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Joint Marshall – Gould School Event Examines President Obama's first 100 days in Office
April 20, 2009 • by News at Marshall

President Barack Obama's first 100 days in office will no doubt be debated, scrutinized and closely examined.

Several key questions will be asked - What has Obama done to improve the economy? Has his leadership style been effective? Have his picks for judges, especially on the U.S. Circuit Court, been accepted across the aisle?

All of these questions – and more – will be discussed at a special lunchtime program, "Grading Obama's First 100 Days in Office," sponsored by the Marshall School of Business and Gould School of Law. The event will be held Tuesday, April 21 from 12:15 to 1:10 in the Law School's Room 7.

Three top law, business and political professors will be on hand to discuss the first few months of Obama’s tenure, including Kareem Crayton, a law and politics expert; Rebecca Brown, a constitutional law scholar, and John Matsusaka, who covers the economy and California politics.

"There will certainly be a lively discussion about what Barack Obama has done so far," said Crayton. "He has many supporters, but also many critics who will be picking apart his first 100 days."

Many believe the key to Obama's success or failure is the economy, or more specifically aiding economic recovery.

"We'll look what the administration has been able to put in place, and what it hasn't in the context of the current economic and political situation," Matsusaka said.

Although changes on the U.S. Supreme Court are much anticipated, there are a variety of other court appointments Obama will be making, most notably in the U.S. circuit courts. "His selections to the intermediate court will give us a good sense of the judicial philosophy that he values, and may even offer a glimpse of the kind of person he may eventually nominate to the Supreme Court if he should have the opportunity," said Brown.

For more information on the event, please contact Gilien Silsby of at USC Law 213-740-9690 or Evy Jacobson of the Marshall School at 213-740-5552 or

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