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Jul 17

Scholars & Scribes Review the Rulings: The Supreme Court's 2008-2009 Term

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Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

The Supreme Court's 2008-2009 term is over, but the serious analysis has just begun. This term witnessed the usual philosophical clashes on the Court, but also an increasing number of "strange bedfellows" decisions, with coalitions shifting by issue and by case. The Roberts Court remains in flux. How will this dynamic change when Justice Souter leaves and a new justice is confirmed to the Court?

It is time once again for The Heritage Foundation's "Scholars & Scribes" annual review of the Court's biggest decisions and a look ahead to the next term. What are the long-term consequences of NAMUDNO and Bartlett on the Voting Rights Act, the upcoming congressional elections, and redistricting? How will Ricci affect race relations, employment law, and the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor? What does Citizens United v. FEC portend for campaign finance reform and political speech? Will Wyeth protect Americans from being injured by harmful drugs or harm far more by stifling innovation and drug development? Does the Caperton case spell the end of state judicial elections? And have we heard the last of "fleeting expletives"?

There is a lot to talk about, and the The Heritage Foundation is bringing together scholars including a distinguished panel of past and present Justice Department lawyers and scribes featuring the media's Court-watchers who help the public make sense of it all. Please join us as we analyze the last term, the state of the Court, and as we try to determine whether changing just one Justice really does change the whole Court.

More About the Speakers

Panel I
Michael Carvin
Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General,
Office of Legal Counsel (1987-1988)

Miguel Estrada
Former Assistant to the Solicitor General (1992-1997)

Neal Katyal
Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States

Todd Gaziano
Center for Legal and Judicial Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

Panel II
Lyle Denniston

Quin Hillyer
Senior Editorial Writer and Columnist,
The Washington Times

Juan Williams
News Analyst,
National Public Radio

Robert Alt
Deputy Director,
Center for Legal and Judicial Studies,
The Heritage Foundation