Female state-supreme-court chief justices Christine M. Durham (Utah), Margaret H. Marshall (Massachusetts), Ruth V. McGregor (Arizona) and Leah Ward Sears (Georgia) discuss challenges facing women pursuing legal careers.
Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., a Supreme Court case on whether a judge should recuse himself if he's received campaign contributions from a litigant, is discussed by the attorneys. Also: oral arguments in Nurre v. Whitehead, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case about students' free-speech rights, are heard.
The 40th anniversary of Tinker v. Des Moines, a landmark Supreme Court case regarding the rights of students to free speech (as long as it doesn't disrupt the educational process), is marked. Included: an interview with Mary Beth Tinker, who prompted the case when, as a 13-year-old student at a Des Moines high school in December 1965, she and two classmates wore black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War.
Oral arguments in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, a 2008 Supreme Court case about requiring voters to present photo identification, are featured. In April 2008, the Court found the law constitutional in a 6-3 ruling.
Washington Post federal-courts reporter Del Wilber explains the case involving 17 Chinese Uighur Muslims held at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. Also: attorneys for the detainees take part in a Congressional briefing.
Linda Greenhouse, who covered the Supreme Court for 30 years for the New York Times, reflects on her career in a conversation with former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The First Amendment Center's Ronald K.L. Collins moderates.