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Pomona Student Union to Hold Debate on the Supreme Court’s Future

The Pomona Student Union (PSU) at Pomona College will host a debate on “The Future of the U.S. Supreme Court” on Friday, Sept. 16, at noon. During the event, three legal experts will discuss U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Robert's qualifications, legal philosophy and his potential impact on the court for decades.

Panel members are:

  • David B. Cruz is a professor at USC's Gould School of Law, with expertise in the area of sex, gender and the law. He has served as a law clerk to Judge Edward R. Becker, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as a Bristow Fellow at the Office of the Solicitor General, and managing editor of the New York University Law Review.
  • John C. Eastman is a professor at Chapman University School of Law, specializing in constitutional law and legal history. He is also the director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm. Eastman is a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to Judge J. Michael Luttig, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Neil Richards, an associate professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, writes in the areas of privacy law, First Amendment and legal history. Richards clerked for the late Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

The panel discussion is the first event of the year for the Pomona Student Union, a non-partisan student organization dedicated to "raising the level of honest and open dialogue on campus. By helping students become more knowledgeable and better informed on the political and social issues that confront our society, PSU aims to create informed citizens.

The debate is open to the public and will be held in the Frank Dining Hall's Blue Room (260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). There is no charge to attend.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.