Linda Greenhouse


Linda Greenhouse is Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. a position she assumed in January 2009 following a 40-year career at the New York Times. From 1978 until 2008, she was the newspaper’s Supreme Court correspondent and currently writes a biweekly op-ed column on law for the Times as a contributing writer. At Yale, she teaches courses related to the work of the Supreme Court and is a fellow of the Law School’s Information Society Project.

Ms. Greenhouse received several major journalism awards while covering the Supreme Court, including the Pulitzer Prize (1998) and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School (2004). In 2002, the American Political Science Association gave her its Carey McWilliams Award for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” In 2008, she received the annual award for constitutional commentary from the non-partisan Constitution Project.

Her books include a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Becoming Justice Blackmun (2005), Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel, 2010, second ed. 2012), and The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (2012). A new book, The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right (with Michael J. Graetz), was published last June.

Ms. Greenhouse recently completed a six-year term as a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers. In 2002, along with the late Anthony Lewis, she was inducted as one of the only two non-lawyer honorary members of the American Law Institute, which awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal. She serves on the council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the executive committee of the Phi Beta Kappa national Senate, and is president-elect of the American Philosophical Society, the country’s oldest learned society, which in 2005 awarded her its Henry Allen Moe Prize for writing in the humanities and jurisprudence.

She is a graduate of Radcliffe College (Harvard) and earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, which she attended on a Ford Foundation fellowship.

Max Abelson 

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Max Abelson is a Wall Street reporter for Bloomberg News, where his stories on financial and political power often appear in Businessweek. He’s written about Trump Tower and Trump Vodka, secret trading squads, sinking hedge fund stars, an undocumented immigrant thriving at Goldman Sachs, swimming pools shaped like violins, and the comedians Tim and Eric. After graduating in 2006 from Yale, where he was a Yale Daily News arts editor, he was a staff reporter at the New York Observer for five years. His work was included in Columbia University Press’ Best Business Writing anthologies in 2013 and 2015, and he was a finalist for SABEW’s Young Business Journalist Prize. He’s written about over 1,000 vintage music videos on

Mark Oppenheimer 


Mark Oppenheimer JE’96 PhD’03 directs the Yale Journalism Initiative. For 6.5 years he wrote the Beliefs column for the NY Times and he now writes a monthly opinion column for the LA Times. He also writes for the Times Magazine, The Washington Post, GQ, and elsewhere, and his radio work appears on This American Life and on his own podcast, Unorthodox.

James Ford is a reporter for the PIX11 News at 5:00 and 6:00 P.M. James joined WPIX in 2007, serving as the lead live reporter for the PIX11 Morning News, covering breaking news and feature stories.

Prior to his position at WPIX, Ford was a reporter for six years at WNYW Channel 5 in New York, where his reporting on Sept. 11 was the subject of the documentary “Dreams Without Sleep,” which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.

Ford, an Emmy Award-winning reporter, began his television career at WTOC-TV in Savannah, Ga., where he was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. He later moved to WFTV, Channel 9 in Orlando, Fla. He was the station’s Space Coast bureau chief.

In that position, he also field-anchored coverage of 41 space shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center. Ford’s next move was to WRTV Channel 6 in Indianapolis, where he anchored the morning news and was a consumer investigative reporter.

James is proud to have grown up in an Air Force family, having lived in six states and Great Britain. He and his family live in Manhattan.

Ford is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also studied Arabic at the International Language Institute of Cairo.