Tag Archives: Supreme Court

The Long and Short of the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the decision is expected to have wide-reaching consequences for health care across America.

These new programs from UCSF’s Philip R. Lee Institute of Health Policy Studies put the ACA into perspective, from the policy implications in the immediate future to a broader, historical view of health reform in America.

Find out what the experts — not the candidates or partisan pundits — have to say based on years of academic research.

What Now? Health Reform in the Aftermath of the Supreme Court Decision
Experts from UCSF and UC Hastings College of the Law discuss the legal significance of the Supreme Court decision and its practical implications for health care.

Health Care Reform: Are ACAs and Bundled Payments the New New Things? What Happened to the Old New Things?
Stuart Altman, who co-authored “Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care” with David Shactman, details the history of health care reform efforts in the United States during the 1900s – 2000s, putting the current U.S. healthcare system into historical perspective.



Affordable Care Act: SCOTUS Rules, Cal Responds

We’ve heard what the Supreme Court had to say about their 5-4 decision to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”  And if you’ve been paying even the slightest amount of attention, you’ve heard what the partisan pundits think on the various cable news talk shows. But how do scholars in public policy, economics and public health evaluate this hefty decision?

UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy wanted to find out — and share the experience with UCTV viewers–so they gathered together a panel of experts to analyze the impacts of the Supreme Court’s decision and what it means for future health reform, constitutional law, medical care, health insurance, public policy and politics.  It’s a thorough, reasoned assessment — and one you surely won’t find on cable.

Watch “SCOTUS Rules, Cal Responds:  UC Berkeley Experts Assess Decision on the Affordable Care Act” in its entirety, or stay tuned next week when we post shorter highlights from the event as part of our “UCTV Prime: Vote” series.



U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Joins “Legally Speaking”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on "Legally Speaking"

What are the nine unelected justices of the U.S. Supreme Court really good for?

In a new thought-provoking and at-times humorous interview, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer talks with David Faigman, professor at UC Hastings College of Law, about the importance of an engaged public, the balancing power of an unelected governing body, the politics behind court decisions, and more. Take a look at Legally Speaking: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

If you’re interested in the inner-workings of the Supreme Court, there’s more in UC Hastings’ “Legally Speaking” series. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg touched on everything from opera, marriage and work/life balance to doctrinal questions and cases from the 1970s to the present during her 2011 conversation with Professor Joan Williams.

And in 2010, Justice Antonin Scalia sat down for an interview with Professor Calvin Massey to reflect upon his 24 years on the Supreme Court bench.

These treasured conversations are just a small part of UCTV’s “Legally Speaking” series, a collection of probing interviews with prominent lawyers, judges and academics, co-produced by UC Hastings College of Law and California Lawyer. Other popular speakers include moral and legal philosopher Martha Nussbaum, civil rights advocate and law professor Michelle Alexander, and the “Elvis of cyberlaw,” Lawrence Lessig.

And there’s plenty more about Law and Justice from all around the UC system on the UCTV website, so check it out!


Interviewing Justice Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

An eager crowd of 400–mostly students– packed UC Hasting’s largest auditorium last September to attend  a 90-minute interview with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, conducted by UC Hastings College of Law Professor Calvin R. Massey. The special was part of the “Legally Speaking” series presented by UC Hastings and California Lawyer, and it  made big news when Justice Scalia stated during the interview that the U.S. Constitution does not ban discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation. Don’t miss your chance to see this rare, in-depth conversation when it premieres March 23 at 8pm (ET/PT) on UCTV (or watch it online).

We’ve asked Professor Massey to share his experience interviewing Justice Scalia:

Professor Calvin Massey
Calvin R. Massey, UC Hastings Professor of Law who interviewed Justice Scalia for "Legally Speaking"

“Justice Scalia is a delightful person.  He is warm, witty, and completely comfortable with himself.  There is nothing artificial or pretentious about him.  That made interviewing him very pleasant.

Sometimes people who hold important offices forget that the office and their person are separate.  As Harry Truman once said of being President: ‘I tried never to forget who I was, where I came from, and where I was going to return.’  I think Justice Scalia keeps Justice Scalia the Justice separate from Antonin Scalia the person.

The audience was mostly Hastings students and faculty, with some judges, alumni, and friends of Hastings also in attendance.  They were attentive, interested, and appropriately polite.  Everybody wanted to hear what the Justice had to say.  So did I, and my questions were designed to allow him room to talk.  I hope some of that feeling in the room is apparent in the video recording.”

The “Legally Speaking” series continues March 30 at 8pm (ET/PT) with writer and attorney Scott Turow, then April 20 at 9:30pm with constitutional lawyer and Yale University Professor Bruce Ackerman. The series returns in the Fall with a highly anticipated appearance by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


“Citizens United” and the Supreme Court

Professor Geoffrey Stone, University of Chicago Law School

As University of Chicago Law School Professor Geoffrey Stone sees it, the Supreme Court issued its most aggressively activist decision in decades with the Citizens United case, which held unconstitutional the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. What does this tell us about the judicial philosophy of the current conservative majority on the Court and the future of American democracy?

Professor Stone explores these questions in “Citizens United” and the Role of the Supreme Court in a Self-Governing Society, the 2011 DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture presented by Earl Warren College and the Law and Society Program at UC San Diego and the California Western School of Law.