FOLCS and 92NY were proud to bring Law of the Land: The Supreme Court’s Year in Review back to the live stage! The inner workings of the Supreme Court are mysterious and not easily understood, yet have broad social impact and provoke public debate- especially this Term, with student loan forgiveness, tech companies’ liability for user content, and race-based affirmative action among the important issues on the docket. Law of the Land breaks it all down in a comprehensive and entertaining way, taking the audience inside the Court’s major rulings of the year and their bearing on past and future cases.
On Wednesday, July 12, Thane Rosenbaum hosted a diverse panel of experts – Constitutional Law Professor at Touro Law Center, Tiffany Graham; New York Times Supreme Court Correspondent, Adam Liptak; senior legal correspondent at Slate, Dahlia Lithwick; Georgetown Law School Dean, William Treanor; and Rod Rosenstein, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General, in a lively discussion on a contentious year in review.
Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General
Rod Rosenstein helps clients resolve sensitive regulatory, enforcement and litigation challenges. His practice focuses on government investigations, crisis management, national security and cyber issues, tax controversies, compliance and monitoring. Rod served in the U.S. Department of Justice for 29 years and held political appointments during the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, including as Deputy Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for Maryland.
After earning a B.S. in Economics summa cum laude from the Wharton School of Business and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and serving as a federal appellate judicial clerk, Rod gained extensive litigation experience in trial and appellate courtrooms, handling high-profile fraud and corruption cases. He personally represented the United States in 23 jury trials and argued 21 appeals in various appellate courts and the Supreme Court.
During President George W. Bush’s first term, Rod was the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General responsible for supervising all federal criminal tax cases. President Bush appointed him as U.S. Attorney for Maryland in 2005. He led federal law enforcement efforts in Maryland for twelve years, throughout the administration of President Obama. President Trump appointed him as Deputy Attorney General, the chief operating officer for the Department of Justice, where he oversaw programs and agencies with 115,000 employees and a $28 billion budget.
Journalist, Author, Lawyer
Dahlia Lithwick is the senior legal correspondent at Slate and host of Amicus, Slate’s award-winning, biweekly podcast about the law. Lithwick’s new book, Lady Justice: Women, the Law and the Battle to Save America, published by Penguin Press (September 2022), became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Commentary, among other places. Lithwick won a 2013 National Magazine Award for her columns on the Affordable Care Act. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October, 2018.
Tiffany C. Graham
Associate Professor & Dean, Author
Tiffany C. Graham is an Associate Professor of Law and the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Long Island, New York. She joined the law school after serving on the faculty and as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of South Dakota School of Law. Professor Graham primarily teaches in the areas of constitutional law and race and the law, but has also taught criminal procedure, law and sexuality, and torts.
She has written and spoken nationally on topics broadly related to LGBTQ+ equality, including marriage equality, LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, conversion therapy, and the integration of LGBTQ+ communities in rural spaces. Her work has appeared in multiple law journals, has been cited at various stages of appellate litigation, and has most recently been included in the Carolina Academic Press book, Integrating Doctrine and Diversity: Inclusion and Equity in the Law School Classroom.
In addition to her scholarly work, Professor Graham is active in the professional community, where she recently served as the Chair of the South Dakota State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and now serves on the corresponding New York State Advisory Committee. Professor Graham is also a member of the Boards of Directors for both Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York as well as the Family Service League.
A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and the University of Virginia School of Law, she previously served as a federal law clerk on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and did commercial litigation in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver and Hedges, LLP. Professor Graham was named a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in 2014.
Journalist, Author, Lawyer
Adam Liptak covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, he practiced law for 14 years before joining The Times’s news staff in 2002. In 2007, he began writing “Sidebar,” a column on legal affairs. In 2008, he became the paper’s Supreme Court correspondent. Liptak was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting in 2009. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has taught courses on the Supreme Court and the First Amendment at the University of Chicago Law School, New York University School of Law and Yale Law School.