Attorney and New York Times reporter Adam Liptak is scheduled to speak at Vanderbilt Law School Monday. He will discuss recent changes in the Supreme Court and its upcoming docket.
The program — scheduled for 4 p.m. in Flynn Auditorium — is meant to commemorate Constitution Day and the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.
Liptak’s talk, titled “The Roberts Court in the Obama Era,” will examine the recent changes in the court’s personnel and recent trends.
Liptak is a journalist and lawyer who has worked for The New York Times for much of his career. Since joining The Times’ news staff in 2002, Liptak has covered the recent Supreme Court nominations; the investigation into the disclosure of the identity of Valerie Wilson, an undercover C.I.A. operative; and one of the Washington-area snipers trials.
Liptak launched the “Sidebar” column in 2007, which covers legal issues and discusses the stories behind big court cases.
Liptak joined The New York Times as a copyboy in 1984 after graduating from Yale University, where he was an editor of the Yale Daily News Magazine. He earned his law degree at Yale in 1988. During law school, he worked as a summer clerk in The New York Times Company’s legal department. After graduating, he spent four years at a New York City law firm as a litigation associate specializing in First Amendment matters.
He has served as the chairman of the New York City Bar Association’s communications and media law committee, was a member of the board of the Media Law Resource Center, and has taught media law at the Columbia University School of Journalism.
Liptak will also speak at a second event on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at noon at Bass Berry Sims in downtown Nashville.