Two out of three Americans say the Supreme Court is an important factor in the way they vote for president. Then why is almost no one — including the candidates — talking about it?

At 5:30 p.m. Sunday on the Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate WFMZ-TV, The American Law Journal presents “Does the Future of the Supreme Court Matter in This Election?” Joining host Christopher Naughton are Tony Mauro, veteran Supreme Court Insider reporter; appellate trial lawyer Howard J. Bashman; Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law professor Pammela Saunders; and Villanova University School of Law professor Tuan Samahon. Commentary is provided throughout the program by CNN legal analyst and author of The Oath, Jeffrey Toobin, interviewed earlier this month at the Free Library of Philadelphia by The Legal‘s senior staff writer, Gina Passarella.

The panel examines how critical issues on affirmative action, abortion, voting rights, corporate power and gay marriage might hinge on who a President Obama — or a President Mitt Romney — selects for the court.

“The next four years are pivotal,” Mauro said. “We could conceivably have no vacancies, but I think it’s unlikely.”

The American Law Journal is the weekly talk-feature program airing on the CNN-News affiliate for Philadelphia, WFMZ-TV 69 to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. It airs at 5:30 p.m. Sunday and beginning November 19 is also set to air at 7 p.m. Monday.

View WFMZ-HD over the air, on all cable and satellite systems: see FiOS system subscribers, tune to channel 15. The program is available on as well as iTunes.

Next week on The American Law Journal: “Drugs and Docs: Is a Pharmaceutical Company Paying Your Doctor?” •