Distinguished legal scholars and Supreme Court analysts Erwin Chemerinsky, Miguel Estrada, Gregory G. Garre, Frederick Lawrence, and Dahlia Lithwick discussed the important cases of the term including affirmative action, religious accommodation, social media regulation, and voting rights. They also discussed what to expect at the Supreme Court next year. Journalist Amy Howe moderated the program.
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Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, and in that capacity, writes their "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Commentary, and others. She is host of Amicus, Slate’s award-winning biweekly podcast about the law and the Supreme Court. She has appeared on CNN, ABC, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show and is a frequent guest on The Rachel Maddow Show. She has testified before Congress about access to justice in the era of the Roberts Court and how #MeToo impacts federal judicial law clerks. She earned her BA from Yale University and her JD degree from Stanford University. Her new book, Lady Justice, was an instant New York Times bestseller.
Erwin Chemerinsky is Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Prior to assuming this position, he was the founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and a professor at Duke Law School, University of Southern California Law School, and DePaul Law School. He is the author of 15 books and over 200 law review articles. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court. In 2022, he was the President of the Association of American Law Schools. His most recent books are Worse than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism (2022) and Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights (2021).
Miguel A. Estrada is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He has argued 24 cases before the United States Supreme Court and briefed many others. He has argued dozens of appeals in the lower federal courts. Mr. Estrada joined Gibson Dunn in 1997, after serving for 5 years as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. He previously served as Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York. He served as a law clerk to the Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy in the U.S. Supreme Court and to the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He received a J.D. degree magna cum laude in 1986 from Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Estrada graduated with an A.B. degree magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia College.
Gregory Garre is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins LLP and chair of the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice. He previously served as the 44th Solicitor General of the United States, Principal Deputy Solicitor General, and Assistant to the Solicitor General, and is the only person to have held all of those positions within the Office of the Solicitor General. He has argued 48 cases before the Supreme Court, including SEC v. Cochran during the past term, and scores of additional cases before the courts of appeals. Following his graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, and to Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He speaks frequently on issues related to the Supreme Court and appellate practice.
Until September 2016, Amy Howe served as the editor and reporter for SCOTUSblog, a blog devoted to coverage of the Supreme Court of the United States; she continues to serve as an independent contractor and reporter for SCOTUSblog. Before turning to full-time journalism, she served as counsel in over two dozen merits cases at the Supreme Court and argued two cases there. From 2004 until 2011, she co-taught Supreme Court litigation at Stanford Law School; from 2005 until 2013, she co-taught a similar class at Harvard Law School. She has also served as an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law and Vanderbilt Law School. Amy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a master’s degree in Arab Studies and a law degree from Georgetown University.
Frederick M. Lawrence is Secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Lawrence is also Distinguished Lecturer at the Georgetown Law Center, 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. He is the author of Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law. He has testified before Congress, appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, among others, and has frequently contributed op-eds to major news sources. Lawrence received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College magna cum laude where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a law degree from Yale Law School where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.