Program previews upcoming Supreme Court term

Abortion, the death penalty and the Second Amendment is on the docket for the Supreme Court when the new term begins on Monday, October 4.  The American Bar Association and the American University Washington College of Law will host the  virtual program “On the Docket: Looking Ahead at the New Supreme Court Term” Thursday, September 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

The program will feature legal experts on the court discussing the latest developments in abortion cases both Texas Heartbeat injunction order and Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson, the Boston Marathon bombing (United States. v. Tsarnaev), and the Second Amendment case (New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen) amongst others.

The experts will also discuss the debate about the credibility of the justice system in light of the high court’s “shadow docket.” Recent Supreme Court decisions made from the shadow docket, which is the high court’s expedited decision-making process, includes Texas’ six-week abortion ban, President Joe Biden’s eviction protection for tenants, and the Trump administration’s asylum rule.

Moderating the discussion will be Stephen Wermiel, professor of Practice in Constitutional Law at American University Washington College of Law. He is the author of a monthly column on SCOTUSblog.com aimed at explaining the Supreme Court to law students. A former Supreme Court reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Wermiel covered and interpreted more than 1,300 Supreme Court decisions and analyzed legal trends for 12 years.

The panelists will include:

• Erwin Chemerinsky, dean, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

• Kimberly Atkins Stohr, senior opinion writer and columnist for Boston Globe Opinion and MSNBC contributor

• Gregory Garre,  partner, Latham & Watkins, global chair of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Practice

• Jennifer Chacón,  professor of law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

To register for the program, visit www.wcl.american.edu and click on “News ?Events.”

This program is hosted by Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, a comprehensive source of information on and analysis of matters before the Supreme Court, giving a ringside seat to every case argued. Preview publishes monthly while the Supreme Court is in session and includes a wrap-up issue reviewing the year at the end of the session.


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