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POTUS v. SCOTUS: A Look Back at Nixon and the Supreme Court

Richard Nixon won the 1968 election with a promise to appoint “law and order” justices to the Supreme Court.  He named four members of the tribunal, including the chief justice. Ironically, the high court forced his 1974 resignation with its decision in US v. Nixon, the Watergate tapes case. This presentation will explore the political and judicial issues that led to this ultimate constitutional check on presidential abuse of power.
Henry J. Abraham is the James Hart Professor of Politics, emeritus, at UVa, specializing in constitutional law, judicial politics, civil rights and liberties, and the nature of the judicial process. He was the winner of UVA’s Thomas Jefferson Award in 1983 and of the first Lifetime Achievement Award of the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association in 1993. He has written numerous books and articles and lectured widely abroad on US State Department assignments between 1964 and 1991. His PhD is from the University of Pennsylvania, and he holds five honorary degrees.
Barbara A. Perry is the White Burkett Miller Professor of Ethics and Institutions at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, where she is Director of Presidential Studies and Co-Chair of the Presidential Oral History Program.  She is also the Project Director of the Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project. The author of more than 35 articles/book chapters, Professor Perry has lectured throughout the United States and is a frequent media commentator on public affairs. She has been invited to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs and lectures for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, for whom she taught a 2015 on-line graduate course on the Kennedy presidency.  From 2010-14 she served as an adjunct faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, providing seminars to senior federal executives on the Kennedy presidency, the U.S. Supreme Court, and leadership.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
L14 Henry Abraham Feb 23 Fr 1:30-3:00 pm Westminster Canterbury A

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