Tucson Festival of Books

Stephen Vladeck


Leslie Nixon and Barry Kirschner

Stephen Vladeck holds the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts at the University of Texas School of Law, and is a nationally recognized expert on the federal courts, constitutional law, national security law and military justice. Vladeck is author of The New York Times best-selling book, “The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic.” He has argued over a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court and various lower federal civilian and military courts; has testified before numerous congressional committees, Executive Branch agencies and the Texas legislature; has served as an expert witness both in U.S. state and federal courts and in foreign tribunals; and has received numerous awards for his influential and widely cited legal scholarship, his prolific popular writing, his teaching and his service to the legal profession. Vladeck is the co-host, together with Professor Bobby Chesney, of the popular and award-winning “National Security Law" podcast. He is CNN’s Supreme Court analyst and a co-author of Aspen Publishers’ leading national security law and counterterrorism law casebooks. And he is editor and author of "One First," a popular weekly newsletter about the Supreme Court. A native New Yorker and hopeless Mets fan, Vladeck lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Karen (a Managing Director at Whistler Partners), their daughters Madeleine and Sydney and their 10-year-old pug, Roxanna.

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Scheduled events:
Democratic Norms Under Pressure
Many of American democracy's cornerstones are under assault. Influential forces including Christian nationalists, politicians and the Supreme Court are bending and sometimes modifying established norms and rules. Facts and precedent are being ignored. Values are under pressure to change. How successful are these groups and how far will they go? These experts weigh in.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Steven Levitsky, Miles Taylor, Stephen Vladeck
Moderator: Judy Brown
Out of View Political Control
The political machinations we witness daily are only the proverbial tip of the iceberg of what goes on behind the scenes. From pulpits to college campuses to clandestine decisions handed down from the Supreme Court, many influences shape our daily lives. Tina Nguyen and Tim Alberta share their very different personal experiences, while Stephen Vladeck dives deep into the Supreme Court.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tim Alberta, Tina Nguyen, Stephen Vladeck
Moderator: Thomas Louchheim

Book:
The Shadow Docket
How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Basic Books
January 2023
ISBN 9781541602632
352 pages