MEDIA ADVISORY: U.Va. Law Professors Available to Talk About U.S. Supreme Court After Souter Retirement

May 1, 2009 — The following University of Virginia law professors are available to talk about how the Supreme Court could change in the wake of the retirement of Justice David Souter:

• Risa Goluboff
Professor of Law
Professor of History
Caddell & Chapman Research Professor

Risa Goluboff teaches constitutional law, civil rights litigation and legal history. Her scholarship focuses on the history of civil rights, labor and constitutional law in the 20th century. She clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

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A.E. Dick Howard
White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs
Earle K. Shawe Research Professor

An expert in the fields of constitutional law, comparative constitutionalism and the Supreme Court, A.E. Dick Howard was a law clerk to Justice Hugo L. Black and has studied the court's move to the right. Howard was executive director of the commission that wrote Virginia's current constitution and has been counsel to the General Assembly of Virginia. He has been a consultant to state and federal bodies, including the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. From 1982 to 1986 he served as counselor to the governor of Virginia, and he chaired Virginia's Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution.

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  • "Kennedy Rules; Supreme Court Strikes Down Handgun Ban" (Bloomberg, 06/27/2008)   
  • "U.S. Supreme Court: Next President Could Shift the Law on Abortion, Affirmative Action" (Lawyers USA, 12/03/2007)
  • "U.S. Supreme Court's Swing to Right" (BBC News, 10/01/2007)

• G. Edward White
David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law

G. Edward White, an expert in Supreme Court history and constitutional law, clerked for Chief Justice Earl Warren. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and a member of the American Law Institute. He has written books on Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and Chief Justice Warren and numerous articles on the Supreme Court.

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  • "High Court Becomes More Media Friendly" (Associated Press, 12/25/2006)
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  • "Supreme Court/You Say You Want a Revolution" (National Journal, 07/29/2005)