On the Bench: Events

Marquette Law School Poll: Public View of the U.S. Supreme Court, September 22, 2021

  • A discussion with Prof. Charles Franklin, poll director, of the most recent national survey of public opinion about the U.S. Supreme Court covers how views may have shifted since July, in the wake of several important decisions issued in August and early September.

Marquette Law School Poll: Public Views of the U.S. Supreme Court, August 4, 2021

  • A discussion with Prof. Charles Franklin, poll director, of the most recent national survey of public opinion about the U.S. Supreme Court covers approval of and trust in the Court compared to the president and Congress, public awareness of the justices, and favorability towards each. 

On the Issues: Cristina Tilley, February 3, 2021

  • Cristina Tilley, associate professor of law at the University of Iowa, spoke with Marquette Law School's Mike Gousha about her scholarly article titled Supreme Court Journalism: From Law to Spectacle?  

On the Issues: Sarah Isgur and David French, October 29, 2020

  • The Law School's Mike Gousha spoke with Sarah Isgur and David French, of The Dispatch and co-hosts of the podcast Advisory Opinions, for the second conversation featuring different perspectives on the U.S. Supreme Court, the American justice system, and the rule of law. 

On the Issues: Russ Feingold, October 22, 2020

  • In the first of two conversations featuring differing perspectives on the role of the U.S. Supreme Court, the American justice System and the rule of law, Mike Gousha spoke with Russ Feingold, president of the American Constitution Society (ACS) and former U.S. senator from Wisconsin.

U.S. Supreme Court Poll: What Does the Public Think of Recent Decisions?, September 25, 2020

  • The third and final discussion with Prof. Charles Franklin, poll director, based on of the national poll, which surveyed members of the public as to whether they support or oppose a number of recent decisions, and how they view potential future issues that may come before the Court. What factors structure the public’s views of these issues, and which issues are more salient to which groups of citizens?

U.S. Supreme Court Poll: How Is the Court Doing?, September 24, 2020

  • The second of three discussions with Prof. Charles Franklin, poll director, draws on the national poll, which inquires into how the Court stacks up in public confidence, in approval of its work, and in comparison to other institutions. Beyond confidence in the Court, how willing are Americans to restructure the institution and powers of the Court?

U.S. Supreme Court Poll: How Do People View Nominations and the Justices?, September 23, 2020

  • The first of three discussions with Prof. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, about the new national survey, which asks (among many other things) which voters view Supreme Court appointments as important issues and under what circumstances they think that nominees should be confirmed or rejected.

2019 Supreme Court Conference – Public Understanding and Opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court, October 21, 2019

  •  How much do citizens know about the Court? How informed are they about the Constitution? What, if anything, do they think of the justices? With respect to recent decisions of the Court, how much of the public supports or opposes the Court’s rulings? How much is opinion of the Court and its decisions based in partisan or ideological affiliations of voters? Do opinions of the Court influence presidential-vote choices? Does the public see the Court as legitimate? The Marquette Law School Poll Director, Professor Charles Franklin, presents the results of a unique national survey devoted entirely to knowledge and opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • In addition to Prof. Franklin, panelists include the following: 
    • from the academy, Professor Lawrence Baum (political science), The Ohio State University, and author (with Neal Devins) of The Company They Keep: How Partisan Divisions Came to the Supreme Court (Oxford 2019), and Tara Leigh Grove (law), William & Mary, author of The Supreme Court’s Legitimacy Dilemma, 132 Harv. L. Rev. 2240 (2019)
    • from the bench and bar, Judge Diane S. Sykes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Peter D. Keisler, co-leader of Supreme Court and Appellate practice, Sidley Austin, Washington D.C.; and Thomas L. Shriner, Jr., partner in Foley & Lardner and adjunct professor of law at Marquette University, in conversation with the Law School's Prof. Chad Oldfather
    • from the press with deep experience with respect to the Court, Robert Barnes (Washington Post) and Carl Hulse (New York Times and author of Confirmation Bias: Inside Washington’s War over the Supreme Court, From Scalia’s Death to Justice Kavanaugh (Harper & Collins 2019)), in conversation with the Law School's MIke Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy