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Past Event

Stephen Vladeck: Behind the Closed Doors of the U.S. Supreme Court

Lawyer, author, professor and Supreme Court expert Stephen Vladeck—author of the new book The Shadow Docket—exposes the Court’s increasing reliance on secretive judicial processes that permit typically public hearings and discussions to occur behind closed doors. Having argued multiple cases before the Supreme Court himself, Vladeck explains how the Court’s expanded use of the “shadow docket” has enabled cryptic late-night rulings that leave the public without explanation for decisions affecting everything from immigration to COVID vaccine mandates.

A University of Texas law professor and CNN’s lead Supreme Court analyst, Vladeck  joins us to talk about the important issues raised in his book as well as the biggest cases facing the Court this term.


Vladeck photo by Brian Birzer/University of Texas School of Law.

May 23, 2023

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Stephen Vladeck

Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts, University of Texas School of Law; Supreme Court Analyst, CNN; Author, The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic

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Amanda Tyler

Shannon C. Turner Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley—Moderator