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Sep 25

Supreme Court Preview: 2012 Term

The Supreme Court’s last term ended with a bang, but the upcoming term is shaping up to be arguably as significant. Just days before the High Court’s next term begins, The Heritage Foundation will preview the likely blockbuster cases, with Supreme Court luminaries Paul Clement and Tom Goldstein. The approaching Term is already filled with important cases, with others to be announced soon. The advocates (and justices) will argue over the expanded use of racial preferences in admissions to state colleges, whether the Fourth Amendment permits police to direct drug-sniffing dogs to sniff at your front door, whether corporations can be sued in America for allegedly outrageous conduct abroad under the Alien Tort Statute, and whether government actions that impose recurring floods require “just compensation.” In addition to cases already placed on its docket, the Court almost certainly will agree to hear at least one challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, and it might agree to hear whether states can force independent contractors paid through Medicaid to join public-sector unions, another interesting campaign finance case, and challenges to the constitutionality of the supposedly temporary, emergency “preclearance” provisions of the Voting Rights Act, renewed in 2006 for a total of 67 years after the five-year emergency was declared by Congress.

Paul Clement has argued over 50 cases before the Supreme Court, including high profile cases like NFIB v. Sebelius, Arizona v. United States, McConnell v. FEC, and Gonzales v. Carhart. Tom Goldstein has argued 25 cases before the High Court and is also known for his ground-breaking blog that follows every aspect of the Court, which landed him a spot on GQ Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People in D.C. list. Join us as these distinguished experts discuss what is likely to unfold in the next Supreme Court term.

More About the Speakers

Paul Clement
Former Solicitor General of the United States and Partner, Bancroft PLLC

Tom Goldstein
Co-founder of SCOTUSblog and Partner, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.

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