Live Q & A with author Barry Friedman
on May 18, 2010 at 1:59 pm
Starting in just a minute, at 2 p.m. Eastern, I will be moderating a live chat with Supreme Court author and New York University law professor Barry Friedman. Â We aim to chat for the next forty-five minutes to an hour.
You can submit questions at the bottom of the chat window below. Â We will try to get to as many questions as possible; after you type your question, please allow a few minutes of delay before it appears on the blog.
The thesis of Barry’s 2009 bookÂ The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution is that the Courtâ€™s decisions onÂ salient issues have tended toÂ come into line over time with popular preferences. Â A major implication he draws is that the Court is not the undemocratic institution it is often argued to be. Â For more background on the book, see Kevin Russellâ€™s two-partÂ interview with him last month on SCOTUSblog.
UPDATE, 4 p.m.: The transcript of the live chat follows the jump.