The Supreme Court’s historic 2011 Term will soon end, but the need for serious analysis will extend well beyond the initial news cycle. Did the High Court get the big cases right? Did judicial activism reign or was the Court restrained? It’s a blockbuster term with potential landmark cases involving ObamaCare, the Arizona immigration law, GPS tracking, FCC indecency rules, religious liberty, and many others.
It is time once again for The Heritage Foundation’s “Scholars & Scribes” annual review of the Court’s biggest decisions. Before the ink is dry on the opinions, the analysis begins at Heritage. How will the Court’s decision in the ObamaCare cases impact the future of constitutional law, limited government, and substantive health care reform? What are the contours of First Amendment rights in relation to the Stolen Valor Act, FCC indecency enforcement in television, and forced union assessments for political speech? Will the decision in Arizona v. United States accelerate the states’ attempts to enforce immigration laws? Will the Court’s redefinition of a “search” in the GPS tracking case have larger consequences for Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in an increasingly technological age? And what impact will these rulings, especially in ObamaCare, have on the election? What about cases that will or are likely to be heard next term, including one on college racial preferences, the Defense of Marriage Act, and California’s Prop 8? Please join us as our distinguished panels of practitioners, scholars and correspondents 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.)
Hon. Donald Verrilli, Jr., Solicitor General of the United States
Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School
Michael Carvin, Partner, Jones Day and Oral Advocate for NFIB in the ObamaCare Case
Edwin Meese III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)
Panel II (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
David Savage, Supreme Court Correspondent, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune
Mark Sherman, Legal Affairs Writer and Supreme Court Reporter, The Associated Press
Howard Bashman, Founder and Editor, How Appealing Blog
Todd Gaziano, Director, Center for Legal & Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)