Prof. Martin Shapiro (UC-Berkeley Law School) on the Intersection of Law and Politics

Mar 14, 2012

Today we're speaking about the intersection of law and politics at the highest levels of American society --- which is to say, we're discussing the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court, both then and now --- and our guest is a highly regarded expert in this regard, Professor Martin Shapiro of the UC-Berkeley School of Law. Prof. Shapiro gave two free-to-the-public lectures here at TU last week, when he spoke as a part of the TU College of Law's 2012 Lectureship in Politics and Law. His two talks were entitled "Rule of Law, Due Process, and High Resource Suspects" and "Judicial Independence --- How Much Do You Really Want?" On our show today, he chats about, among other topics, the relationship between the First Amendment and individuals' rights in this country, what it is (from a practical as well as a philosophical perspective) that judges actually do, and why some people maintain that our Supreme Court justices ought to be term-limited. (You can learn more about Prof. Shapiro's recent appearance at TU, and about his various books and areas of expertise, here.) Also on our show today, we welcome a new commentator, Dr. John Henning Schumann, who will address health and medical issues on StudioTulsa from time to time. Dr. Schumann's first commentary is about what being "the new guy" is really like in the land of doctoring --- and about an especially yucky form of on-the-job training.