USC Law professors in high demand to help break down Supreme Court decisions

During this historic week of high profile decisions coming down from the Supreme Court, USC Law professors Derek Black and Marcia Zug were in high demand, and could be seen, heard and read in local, statewide, and national print and electronic media outlets.

Professor Black in particular was called upon to discuss the cases involving the Voting Rights Act, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which deals with the consideration of race in higher education admissions.

Professor Zug continued to be a national expert on the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl case, which centers on the custody battle for a little girl who has become known in the press as Baby Veronica. The case has been complicated by the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

Here’s a round-up of the coverage for their numerous appearances:


Radio Lab:
Just weeks before the Supreme Court’s decision was announced, the public radio program Radio Lab interviewed Professor Zug for an in-depth report on the history of ICWA and its implications in the Baby Veronica case.

She was also part of The Economist story, Thicker than Water, published on June 12.

NPR’s Morning Edition:
After the Supreme Court’s decision, Professor Zug again weighed in on the case during this interview that aired during NPR’s Morning Edition on Wednesday, June 26.

Additionally, Professor Zug wrote opinon pieces for the Daily Beast (Close Call for Native American Rights in Ruling on Baby Girl) and Slate Magazine (The Court Got Baby Veronica Wrong).


During the first of three consecutive days of interviews on WVOC, Professor Derek Black discussed the implication of the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin decision. Listen to the interview.

He was also interviewed by The Epoch Times (Affirmative Action Survives).

SHELBY COUNTY v. HOLDER – Tuesday, June 25

The decision in Shelby County v. Holder struck down key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and with his expertise in Education Law, Professor Black was once again at the forefront, including another interview on WVOC.

That evening Professor Black could be seen on multiple television news broadcasts, including WSPA (High Court Voids Key Part Of Voting Rights Act).  He was also interviewed by The State Newspaper (SC voting laws no longer require federal approval).

UNITED STATES v. WINDSOR – Wednesday, June 26

In arguably the most highly anticipated case to be decided, the Supreme Court found the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor, prompting another round of interviews for Professor Black.

UPDATE: In their Sunday, June 30 story, the Post and Courier examined many of the Supreme Court’s decisions, asking Professor Black to once again weigh in (Supreme Court in action: Doing what the Constitution intended).

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