Program Details

The Future of the Supreme Court

Burton Atkins
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Course Description

In the last several years new appointments to the Supreme Court have substantially altered its ideological balance, shifting it further to the right and, according to some commentators, creating the most conservative court since the 1930s. This lecture will evaluate these changes on the Supreme Court, both in terms of their political implications and their potential effects on several important issues concerning the interpretation of constitutional rights and policy.

About the Instructor

  • Burton Atkins, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of political science at Florida State University (FSU). Currently, he teaches political science at FAU. In his 35-year career at FSU, Atkins taught a variety of courses on and wrote extensively about constitutional law and U.S. politics and served as chair of the political science department. He lived in London from 1992 to 1997 while serving as the director of FSU's London Study Center, and from 1997 until his retirement in 2006, he served as director of the FSU International Affairs Program.