Scholars & Scribes Review the Rulings: The Supreme Court's 2016-2017 Term

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July 6, 2017 Scholars & Scribes Review the Rulings: The Supreme Court's 2016-2017 Term

Please join us as our distinguished panels of practitioners, scholars, and correspondents debate these and other rulings from this past term.

Thursday, Jul 6, 2017

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC


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

Will Consovoy, Consovoy McCarthy Park

Kyle Duncan, Schaerr Duncan

Joseph Palmore, Morrison Foerster

John Malcolm, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

Panel II (12:00 to 1:00 p.m.)

Jess Bravin, The Wall Street Journal

Kevin Daley, The Daily Caller

Adam Liptak, The New York Times

Elizabeth Slattery, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)


The Supreme Court’s 2016 Term will soon be over, but the need for serious analysis has just begun. Did the High Court get the big cases right? What will the Court’s ruling in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer mean for state Blaine Amendments and school choice programs? How might the decision in National Labor Relations Board v. SW General affect President Trump’s ability to fill positions in the Executive Branch? Will the North Carolina and Virginia redistricting decisions provide states with any advice as we head into the next round of redistricting? What will the decision in Lee v. Tam involving trademarks and alleged disparaging words mean for free speech? The Court sent Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman back to the lower court for a closer look at whether New York’s credit-card surcharge law runs afoul of the First Amendment free speech clause. How might the decision in Murr v. Wisconsin implicate Americans’ ability to use their private property? What trends can be discerned from the rulings this term, and how has the addition of a new justice affected the balance in power?