Tribe to lecture on latest Supreme Court decisions

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At 4 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy, Laurence Tribe will discuss the chaos of law and order in the United States Supreme Court.

Chautauqua Institution’s 11th annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States brings a prominent legal expert and judiciary insider to offer his opinion on the Supreme Court following its latest terms each year.

And this current term made for many historic decisions.

These rulings, including King v. Burwell, where the Court ruled in favor of nationwide health care subsidies under the Affordable Healthcare Act, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which deemed the banning of same-sex marriage unconstitutional, made for controversial news.

Tribe said he’s proudest of playing an early role in each of those two recent cases.

“Especially in the first of those instances, Obergefell, and in related matters like reproductive rights, I was fighting for the linked values of liberty and equality all the way back in the 1980s and played various roles — some entirely in the background — in each of the decisions along the way,” Tribe said.

In addition to his current positions as a Carl M. Loeb University Professor and professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, he served briefly as the first senior counselor for access to justice, a new position created by President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Tribe said his responsibilities involved working on the overall design of an administration approach to making both civil and criminal justice more accessible for poorer and middle-class American citizens.

His responsibilities involved analyzing the overall design of an administration approach to making both civil and criminal justice more accessible for American citizens with lower income.