Judicial Profile: Chief Justice Deborah Poritz
No social engineer, but activist in her own way
When Deborah Poritz became chief justice seven and a half years ago, Supreme Court watchers assumed she would move the tribunal away from its activism under her predecessor, Robert Wilentz. They were right. There has been no social engineering by the Poritz Court. But Poritz's opinions suggest she approaches her job in many ways like Wilentz did.