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Drake to host New York Times’ U.S. Supreme Court journalist

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Adam Liptak

MEDIA CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent of the New York Times, will lead Drake
University’s Constitution Day celebration Tuesday, Sept. 15, with a lecture on
“The Roberts Court in the Obama Era: A Reporter’s Reflections.”

discussion, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. in room
213 of Cartwright Hall, 2621 Carpenter Ave. The event is part of the 2009
Constitutional Law
 Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by Drake’s
Constitutional Law Center.

event will be held in honor of Constitution Day, which celebrates the original
signing of the document on September 17, 1787. Drake is one of four
universities permanently endowed by Congress to promote study of the

Liptak, who holds a law degree from Yale Law School, first
joined the New York Times Co. as a legal adviser in 1992. An expert in the
First Amendment, he counseled the newspaper on issues related to defamation,
privacy and newsgathering for 10 years before taking a position as national
legal correspondent in 2002.

Succeeding Pulitzer Prize winner Linda Greenhouse, Liptak
most recently has served as Supreme Court correspondent since June 2008. His
column, “Sidebar,” appears in The Times every other Tuesday.

Liptak’s news contributions have included covering the
Supreme Court nominations of  Sonia
Sotomayor, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito
Jr. He also reported on the trial of Washington-area sniper Lee Malvo, as well
as The Times’ investigation into the disclosure of undercover C.I.A. agent
Valerie Plame.

In addition, Liptak serves the Times as an expert on
judicial ethics and aspects of the criminal justice system, notably capital
punishment. He has taught media law at Columbia University School of Journalism
and is a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School.  

Liptak has been recognized for defending and advancing the
cause of a free press and won the New York Press Club’s John Peter Zenger award
in 1999. He received the club’s Crystal Gavel award for his journalism in 2006.
His work also has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and
several law reviews.

For more
information about the lecture, contact Drake Law School at 515-271-2988.