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in several countries including the Ukraine, Poland, China, South Africa, and Russia.
Sunstein has authored numerous books and scholarly articles in a wide range of fields, including administrative law and policy, constitutional law and theory, behavioral economics and law, and environmental law. His most recent book, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, co-authored with Richard Thaler (Yale University Press, 2008), examines the impact humans’ susceptibility to biases has on legal decision making in many areas and how thoughtful “choice architecture” can be established to nudge us in beneficial directions without restricting freedom of choice.
Sunstein is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. In the fall, 2008, he will join the faculty of Harvard Law School as director of the School’s new program on risk regulation.
The Bernstein Lecture has since 2005, through the support of Donald S. Bernstein '75, featured noted legal scholars including Judge Richard Posner, 2005; Kenneth Roth, 2006; and Robert C. Post, 2007.
This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 609-258-8377 or visit the LAPA website.