Program Summary

For nearly four decades, the Justice and Society Program has convened individuals from diverse backgrounds to discuss the meaning of justice and how a just society ought to balance fundamental rights with the exigencies of public policy, in order to meet contemporary social challenges and strengthen the rule of law. The annual Justice and Society Seminar, held in Aspen and co-founded by the late Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, continues to be led by preeminent judges and law professors. Through our public programming component—which includes the  Susman Conversation on the Constitution and the Courts at Aspen, periodic roundtables at the Aspen Institute’s Washington office, and presentations by leading jurists—we bring to the table public officials, established and emerging opinion leaders, and grass-roots organizers to share their perspectives in a neutral and balanced forum. 

Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Meryl Justin Chertoff
Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and Aspen Institute Justice & Society Program Director Meryl Justin Chertoff