Supreme Court Review

Supreme Court Review 2017

Supreme Court Review 2018

On July 10, ADL held its 19th annual Supreme Court Review, broadcast live from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Watch scholars discuss the most important cases of the term.


With the Supreme Court’s first full term under President Trump and nine Justices on the Supreme Court for the full term, this year has been a blockbuster one for the courts.

Watch distinguished legal scholars Erwin Chemerinsky, Frederick Lawrence, and Dahlia Lithwick as they discuss the most important cases of the term, including the Masterpiece Cakeshop case affecting LGBT rights, the challenges to the President’s “Muslim Ban,” and a major redistricting case. They also discussed continued challenges to the President’s executive orders in the lower courts and what to expect at the Supreme Court next year.

The Agenda & Speaker Bios

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Distinguished legal scholars Erwin Chemerinsky, Dahlia Lithwick and Frederick Lawrence will be tackling some of the most pressing legal questions this year.

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12:00-1:30 EDT

I. Welcome, Background, & Introductions

II. Supreme Court 2018 Term

  • Term Overview
  • Immigration: Trump v. Hawaii; Jennings v. Rodriguez; lower court challenges related to DACA, “sanctuary” cities, TPS, family separation, and detention.
  • Voting Rights: Jon Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute; Abbott v. Perez; Gill v. Whitford; lower court challenges of note.
  • First Amendment/Free Speech: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission; NIFLA v. Becerra; Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.
  • Privacy/Criminal Procedure: Carpenter v. United States.
  • Additional lower court challenges to watch/The State of the Judiciary.
    • The “wall” between politics and the law (federal court appointments)
    • The future of the Supreme Court (Justice Kennedy's retirement)

III. Questions


Our Featured Speakers

Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky

Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law in 2017. Prior to assuming this position he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law. Before that he taught at Duke University, USC Law School, and UCLA Law School. He is the author of ten books and more than 200 law reviews, and writes op-eds in newspapers across the country. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, National Jurist again named him as the most influential person in legal education in the U.S.

Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick

Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, where she writes the “Supreme Court Dispatches” and “Jurisprudence” columns. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Commentary. She won a 2013 National Magazine Award for her columns on the Affordable Care Act. She has been twice awarded an Online Journalism Award for her legal commentary and was the first online journalist invited to be on the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press. She has appeared on CNN, ABC, The Colbert Report and The Rachel Maddow Show.

Fred Lawrence

Frederick Lawrence

Lawrence is the Secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, American's first and most prestigious honor society, founded in 1776. He is a Visiting Professor at the Georgetown Law Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and has previously served as president of Brandeis University, Dean of the George Washington University Law School, and Visiting Professor and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School. An accomplished scholar, teacher and attorney, Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression and bias crimes.

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Immigration/Refugee Rights

First Amendment/Free Speech

Privacy/Criminal Procedure

Voting Rights

The State of the Judiciary