Jefferson Center to host virtual talk on Constitution, Supreme Court

Dr. William Lasser
January 6, 2023

Court’s authority as arbiter of rights up for discussion, including Roe v. Wade decision

Ashland’s Jefferson Center will host a virtual discussion on the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Constitution from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, organizers have announced.

The event is free and open to anyone, but registration is required. Register online at to attend.

The virtual talk, led by Clemson University’s Dr. William Lasser, will focus on the Supreme Court’s legitimacy and authority as an interpreter and arbiter of rights, according to the release. Dr. Lasser, an alumni distinguished professor of political science, will also focus on recent events — such as the overturning of Roe v. Wade — and how they compare to past Supreme Court decisions, including previous efforts to block the New Deal. 

“A scholar of the Supreme Court and its history for over 40 years, Lasser notes that the Supreme Court today faces arguably its most serious political crisis since the New Deal,” the release says. “The three justices appointed by President Donald Trump — all marked by intense political controversy — have transformed the Court, creating a workable conservative majority that has already overturned Roe v. Wade, loosened restrictions on guns, and sharply restricted the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority.”

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