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Copyright (c) 1996 New York Law School Law Review
New York Law School Law Review



40 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 855


Nadine Strossen *


The following "Dialogue" consists of ten essays by expert Supreme Court-watchers from a broad range of professional and ideological perspectives. The essays focus on Professor James Simon's important and provocative book about the Rehnquist Court, The Center Holds: The Power Struggle Inside the Rehnquist Court, 1 and on his even more provocative Solomon Lecture. 2 In the Solomon Lecture, Simon defends and extends the book's central thesis that the Rehnquist Court has not sharply limited prior rulings protecting constitutional rights. 3 While the book had assessed the Court's record through its 1993-94 Term, the Solomon Lecture, delivered in October 1995, defends the book's conclusion even in light of the Court's 1994-95 Term, 4 with its series of decisions that curbed constitutional rights in several key areas, 5 notably racial justice. 6

In light of the widely varying perspectives of the Dialogue's contributors, it is not surprising that they differ dramatically in their assessments of Simon's analysis, and also offer widely divergent analyses of their own. The Dialogue's distinguished contributors include: leading Supreme Court journalists who write for publications with, and who themselves espouse, starkly contrasting ideological orientations; the legal directors of two leading advocacy organizations that often appear before the Supreme Court, usually on the opposite sides of the same case - the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which appears before the Supreme Court more frequently than any entity other than the U.S. government, and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), ...
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