October 1st marks the first day of the 2012 Supreme Court term. Thus far the docket includes major cases about affirmative action, international law and the alien tort statute, national security, criminal law, and others. A few notable cases include Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, concerning a public university use of race in undergraduate admissions decisions and the Equal Protection Clause; Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, about the application of the Alien Tort Statute to human rights abuses abroad, and whether the statute covers corporations; Clapper v. Amnesty International USA, regarding the right to challenge the constitutionality of a global terrorism wiretapping program; Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, concerning the proof that investors need to pursue a securities fraud claim by class-action lawsuit; and Florida v. Harris and Florida v. Jardines, about police use of a drug-sniffing dog to search the exterior of a private residence under the Fourth Amendment, and whether the dog’s “alert” constitutes probable cause for search of a private vehicle. The Court is also likely to add other significant cases, including a case filed by proponents of California’s “Proposition 8” challenge, which now has a cert petition pending. In addition to these cases and others, the panelists will discuss the current composition and the future of the Court, a particularly timely topic in light of the upcoming Presidential election.
On September 27, 2012, the Federalist Society will be hosting a panel on the October term.
- Mr. Tom Goldstein, Founding Partner, Goldstein & Russell P.C.
- Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
- Ms. Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network
- Mr. Stuart Taylor, Columnist, National Journal
- Hon. Kenneth L. Wainstein, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
- Moderator: Mr. Pete Williams, NBC News Justice Correspondent
Start : Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:00 PM
End : Thursday, September 27, 2012 2:30 PM
Location: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045
Registration details: The cost to attend this event is $25. Lunch will be included. There is no cost for press. Please register online as space is limited.