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Jul 06

Scholars and Scribes Review the Rulings: The Supreme Court's 2010-2011 Term

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The Supreme Court’s 2010-2011 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 the addition of Elena Kagan affected the Court’s jurisprudence, and will she recuse herself in any future ObamaCare challenge?

It is time once again for The Heritage Foundation’s “Scholars & Scribes” annual review of the Court’s biggest decisions. Even before the ink is dry on the opinions, the analysis begins at Heritage. What will Snyder v. Phelps (funeral protestor case) and Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association (violent video game case) mean for the First Amendment? Will Bond v. United States bolster federalism and lay the groundwork for overturning ObamaCare? Will the ghost of Anna Nicole Smith haunt bankruptcy courts forever? What are the consequences of American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut on future global warming litigation? How will Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting affect businesses that employ illegal immigrants, and what does the opinion say about how the Court might rule on other state laws involving illegal immigrants? What will the impact of Wal-Mart v. Dukes be on limiting future class action lawsuits? Looking ahead, will the Court hear any of the ObamaCare challenges next term, and will the California marriage case be placed on the docket?

 Please join our distinguished panel of practitioners, scholars and correspondents as they debate the rulings from last term, the state of the Court, and what is likely to unfold next year.

Panel I
(10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

Neal Katyal, Principal Deputy Solicitor General and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States
Ronald Rotunda, Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, Chapman University School of Law
Victor Schwartz, Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP and former Dean, University of Cincinnati College of Law
Edwin Meese III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator) 

Panel II
(11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

Jess Bravin, Senior Special Writer, The Wall Street Journal
Michael Doyle, Supreme Court Correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers
Stuart Taylor, Jr., Contributing Editor, National Journal
Todd Gaziano, Director, Center for Legal & Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

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