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The Supreme Court’s 2009-2010 term has ended, but the serious analysis is just beginning. Did the High Court get the big cases right? Did judicial activism reign or was the Court restrained? How has Justice Sotomayor changed the dynamic of the Court? And how would the addition of Elena Kagan alter the balance of 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. Citizens United v. FEC already received attention from President Obama at his State of the Union address, but is Congress’s response in the DISCLOSE Act equally unconstitutional? What localgun-control laws are now subject to challenge since the Court struck down the Chicago ordinance in McDonald? Whatare the consequences of striking down life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in Graham v. Florida? Did the Court encourage other judicial takings suits in Stop the Beach Renourishment? And what will the fallout be to the Court’s decisions in the Christian Legal Society and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board cases?
Please join our distinguished panel of practitioners and correspondents as they debate the last term, the state of the Court, and whether substituting one justice really creates a new Court.
Panel I (10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)
Walter Dellinger, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers, and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States
Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School
Gregory Garre, Partner, Latham & Watkins, and former Solicitor General of the United States
Todd Gaziano, Director, Center for Legal & Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)
Panel II (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
Robert Barnes, Supreme Court Correspondent, The Washington Post
Jess Bravin, Senior Special Writer, The Wall Street Journal
Robert Alt, Senior Legal Fellow, Center for Legal & Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)