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Justices unveiled: Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin to share Supreme Court insights

September 12, 2014

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Wall Street Journal Supreme Court reporter Jess Bravin is set to speak at Tulane Law School Sept. 19 at noon.

Photo courtesy of Jess Bravin 

Jess Bravin has written about Supreme Court cases involving some of the most compelling issues of our time: same-sex marriage, GPS tracking, immigration restrictions, the fight against terrorism and more.

He’s charted how Chief Justice John Roberts has voted with liberal justices to pull major rulings to the center and has “revived the custom of referring to opposing legal counsel as ‘friends,’ rather than adversaries or even colleagues.”

On Sept. 19, Bravin will share insights on covering the high court during a presentation at Tulane Law School that’s free and open to the public. Law Professor Amy Gajda, a former TV journalist who’s internationally recognized for her expertise on media law, will lead the discussion.

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Tulane Law Professor Amy Gajda, a former TV journalist, will lead the discussion with the Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin.

Photo by Kathy Anderson 

The event is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. in the Wendell H. Gauthier Appellate Moot Court Room, Weinmann Hall 110.

It’s co-sponsored by the law school, its Payson Center for International Development and Tulane’s student chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Bravin’s eclectic background includes writing for Spy magazine, serving on the University of California Board of Regents as a law student and leading the effort to designate Raymond Chandler Square in Hollywood as a cultural monument.

A Harvard graduate with a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Bravin has written books on military trials at Guantanamo Bay (The Terror Courts, Yale 2013) and “Squeaky” Fromme, who tried to shoot President Gerald Ford in 1975 (Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme, St. Martin’s, 1997).

He has won awards for his coverage of the International Criminal Court, the legal response to 9/11 and the Supreme Court case involving the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Gajda practiced law in Washington, D.C., before starting her teaching career. Her book The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press, scheduled for publication later this year by Harvard University Press, explores judicial oversight both of journalism and media more broadly. She teaches information privacy and torts.

Bravin also is participating in a Sept. 18 panel discussion as part of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, which is visiting Tulane University until Oct. 30. The traveling exhibit uses multimedia storytelling to examine the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

The panel — “Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Modern America” — is set for at 6 p.m. in Jones Hall 204 and includes Denny LeBoeuf (L ’88) of the American Civil Liberties Union and former U.S. Army Chaplain James Yee, author of For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire.  
 

 
   


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