[PAST EVENT] Sacrificing Legitimacy in a Hierarchical Judiciary

February 1, 2021
12:45pm - 2pm
Law School, Zoom
613 S Henry St
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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Come join the Institute of Bill of Rights Law: Student Division in a discussion with Professor Tara Grove, Professor Benjamin Kassow, and Professor Neal Devins on Sacrificing Legitimacy in a Hierarchical Judiciary. This event is co-sponsored by the W&M American Constitution Society and W&M Federalist Society. The discussion is inspired by Professor Tara Grove's newest article that can be found here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3554027

Tara Leigh Grove

Tara Leigh Grove is Charles E. Tweedy, Jr. Endowed Chairholder in Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. Prior to joining University of Alabama, Professor Grove was a beloved law professor at William & Mary Law School.

Professor Grove graduated summa cum laude from Duke University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as the Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review. Grove clerked for Judge Emilio Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and then spent four years as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Appellate Staff, where she argued fifteen cases in the courts of appeals. Grove has served as a visiting professor at both Harvard Law School and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.  

Grove's research focuses on the federal judiciary and the constitutional separation of powers. She has published with such prestigious law journals as the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, New York University Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Cornell Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review. Grove has received awards for both her research and her teaching, including the Walter L. Williams, Jr., Memorial Teaching Award in 2018 and the Paul M. Bator Award in 2016. In 2014, Grove participated in a TEDx Event, where she gave a talk entitled The Executive's Duty to Enforce the Law. Grove’s articles are cited and discussed in leading Federal Courts casebooks, and she has served as the Chair of the Federal Courts Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Benjamin Kassow

Benjamin Kassow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Dakota. Professor Kassow received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Temple University and his PhD in Political Science with a major in Public Law and minor in Research Methodology from the University of South Carolina. 

Professor Kassow's research emphases cover topics within American politics, quantitative research methods, and comparative politics, with a particular focus on judicial politics and legal processes involved in judiciaries. His research focuses on why judges discuss specific precedents (and types of usage of precedent) within court opinions, as well as focusing on how federal circuit court and state high court judges implement U.S. Supreme Court opinions over time. Professor Kassow has also worked on questions of how economic decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court impact economic inequality in the United States. Professor Kassow has published in journals such as American Politics Research, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Law Economics and Organization, Justice System Journal, and the Journal of Law and Courts, and also has a book published by Cambridge University Press.