9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Discussion
Following New-York Historical’s Friday-night screening of Frank Capra’s classic political drama Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, two experts in constitutional law and legal history explore the rich and fascinating questions about the relationship between law and justice raised in the film. Are law and justice one and the same? Are there right reasons and wrong reasons for Congress to enact a law—and do the reasons matter for the statute’s legitimacy? What is the role of public opinion? What, if anything, should constrain the press? Finally, the film raises the question of whether this tale of a naive amateur who takes on corrupt professionals can still speak to our cynical age.
Robert Post is Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School and author or editor of numerous books. Linda Greenhouse teaches at Yale Law School and writes a biweekly column on law for The New York Times online. She had previously been the Times’s Supreme Court correspondent from 1978 until 2008.
The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
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