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Jul 12

Scholars & Scribes Review the Rulings: The Supreme Court's 2003-2004 Term

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In the Supreme Court term that just ended, the significance and effect of many decisions is open to considerable debate. Indeed, it remains unclear in some cases exactly who won - with both sides claiming at least partial victory. For example, will Vice President Cheney have to produce his Energy Task Force records or not? What do the detention and anti-terrorism rulings mean, and what will it take for the Administration to comply with the various holdings? The Pledge of Allegiance is safe for now, but can it survive the same challenge from a parent with full custody? Will the growth of "527" advocacy organizations render the decision in the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act case irrelevant? Did federalism suffer a setback? What is the state of religious liberty, free speech rights, and protections for children from on-line pornography? Were businesses saved from the worst tort law attacks or was the day of reckoning merely postponed? And, underlying many of these substantive questions roams the 800-pound gorilla of potential retirements and confirmation battles to come.

Legal scholars and Court watchers will spend years wrestling with these questions, but the process begins at The Heritage Foundation. Please join us when a panel of Supreme Court correspondents and a panel of distinguished legal scholars discuss these and other issues in our fifth annual "Scholars and Scribes Review the Rulings" event.

More About the Speakers

Panel One:

Todd Gaziano
Director, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

Howard J. Bashman
Appellate Lawyer, Editor, How Appealing, and Contributing Editor, Legal Affairs magazine

Tony Mauro
Supreme Court Correspondent, Legal Times and American Lawyer Media

Stuart Taylor Jr
Senior Writer, National Journal

Panel Two:

Edwin Meese III
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

Walter E. Dellinger, III
Former Acting Solicitor General of the
United States, and Douglas B. Maggs
Professor of Law, Duke University

Miguel Estrada
Former Assistant Solicitor General and Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Douglas W. Kmiec
Former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, and Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, Pepperdine University School of Law