The Supreme Court stands as the most intriguing branch of the
American government. Consisting of only nine members who are
appointed by the president to serve life-long terms, the Supreme
Court hands down decisions that affect the United States for years
to come. It holds the power to overturn decisions by both the
President and Congress and also exercises the responsibility of
deciding what laws are in conformity with the Constitution of the
United States. Kenneth W. Starr uses his own firsthand experiences
with the Court as former U.S. solicitor general, circuit judge, and
onetime clerk to Chief Justice Warren Burger to show how the
members of the contemporary Court, regardless of their diverse
personalities and distinct judicial philosophies, strongly defend
the Court's constitutional role as first among equals within the
balanced tripartite structure of the government.
Kenneth W. Starr, has served as solicitor general of the United
States, United States circuit court judge, Supreme Court clerk for
Warren Burger, independent counsel, and has argued 25 cases before
the Supreme Court. He is currently a partner at Kirkland &
Ellis, in its Washington, DC office. He is also an adjunct
professor at NYU and a distinguished visiting professor at George
Mason University Law School.
"Written in a clear, non-technical style accessible to a
wide readership, not just court watchers and constitutional
- Publishers Weekly
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus
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