What Drives Americans’ Shifting Opinions on Abortion Rights?

A new Gallup Poll, issued yesterday, showed a plurality of Americans identifying themselves as “pro-life.” You can see the results of the poll here, but the essential statistic that Gallup found is that 47 percent of those asked identified with the “pro-life” position while 45 percent of those responding said they were “pro-choice.” When compared […]

Former PJP Board Member Nominated to the High Court

Former Peter Jennings Project Board of Advisors member Elena Kagan was nominated today by President Barack Obama to take Justice John Paul Stevens seat on the Supreme Court. 2008 PJP fellows will remember Kagan as part of our panel on Women in the Law. But Kagan was more than a PJP participant. Until she resigned […]

Featured Guest Blogger: Lyle Denniston

Of “Standing” and “Injury” and Something Called “Ashwander Doctrine”Peering Through the Looking-glass at the Constitutional Challenges to “Obama-care” When Americans join in a hearty fight over a major public policy, they usually prove that Alexis de Toqueville was right. The shrewd French observer of life in America wrote in 1831: “Scarcely any political question arises […]

Arguing Before the High Court

You’re case has been granted certiorari and you are preparing for your first oral argument in front of the nine justices of the highest court in the land. How do you prepare? Do you aim to convince the whole bench or the two or three justices you feel are most likely on the fence? Are […]