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August 30, 2005

Press Contacts:
Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330 , or Allegra Young, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330.
Event Contact: Professor Roy M. Mersky, Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law and Director of Research at The Jamail Center for Legal Research Tarlton Law Library, 512-471-7735.

NY Times Supreme Court Reporter to Discuss Book on Justice Blackmun, Sept. 7

Linda Greenhouse Linda Greenhouse

WHAT: Public lecture, book signing by The New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse
WHEN: Wed.,Sept. 7, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Eidman Courtroom (2.306) in the Connally Center, UT School of Law
(Directions and maps: http://www.utexas.edu/law/about/maps/).
WHO: The public and university community are invited. Courtroom seating is limited to 120 people. Additional people can view the talk on closed-circuit TV in Room 3.306 on the third floor of the Connally Center.

Streaming Video of the Linda Greenhouse's Lecture Now Available in Windows Media Format:
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AUSTIN, Texas—Linda Greenhouse, a Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times reporter and author of a new book on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, will speak at The University of Texas School of Law on Wed., Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. The event, a Law School Supreme Court colloquium, is free and open to the public.

Greenhouse will speak about her new book, Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey , which was published in May and is largely based upon her research of the Blackmun papers in the Library of Congress. Justice Blackmun (1908-1999) served on the Supreme Court from 1970 to 1994. His personal papers were only made available to the public in the last year by the Library of Congress, five years after his death. Greenhouse was one of only two reporters allowed early access to the papers to write exclusive articles. Greenhouse will also discuss jurisprudential growth on the Court and the nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge John Roberts Jr. to the Court.

Greenhouse has covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times since 1978 and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for her coverage of the Court. She appears regularly on the PBS program “Washington Week” and lectures frequently on the Supreme Court at colleges and law schools.

In her book, Greenhouse examines Blackmun’s transformation from the presumed ideological soul mate of Chief Justice Warren Burger to the most liberal member of the Court. Greenhouse explores Blackmun’s years on the Court, showing how he never lost sight of the human beings behind the legal cases and how he was not afraid to question his own views on such controversial issues as abortion, the death penalty, and sex discrimination. Blackmun wrote numerous landmark decisions, none more famous than Roe v. Wade, which both plagued and defined his career, as he was the decision’s most identifiable figure, Greenhouse writes.

Greenhouse also tells the story of Blackmun’s friendship with Burger, which eventually ended because of political differences that became personal. At Burger’s death, Blackmun wrote, “I do not know what he expected, but surely he could not have anticipated that I would be an ideological clone. He knew me better than that. But when disagreement came, his disappointment was evident and not concealed.”

UT Law professor Lynn Blais, who clerked for Justice Blackmun in October Term 1990, will introduce Greenhouse at the colloquium in the Law School's Eidman Courtroom. Following the presentation, there will be a book sale and book signing in the Eidman foyer and Jamail Pavilion. The event is jointly sponsored by the UT School of Law Faculty Colloquia, The American Constitution Society, and the UT Tarlton Law Library.

For directions and parking at UT Law go to: http://www.utexas.edu/law/about/parking.html. Paid parking is available in the San Jacinto Garage (PG 1) between 24th and Dean Keeton Streets: http://www.utexas.edu/parking/parking/garages/pg1.html. For a map of Level 2/Main Floor including the Eidman Courtroom, go to: http://www.utexas.edu/law/about/maps/index.php?level=2