Margaret Chase Smith Library 34th Annual Maine Town Meeting

the steps of the supreme court

Jim Melcher is a professor of Political Science at the University of Maine at Farmington. Every September for Constitution Day at UMF, he reviews Supreme Court cases from the previous term. Because he spoke at the Library in May this year, he was able to cover four cases from the previous term and three from the current one. Here’s the list:

                             Shurtleff v. Boston 

                             Carson v. Makin 

                             Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health 

                             New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen 

                             National Pork Producers v. Ross

                             Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard/UNC  

                             303 Creative v. Elenis.


Dmitry Bam is the Vice Dean at the University of Maine School of Law. I am grateful to Paula for directing me to Leigh Saufley, who put me in touch with Dean Bam. He was deliberately provocative in his remarks, in an academic sort of way, in order to get the audience thinking about whether Supreme Court justices should be bound by a code of ethics and made more subject to the consent of the governed by reforms such as term limits and popular election. There was a glitch with the video recording on this talk, so you will only be able to listen to the audio.