Landmark Cases: Historic Supreme Court Decisions

Landmark Cases: Historic Supreme Court Decisions is a series first aired by C-SPAN in the fall of 2015 about 12 key cases argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. A second season aired in the winter and spring of 2018, in which 12 additional cases were discussed.[1] Each episode is 90 minutes long, airs live, and examines a specific case in detail. The series is hosted by Susan Swain, and episodes typically feature two legal scholars discussing the case, video footage from locations pertinent to the case, and questions and comments from viewers. C-SPAN produced the series in conjunction with the National Constitution Center.[2]

Landmark Cases
Presented bySusan Swain
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24
Executive producersMark Farkas
Ben O'Connell
Running time90 minutes
Original networkC-SPAN
First shown inOctober 5, 2015 – December 21, 2015;
February 26, 2018 - May 14, 2018
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Supreme Court journalist Tony Mauro wrote companion books for each season, which were published by C-SPAN and CQ Press. They drew on Mauro's earlier book Illustrated Great Decisions of the Supreme Court.[3][4]

Table of episodesEdit

First air date
(with link to video)
Case Year of
Featured guests
First season (October 5, 2015 - December 21, 2015)
October 5, 2015 Marbury v. Madison 1803 Akhil Reed Amar
Clifford Sloan
October 12, 2015 Scott v. Sandford 1857 Christopher Bracey
Martha Jones
October 19, 2015 The Slaughterhouse Cases 1873 Paul Clement
Michael Ross
October 26, 2015 Lochner v. New York 1905 Randy Barnett
Paul Kens
November 2, 2015 Schenck v. United States 1919 Beverly Gage
Thomas Goldstein
November 9, 2015 Korematsu v. United States 1944 Peter Irons
Karen Korematsu
November 16, 2015 Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer 1952 Michael Gerhardt
William G. Howell
November 23, 2015 Brown v. Board of Education 1954 Jeffrey Rosen*
Tomiko Brown-Nagin
November 30, 2015 Mapp v. Ohio 1962 Carolyn Long
Renee Hutchins
December 7, 2015 Baker v. Carr 1962 Theodore Olson
J. Douglas Smith
December 14, 2015 Miranda v. Arizona 1966 Jeffrey Rosen
Paul Cassel
December 21, 2015 Roe v. Wade 1973 Clarke Forsythe
Melissa Murray
Second season (February 26, 2018 - May 14, 2018)
February 26, 2018 McCulloch v. Maryland 1819 Mark Killenbeck
Farah Peterson
March 5, 2018 The Civil Rights Cases 1883 Danielle Holley-Walker
Peter Kirsanow
March 12, 2018 Yick Wo v. Hopkins 1886 Josh Blackman
Mae Ngai
March 19, 2018 Plessy v. Ferguson 1896 Michael Klarman
Ted Shaw
March 26, 2018 Gideon v. Wainwright 1963 Akhil Reed Amar
Paul Clement
April 2, 2018 Griswold v. Connecticut 1965 Helen Alvare
Rachel Rebouche
April 9, 2018 Katz v. United States 1967 Jamil Jaffer
Jeffrey Rosen
April 16, 2018 Brandenburg v. Ohio 1969 Katie Fallow
Nadine Strossen
April 23, 2018 Tinker v. Des Moines 1969 Erik Jaffe
Mary Beth Tinker
April 30, 2018 New York Times v. United States 1971 Floyd Abrams
Ted Olson
May 7, 2018 Gregg v. Georgia 1976 Kent Scheidegger
Carol Steiker
May 14, 2018 Regents of Univ. Cal v. Bakke 1978 Randy Barnett
Neal Katyal

Note: Kannon Shanmugam had originally been scheduled to appear on this program, but was replaced by Rosen.[5]


  1. ^ "BEGINNING FEBRUARY 26, 2018: A Second Season of C-SPAN's Special History Series: "Landmark Cases: Historic Supreme Court Decisions"" (PDF). C-SPAN. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  2. ^ Eggerton, John (10 September 2015). "C-SPAN Profiles Landmark Supreme Court Cases". Broadcasting & Cable. Archived from the original on 27 December 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Landmark Cases Book". Landmark Cases. C-SPAN. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Landmark Cases: Historic Supreme Court Decisions, Volume 2". C-SPAN.
  5. ^ Walsh, Mark (20 November 2015). "C-SPAN to Examine Brown v. Board of Education in 'Landmark Cases' Series". Education Week. Archived from the original on 5 April 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.

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