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Jul 11

Scholars & Scribes Review the Rulings: The Supreme Court's 2012-2013 Term

The Supreme Court’s 2012 Term will soon be over, but the need for serious analysis has just begun. Did the High Court get the big cases right? What are the short-term political implications of these rulings, and what will be the long-term statutory and constitutional impacts? 

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 Congress respond to the Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, the case challenging the coverage formula of the Voting Rights Act? What are the political and social implications of the marriage cases? From drug sniffing dogs to warrantless blood tests to DNA swabs of arrestees, what is the status of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence? How will race factor into undergraduate admissions decisions following Fisher v. University of Texas

In addition to the big decisions of this term, what about the cases that will be heard next fall? How will the Court rule in the challenge to Michigan’s constitutional amendment banning racial preferences in public education, employment, and hiring? How will Bond v. United States – a salacious love triangle that ended in a Chemical Weapons Act prosecution and challenge to the expansion of Congress’s enumerated powers through treaties – fare on its second trip to the High Court? Will the Court hear the Recess Appointments Clause challenge to President Obama’s non-recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board? Please join us as our distinguished panels of practitioners, scholars, and correspondents debate the rulings from this past term and what is likely to unfold next term.


Panel I (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) 

Stephanos Bibas, Director, Supreme Court Clinic, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Charles Cooper, Cooper & Kirk
Tom Goldstein, Goldstein & Russell and SCOTUSBlog
John Malcolm, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

Panel II (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.) 

Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal
Adam Liptak, New York Times
David Savage, Los Angeles Times
James Swanson, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

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