“Undermining the Courts and the Media: The Consequences for American Democracy”2018-11-16T12:06:52+00:00

“Undermining the Courts and the Media:
The Consequences for American Democracy”

A Nonpartisan National Symposium for Judges and Journalists

Dec. 13, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | The National Press Club | 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20045
Registration Fee: $60*
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This nonpartisan symposium will bring together major figures in the judiciary and news media to discuss the recent attacks on judicial independence and freedom of the press and potential consequences for American democracy. The event was inspired by, and the discussion will revolve around, the findings and lessons from the 2018 bestseller “How Democracies Die” by Harvard researchers Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt.

Click here to view the agenda.

Current confirmed participants include

Jim Angle
Former Chief National Correspondent
Fox News

Alicia Bannon
Deputy Director for Program Management
Brennan Center for Justice

Martin Baron
Executive Editor
The Washington Post

James Bennet
Editorial Page Editor
The New York Times

Hon. Tani Cantil-Sakauye
Chief Justice of California

Hon. Andre M. Davis (Ret.)
U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Fourth Circuit
Baltimore City Solicitor

Bob Garfield
Co-host, “On the Media”
National Public Radio

Hon. Robin Hudson
Associate Justice
Supreme Court of North Carolina

Marvin Kalb
Former Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, CBS News, NBC News
Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, two-time Peabody Award winner

Hon. Royce Lamberth
Senior Judge
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Matt Murray
Editor in Chief
The Wall Street Journal

Susan Page
Washington Bureau Chief
USA Today

Hon. Barbara Pariente
Associate Justice
Supreme Court of Florida

Hon. James Robart
Senior Judge
United States District Court for the
Western District of Washington

Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (Ret.)
U.S. District Court
for the Southern District of New York

Frank Sesno
Former CNN Washington Bureau Chief and anchor
Current director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University

Nina Totenberg
Legal Affairs Correspondent
National Public Radio

Cecilia Vega
Senior White House Correspondent
ABC News

For credentialed media personnel not participating in lunch, register here.

*Your registration fee of $60 includes

  • Attendance at all talks
  • Catered lunch with NPR’s Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg
  • Continental breakfast
  • Refreshments throughout the day

Agenda

(subject to change)

MORNING: 
7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and registration – $60 subsidized fee includes all sessions, continental breakfast, catered lunch and refreshments throughout the day
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome by National Judicial College President Benes Aldana and Law School Admission Council President and CEO Kellye Testy: “Why Are We Here Today?”
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Keynote by Marvin Kalb, former longtime chief diplomatic correspondent for CBS News and NBC News, Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, two-time Peabody Award winner, and moderator of the public broadcasting series “The Kalb Report.”
9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. “Eyewitnesses to the Downfall of a Democracy” Accounts by eyewitnesses to a downfall of democracy that began with election of a populist demagogue in other parts of the world.
      • 20th century Nazi Europe: Sam Ponczak, refugee from the Warsaw Jewish ghetto
      • Modern-day Turkey: Sukru Say, exiled judge
      • One additional speaker TBD
LUNCH:
11:45 a.m. – President Aldana chats with NPR’s Nina Totenberg about the Supreme Court and its role in preserving and protecting democracy. Introduced by NJC Board of Trustees Chair Sandra Yamate
AFTERNOON:
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Judges Roundtable. Andre Davis, retired judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (now Baltimore city solicitor); Shira Scheindlin, retired judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; Royce Lamberth, senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; James Robart, senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington; Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California; Robin Hudson, justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court; and Barbara Pariente, justice of the Florida Supreme Court, discuss threats to judicial independence.  Moderated by Alicia Bannon of the Brennan Center for Justice.
2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Journalists Roundtable. Martin Baron, editor of The Washington Post; Matt Murray, editor of The Wall Street Journal; James Bennet, editorial page editor of The New York Times; Susan Page, Washington Bureau chief, USA Today; Jim Angle, former chief national correspondent, Fox News; Cecilia Vega, senior White House correspondent, ABC News; and Frank Sesno, former CNN Washington Bureau chief and anchor and current director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University share their perspectives on threats to freedom of the press. Moderated by Bob Garfield, host of NPR’s “On the Media.”
4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Closing remarks. Speaker(s) TBD
4:30 p.m. Program concludes

Co-sponsors

Co-Sponsored by
National Center for State Courts
Law School Admission Council
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Charles Koch Foundation
American Association for Justice Robert L. Habush Endowment
Craig Zimmerman and Ellen Tenenbaum
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Reynolds National Center for Courts & Media

With additional support from
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
American Bar Association Section of Litigation
ABA Standing Committee on the American Judicial System
Troutman Sanders
American Constitution Society
University of Nevada, Reno Judicial Studies Program
University of Nevada, Reno, School of Social Research and Justice Studies
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Civil Justice Program
Brennan Center for Justice
Scholars at Risk

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