With important cases during the current term including voting rights, church-state separation, reproductive rights and immigration, what are the most significant takeaways from this term’s rulings?
On July 12, 2022, ADL held our 23rd Annual Supreme Court Review program presented virtually in partnership with the National Constitution Center. Distinguished legal scholars and Supreme Court analysts Dahlia Lithwick, Erwin Chemerinsky, Gregory G. Garre, Amy Howe and Frederick Lawrence discussed the important cases of the term, the impact of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination and confirmation to the Court, as well as what to expect at the Supreme Court next year.
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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, is forthcoming from Penguin Press (September 2022).
Erwin Chemerinsky is the current Dean of Berkeley Law. Prior to assuming this position, he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law, and has taught at Duke University, USC Law School and UCLA Law School. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the U.S. Supreme Court. In January 2021, he was chosen as the President-elect of the Association of American Law Schools. He is the author of fifteen books, more than 200 law review articles, and numerous op-eds in newspapers across the country. His most recent books are Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights (Liveright 2021) and The Religion Clauses: The Case for Separating Church and State (with Howard Gillman) (Oxford University Press 2020).
Gregory G. 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 47 cases before the Supreme Court 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.
Amy L Howe
Until September 2016, Amy 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 blogging, 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.