Lyle Denniston, dean of Supreme Court press corps, to join UB

Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston

The University of Baltimore School of Law is pleased to announce that Lyle Denniston, long-time Supreme Court reporter and “dean” of the Supreme Court press corps, will join the university this fall.

Denniston will lead a course titled Citizenship and Freedom, which was previously taught by Taylor Branch, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian known for his study of the American civil rights movement.

Denniston, 85, recently left SCOTUSblog, to which he contributed regular columns for 12 years. He began covering the high court in 1958 and wrote for The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, American Lawyer, The Washington Star, The Nebraska City News-Press and The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal.

In his farewell column, Denniston called his tenure at SCOTUSblog “a fantastic trip” that began in February 2004, when, he said, “my then-latest attempt at retirement proved – as usual – to be premature.”

The UB appointment comes about thanks to Denniston’s friendship with Professor Garrett Epps, the Supreme Court correspondent for The Atlantic and a former reporter for The Washington Post, and the efforts of Associate Dean Vicki Schultz.

Denniston plans to deliver a series of six lectures in the 2016-17 academic year, three in the fall and three in the spring. The fall series will focus on the Supreme Court and American politics. The first lecture will be held in September to mark Constitution Day.

The lectures will be captured on video with an eye toward creating a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Paul Walsh, UB’s assistant vice president for academic innovation and instructional support, will work with Denniston on that project.

In his final SCOTUSblog post, Denniston said he looked forward to his return to Baltimore: “Since my days with The Baltimore Sun, I have never lost my affection for Charm City, and the University is a dynamic presence in its midst.”

Denniston has also joined the National Constitution Center, where he will be the full-time Supreme Court correspondent for the Constitution Daily blog.

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