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First Among Equals featuring author Kenneth W. Starr

Recorded on February 13, 2003

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 scholars."
- Publishers Weekly