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Yash Gupta
Business School Dean

Yash Gupta

Yash Gupta is Professor and Dean of The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Legal Leadership

The role of the judiciary is to interpret the law. Equally important is the judiciary's role, along with the other two branches of government, to preserve and protect the Constitution. That has to be the basis for any appointment to the court. Whether the court becomes centrist or left or right is not as important as ensuring that our justices have integrity, fairness, and the open-mindedness to interpret the Constitution within the context of what our society needs today.

The best jurists are able to consider different points of view as opposed to working from an agenda. They're not swayed by political winds, one direction or the other. They have a moral and ethical obligation to interpret the laws not within their own political beliefs but according to how they feel the law best serves the nation.

As President Obama pointed out in his Notre Dame speech this past weekend, Sunday was the 55th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka decision that led to the civil rights reforms of the 1960s. That ruling is a great illustration of how the purpose of the law is to do what's right for the country. These landmark decisions reflect the fact that our society is always evolving. The true leaders on the high court inherently understand this, and I hope that's the kind of justice President Obama nominates for the Supreme Court.

By Yash Gupta

 |  May 19, 2009; 10:20 AM ET
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