After 30 years covering the Supreme Court for The New York Times, Pulitzer Prize-winner Linda Greenhouse will take a new post as a journalist-in-residence and senior fellow at Yale Law School starting next January, the Law School announced Wednesday.
Greenhouse, who accepted a buyout from The Times last month, will return to the law school from which she earned a Master of Studies in Law degree in 1978 to conduct her own research and give lectures and seminars, although it is not yet clear whether she will teach a formal course. She will also be involved with the Law School’s Supreme Court Clinic and will help pioneer its new Law and Media Program.
That program, launched last year after a $2.5 million grant from the Knight Foundation, offers courses related to law and media, writing workshops, speakers, conferences, events and career counseling for law students who are aspiring journalists and professional journalists interested in learning more about media law.
Greenhouse’s appointment is a marquee catch for the program, for which Law School officials said they have big plans. The Law and Media program is part of Dean Harold Hongju Koh’s broader vision of bolstering the school’s relations within the legal profession and across other professions.
“We are thrilled to welcome Linda Greenhouse back home to Yale Law School, whose spirit of humanity and excellence she embodies,” Koh said in a press release. “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.”
Greenhouse, 61, won the Law School Alumni Association’s Award of Merit last year. Having covered the nation’s highest court in 1978, she had been there longer than any of the sitting justices except John Paul Stevens.
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