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Linda Greenhouse, ‘Justice on the Brink’

Linda Greenhouse.APPC hosted a conversation with Claire Finkelstein, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, and Linda Greenhouse, senior research scholar at Yale Law School, contributor to the New York Times, and author of Justice on the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett and Twelve Months That Transformed the Supreme Court.

As the New York Times journalist covering the Supreme Court for 30 years, Greenhouse stated that her goal in Justice on the Brink was “not analyzing Ginsburg’s choice to retain her seat but chronicling the life of the Supreme Court from July 2020 through June 2021.” Finkelstein, Jamieson, and Greenhouse will discuss the court’s jurisprudence during that year and the challenges facing the court as it entered a consequential new term.

Linda Greenhouse is a senior research scholar in law at Yale Law School. She covered the Supreme Court for the New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and now regularly contributes op-eds to the paper on the subject of the Supreme Court. Ms. Greenhouse received several major journalism awards during her career at the Times, including the Pulitzer Prize (1998). In 2002, the American Political Science Association gave her its Carey McWilliams Award for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” Her books include a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Becoming Justice BlackmunBefore Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel); The U.S. Supreme Court, A Very Short Introduction, published by Oxford University Press in 2012; The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right, with Michael J. Graetz (2016), and Just a Journalist: Reflections on the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between, published by Harvard University Press in 2017. Her new book, published in November 2021, is Justice on the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months that Transformed the Supreme Court. In her extracurricular life, Ms. Greenhouse is president of the American Philosophical Society, the country’s oldest learned society, which in 2005 awarded her its Henry Allen Moe Prize for writing in jurisprudence and the humanities. She also serves on the council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is an honorary member of the American Law Institute, which in 2002 awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal.  She has been awarded 13 honorary degrees. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College (Harvard) and earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, which she attended on a Ford Foundation fellowship.