Dahlia Lithwick on “Lady Justice” and Supreme Court’s legitimacy

Slate's Dahlia Lithwick on "Lady Justice," about the heroic women lawyers who fought for the rule of law during the Trump era and on the new Supreme Court term.

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(credit Kathryn Hollinrake)

(credit Kathryn Hollinrake)

In her new book, Lady Justice, Slate senior legal correspondent DAHLIA LITHWICK profiles women who fought for the rule of law during the Trump presidency, often doing so without recognition. From family separation and travel bans to reproductive and voting rights, Lithwick shares the work, determination and influence of the women who held the line for democracy, justice and law. We’ll talk with Lithwick about the contributions of these women, including former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates and ACLU’s Brigette Amiri. Lithwick also shares a secret she had kept for years involving a judge who had been accused of sexual harassment and why she told no one.

We’ll also ask her about the continuing fallout from the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the conservative direction of the Supreme Court and concerns about its legitimacy. We’ll also preview the most consequential cases in the Court’s upcoming term which begins Monday, including two cases that could profoundly shape the integrity of our elections.

We recommend

The Atlantic, The Last Truly Great Day for Women in American Law -“Sometimes I think of March 2, 2016, the day of the Supreme Court oral argument in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, as the last truly great day for women and the legal system in America.”

The New York Times, These Women Used the Rule of Law to Challenge Trumpism – “In “Lady Justice, “Dahlia Lithwick celebrates the female lawyers, judges and others who stood up to the administration.”

Slate, John Roberts Can’t Admit What’s Happened to the Supreme Court – “So while it was already a thing to have Justice Clarence Thomas trash-talking his colleagues, his chief, and his court last spring, it’s quite another when the term opens with Roberts and Kagan prepared to litigate on public stages the matter of who is trashing the court’s reputation.”


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