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The Evolving Role of the Supreme Court in the American Polity

Winter 2006

Researching Law, Vol. 17, No. 1

The media blitz surrounding recent Supreme Court nominees highlights the pivotal role that the highest Court is perceived to play in the contemporary environment. Yet throughout its history, the Supreme Court has not only made headlines with contentious decisions, it has also labored at times in relative obscurity. ABF Researchers, Christopher L. Tomlins and Shari Seidman Diamond, have studied the evolving role of the Supreme Court in American politics in depth. This edition of Researching Law contextualizes some of their recent work with current Court issues.