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Join constitutional law scholar and former President of Colby College William Cotter for a four-part examination the impact of the three new Supreme Court justices nominated by former President Donald Trump: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.
Over the course of four sessions, Cotter will lead participants through a discussion about how these three justices’ views of the law, as evidenced in 2021’s cases, might change our society in the years to come.
In the first session, Cotter will introduce and explore the judicial backgrounds of the three newest justices — all of whom could easily serve until 2050 or beyond. He will then lead participants in a discussion about the leading cases decided in the 2021 term. Participants can expect to come away with a greater understanding of the many of the underlying issues in these cases, including but not limited to voting restrictions; Obamacare; Fourth Amendment sanctity of the home; LGBTQ+ foster care and freedom of religion; tribal law; compensation for collegiate athletes; student free speech; guard immunity for prisoner abuse; union campaigns on private property; and money damages for Muslims who were wrongly put on the no-fly list after 9/11. There will be some required readings; conversation and respectful debate will be encouraged.
This program will take place on Wednesday, October 6, 13, 20, and Monday, October 25 from 10 am-12 pm ET. Sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing by those who register.
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Bill Cotter served from 1979–2000 as President of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he remains a life trustee …
Bill Cotter served from 1979–2000 as President of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he remains a life trustee. While at Colby he taught a semester course each year on Law and Social Change: the Rights of Women and Minorities as a professor of Constitutional Law. Prior to joining Colby, Mr. Cotter was President of the Africa-America Institute in New York. He has also served as assistant attorney general (“Crown Counsel”) in Northern Nigeria, as an associate with a Wall Street law firm in New York, as Representative of the Ford Foundation for Colombia and Venezuela, as a White House Fellow with President Lyndon Johnson, and as a clerk to a Federal District Judge in New York City.
He retired in November 2005 as President and in December, 2007 as Chairman of the Board of the Oak Foundation, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, an international philanthropic organization focusing on social and environmental issues around the globe. He served as a consultant to the Robertson Foundation in New York, working primarily on their poverty reduction programs in Africa. He has received numerous honors and awards, including five honorary degrees. He teaches winter courses for the Ringling College Osher adult education program in Sarasota Florida and the Longboat Key Education Center on current issues in the Supreme Court. (The latter courses will move in winter 2022 to Temple Beth Israel in Longboat Key.) He gives similar courses in the fall in Concord (at the Village University of the Concord-Carlisle school district) and in Wayland Massachusetts (for LLAIC at Temple Shir Tikva). His published writings concern the need for rigorous evaluation of foundation grants, the history of the abolition of slavery in the United Kingdom, taxation and federalism in Nigeria, U.S., foreign policy relating to Africa, and U.S. higher education. He is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B. 1958, Magna Cum Laude) and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1961, Cum Laude).