|Linda Greenhouse has reported on the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 years.
Noted legal writer named
journalist-in-residence at Law School
Pulitzer Prize-winning legal writer Linda Greenhouse will return to Yale Law
School in January 2009 as the Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence
and Joseph M. Goldstein Senior Fellow.
In that capacity, she will advise on the framing and development of the new
Yale Law School Law and Media Program (LAMP), teach and participate in various
Law School activities, including the school’s Supreme Court Clinic. She
will also work on her own research about the Supreme Court and constitutional
Greenhouse has covered the U.S. Supreme Court for The New York Times for the
past 30 years, and has received many prizes in journalism, including the Pulitzer
Prize in 1998. Her biography of Justice Harry Blackmun, “Becoming Justice
Blackmun,” was published in 2005 and named a New York Times Book Review
Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh said, “We are thrilled to welcome Linda
Greenhouse back home to Yale Law School, whose spirit of humanity and excellence
she embodies. For three decades, she has been not only the nation’s most
respected legal journalist, but also the world’s teacher on the complex
workings of the United States Supreme Court. She has the rarest gift for distilling
even the most complex court decisions and doctrines into language that all
readers can understand. And her knowledge of the court is matched only
by her passion for accurate reporting and her fervent commitment to promoting
justice through law.”
A native of Hamden, Connecticut, and a graduate of Hamden High School, Greenhouse
majored in American government at Radcliffe College of Harvard University,
where she was an editor of The Harvard Crimson. Immediately after her graduation
in 1968, she joined The New York Times staff as a news clerk to the renowned
columnist James Reston. In her early reporting career at the Times, she covered
state and local government and served as chief of the newspaper’s legislative
bureau in Albany.
In 1977-1978, the Times sponsored her on a Ford Foundation Fellowship at Yale
Law School, where she earned a Master of Studies in Law degree. She then joined
the newspaper’s Washington bureau as a correspondent covering the Supreme
Court, a beat she has held since then, with the exception of two years covering
Congress during the mid-1980s.
Greenhouse’s many honors include the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence
in Journalism from the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public
Policy at Harvard and the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism
from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
She received the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science
Association in 2002 for “major contributions to our understanding of
politics” and the 2005 Henry Allen Moe Prize for writing in the humanities
and jurisprudence from the American Philosophical Society. Along with Anthony
Lewis, she is one of two non-lawyer honorary members of the American Law Institute,
which awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal for contributions to the law.
She received the Yale Law School Association’s Award of Merit in 2007.
Greenhouse is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member
of the American Philosophical Society. During the 2004 and 2005 academic years,
she was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, lecturing at colleges and universities
around the country. She is a former member of the Yale Law School Fund board
and serves on the advisory council of the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger
Library on the History of Women in America.
LAMP at the Yale Law School is supported by an earlier challenge grant from
the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The program seeks to build upon
the Law School’s longstanding focus on the intersection of law, media
and journalism. LAMP is directed toward Yale Law School students who plan to
be journalists, advocates for journalists, policymakers or leaders in the media
industry; working journalists who seek a deeper understanding of law, media
and policy; and scholars who study cutting-edge issues of law and media. The
LAMP co-directors are Professors Jack Balkin and Robert Post. The Law
School also offers the degree of Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.), a
one-year program for journalists seeking an immersion in legal thinking to
better educate themselves and their audiences upon their return to working
in the media.
Other Yale Law graduates who have combined law and the media in their work
include Constitutional Law expert Floyd Abrams (1959) of Cahill Gordon, Emily
Bazelon (2000) of Slate, Steven Brill (1975) of The American Lawyer and Brill’s
Content, former FCC Commissioners Reed Hundt (1974) and William Kennard (1981),
Jeff Greenfield (1967) of CBS News; Adam Liptak (1988) of The New York Times
and Jeffrey Rosen (1991) of The New Republic.
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