SCOTUSblog Previews 2020’s Biggest Supreme Court Decisions
What are the biggest cases being tried this term at the Supreme Court—and will a more conservative bench impact decision-making?
The country is on the edge of its seat and once again, our friends at SCOTUSblog have the answers.
Supreme Court superstars Tom Goldstein and Sarah Harrington of Goldstein & Russell joined Casetext’s Laura Safdie to break down the new term’s most impactful cases in the first of a two-part Supreme Court 2020 Preview webinar.
Here’s your chance to watch, listen, or read the conversation. Learn more below…
New Direction in 2020’s First Supreme Court Term?
It’s a new year at the Supreme Court, with a blockbuster docket including questions on abortion rights, immigration, LGBT employment discrimination and the Second Amendment. All eyes are on newer justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh to see how their presence on the Court will impact these critical questions. With that in mind, our panel of experts took a deep dive into several high-profile cases.
United States Supreme Court 2020 Preview—Part One Highlights
On Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California (regarding whether the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to wind down DACA is judicially reviewable and lawful), Sarah Harrington hints to a revival of an issue that came up in 2019’s famous—or infamous—census question case; “…whether the executive branch is stepping up to its accountability…”
In discussion highlighting three cases related to Title VII’s protections against employment discrimination “on the basis of sex,” Tom Goldstein raises the point that political leanings on the bench are potentially more significant than canons of statutory interpretation, due to the breadth of the statute’s text and its origins in the fundamentally more conservative era of the 1960s.
On New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York, Sarah Harrington reminds us this is the first case related to the 2nd Amendment to hit the Supreme Court in over a decade since District of Columbia v. Heller. Regarding the unusual procedural posture and current focus on the “mootness” question, she notes the Supreme Court “…does not appreciate when parties mess around with its jurisdiction.”
And on June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee, concerning whether the Fifth Circuit’s decision–to uphold Louisiana’s law requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital–conflicts with the Court’s precedent in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt , Tom Goldstein shares: “I think the conservatives are really buoyed by the prospect of winning this case.”
“President Trump took a very pro-life position in the run up to the presidential election in 2016, promised to appoint justices to the court who would narrow Roe v. Wade. This is their first real opportunity to speak to…the scope of Roe…”
How to Watch/ Listen/Read
Watch: If you want to watch the recording of Part One of our SCOTUSblog 2020 Supreme Court Preview webinar, click this link and sign up.
Listen: The folks at SCOTUSblog will also be posting the audio of the preview on their podcast here.
Read: We’ll share the webinar transcript with anyone who signs up to watch the video.
Register for Part Two: Want to hear more about the Supreme Court cases this term? We’ll cover another set of top cases in Supreme Court Preview Part 2, Thursday, February 20th. This webinar is cosponsored by SCOTUSblog, the American Constitution Society and The Federalist Society. Register here.