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CLE’s 2017 Supreme Court Preview: Gearing Up for ‘Blockbuster’ Term

By Jeffery Leon

September 8, 2017

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When the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new term this fall, it will be weighing in on several high-profile cases that could potentially impact the nation for generations to follow.

On September 13 the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program will present its popular annual course “Supreme Court Review and Preview 2017,” featuring expert panelists who are uniquely qualified to look at the cases and issues that will be before the Court.

“This is going to be a big term for the Supreme Court, as the justices tackle everything from partisan gerrymandering and the Trump administration's travel ban to cell phone privacy and the intersection of same-sex marriage and religious beliefs,” says Amy Howe, reporter for SCOTUS Blog and panel moderator. “We have a panel of three attorneys with extensive experience practicing before the Court who will provide insight on how the Court might rule and why these issues will be so important.”

Panelist Sarah Harrington, former assistant to the U.S. solicitor general and incoming partner at Goldstein & Russell, P.C., notes that the addition of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Court is another element that makes this term one to watch.

“The last couple of years has been an interesting time of transition at the Supreme Court. And now that the newest member of the Court has had a chance to get his feet wet, the Court is headed into what looks like a real blockbuster of a term. It will be a fun discussion among regular Supreme Court practitioners about what to expect in the coming year,” Harrington says.

John Elwood, partner in the appellate practice group at Vinson & Elkins LLP, says the stakes are high in this Court term. “The Court will be hearing more blockbusters cases just during its October sitting than it did all last year. This is shaping up to be the most important Supreme Court term in years,” he says.

In addition to Harrington and Elwood, professor Irving Gornstein, executive director of Georgetown University Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute, will be joining the panel.

The course takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor.

Register now for in the in-person course or the Webinar.