April 20, 2024

Jan Crawford & Kimberley Strassel

On the Docket

Join a conversation between two notable legal affairs journalists about this year’s most highly anticipated Supreme Court cases and their potential consequences.

On the Docket

April 20, 2024

The Supreme Court is emerging as one of the most dynamic and consequential institutions of our time. With a pivotal year ahead, journalists Jan Crawford and Kimberley Strassel will come together for a lively and nuanced conversation about the changing nature of the court and the potential impact of the most highly anticipated cases on the court’s 2024 docket. Crawford has covered the Supreme Court for more than 10 years and has had extensive interviews with nine of its justices. Strassel is an author and opinion columnist for The Wall Street Journal. This discussion between two women with divergent views will be a testament to the power of civil discourse and the value of engaging with different perspectives.

Format: Conversation with Audience Q&A

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“This is a supreme court that is saying, ‘we’re being asked to decide these cases and we’re going do it, even if it means our decisions are unpopular.’ ”

– Jan Crawford

About Jan Crawford

An award-winning legal journalist, Jan Crawford has covered the Supreme Court for more than 10 years and has had extensive interviews with nine of its justices. She is also the New York Times best-selling author of “Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court.” A penetrating and unvarnished look at the making of the current US Supreme Court, the book is a news-breaking account of the coordinated campaign to move the Court in a more conservative direction. With high-level sources inside the White House, in the Justice Department, and on Capitol Hill, Crawford gained unique access to the leading players in the confirmation battles.

Crawford previously served as an ABC News legal correspondent, the Supreme Court analyst for PBS’s “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and CBS’s “Face the Nation,” and was the chief legal affairs writer for the Chicago Tribune. On “NewsHour,” she provided live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito. Her exclusive reports and inside accounts of those nominations received wide acclaim.

While at the Tribune, she twice won the paper’s highest reporting award. First in 1996 for her 13-part series on the American South a generation after the civil rights movement, and again in 2001, as part of a team of reporters who covered the 2000 presidential election and the subsequent legal battles over the White House.

A member of the New York Bar, Crawford is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. She has taught journalism at American University and frequently speaks about the court to universities, law schools, legal organizations, and civic groups across the country.

“[There is] an ongoing campaign by the left to besmirch and smear Justice Thomas because they are angry over the shift of the Court, and they will do anything to try to get back power.”

– Kimberley Strassel

About Kimberley Strassel

Opinion columnist and author Kimberley Strassel delves into national affairs, top daily headlines, and the fundamental importance of civil liberties — specifically those guaranteed by the First Amendment — to healthy democracies.

As a member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board and author of the publication’s weekly “Potomac Watch” column, Strassel has established herself as a preeminent political commentator whose informed views make her a sought-after contributor to Sunday political shows, including CBS’s “Face the Nation,” “Fox News Sunday,” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Strassel began her career at the Journal in 1994 when she joined the news department in Brussels, later transferring to the London office. She moved to New York in 1999 and soon thereafter joined the Journal’s editorial page, working as a features editor and later as an editorial writer. She assumed her current position in 2005.

Strassel blends original reporting with historical context to spur thought-provoking conversations about current events and the impact of political and social actions on civil liberties. She is the author of three books, including “Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump Haters are Breaking America” and “The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech.” In the latter, Strassel outlines the tactics and strategies used to limit free speech and offers solutions for combating this encroachment on First Amendment rights.

An Oregon native, Strassel earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy and international affairs from Princeton University. She lives in Alaska with her three children.

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