The College of Law's annual United States Supreme Court Preview brings together journalists, litigators, and academics to discuss cases pending before the Supreme Court. The event is open to students, alumni, and community members.
Supreme Court Preview 2022-2023
Keynote: "The Supreme Court Under Siege" with Joan Biskupic, CNN
Moderator:Keith Bybee, Vice Dean; Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper '72 Judiciary Studies Professor; Professor of Law; Professor of Political Science; Director, Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media (IJPM); Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute
Aliza Milner, Teaching Professor and Director of Legal Communication and Research
Gretchen Ritter, Syracuse University Vice Chancellor, Provost, and Chief Academic Officer
About Joan Biskupic:
Joan Biskupic, a full-time CNN legal analyst, has covered the Supreme Court for twenty-five years and is the author of several books on the judiciary.
Before joining CNN in 2017, Biskupic spent a year as a visiting professor at the University of California, Irvine, law school. She previously was an editor-in-charge for Legal Affairs at Reuters and, before that position, the Supreme Court correspondent for the Washington Post and for USA Today.
She most recently published a biography of Chief Justice John Roberts (The Chief, spring 2019). Her previous books include Sandra Day O'Connor (2005), American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (2009) and Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice (2014).
A graduate of Georgetown University law school, Biskupic was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism in 2015.
Friday, September 23
1p.m. – registration opens
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – lecture and panel discussion
Keynote: “The Supreme Court Turning Right Again,” with David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
Examining the pending cases on the docket for the 2021-2022 term, the Preview will open with a keynote from featured speaker David G. Savage, Supreme Court Correspondent, Los Angeles Times, followed by a panel discussion.
David Savage has written about the Supreme Court for the Los Angeles Times since 1986 and has covered the Senate confirmations of all the current justices. He also writes regularly about national legal issues. Before joining the Washington bureau, he was an education writer for the paper in Los Angeles and covered both the K-12 schools and the University of California. He is the author of Turning Right: The Making of the Rehnquist Supreme Court (1992) and of the revised two-volume Guide to the US Supreme Court (Sage Publishing). He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Northwestern University.
The College of Law’s fourth annual Supreme Court Preview program examined pending cases on the docket for the 2020-2021 term with featured speaker Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent, The New York Times.
Liptak’s talk was followed by a panel discussion with Reeves Anderson, Supreme Court Litigator, Arnold & Porter; Upnit K. Bhatti L’15, Managing Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; the Hon. Mae D’Agostino L’80, US District Court for the Northern District of New York; Professor Paula Johnson; and the Hon. Rosemary S. Pooler, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Moderated by Vice Dean Keith Bybee, among other cases, the panel addressed cases involving:
First Amendment implications surrounding faith-based adoption agencies and same-sex couples.
The potential liabilities imposed on domestic corporations under the Alien Tort Statute.
Eighth Amendment sentencing authority over juvenile offenders.
Constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.
The “expropriation exception” of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which abrogates foreign immunity when “rights in property taken in violation of international law” are in issue.
The interpretation of “seizure” by use of physical force within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment, among others.
Presented by Syracuse University College of Law; the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media; the Syracuse Civics Initiative; and the NDNY-Federal Court Bar Association
The College of Law’s third annual Supreme Court Preview program examined the pending cases on the docket for the 2019-2020 term. The Preview opened with featured speaker Jess Bravin, The Wall Street Journal Supreme Court Correspondent, followed by a panel discussion. On the panel, Bravin was join Second Circuit Judge Rosemary Pooler, Arnold & Porter Supreme Court Litigator Reeves Anderson; University Professor David Dreisen; and Associate Dean for Faculty Research Lauryn Gouldin for a preview of the Court’s October 2019 docket.
The College of Law‘s second annual Supreme Court Preview program examined the vacancy following Justice Anthony Kennedy retirement after nearly three decades on the country’s highest court. Justice Kennedy was the deciding swing vote in many high profile cases during his tenure and his retirement announcement launched a politically contentious nomination process that has dominated the news cycle for most of the summer.
Featured speaker Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, opened the afternoon program with a lecture on the impacts that these significant court transitions have on the journalists who regularly cover the Court.
Lithwick then joined the Honorable Rosemary Pooler of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and College of Law Professors Sanjay Chhablani and Margaret Harding for a panel discussion moderated by Vice Dean Keith Bybee. The panel previewed some of the cases pending before the Court, including cases involving arbitration, the death penalty, the double jeopardy clause, and Native American sovereignty, among others.
The Supreme Court’s 2016-2017 term was marked by caution and consensus that reflected the eight justices’ “strenuous efforts” to rule narrowly to avoid deadlocks. After the 2016 election and the subsequent confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch in April, the Court returned to fighting weight.
As speaker Amy Howe, editor and reporter for SCOTUSblog explained, the Court’s docket for 2017-2018 had “no shortage of blockbusters,” presenting issues including: the constitutionality of President Trump’s travel ban; whether Colorado’s public accommodations law violates a bakery owner’s First Amendment rights by requiring him to make custom cakes for same-sex weddings; whether the Fourth Amendment protects historical cell-site location information (and the continued viability of the controversial third-party doctrine); whether Wisconsin’s most recent legislative redistricting is unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering; and whether arbitration agreements that require employees to forgo collective, class-action relief are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (a case in which DOJ’s position from before the election has changed).
This program examined the impacts of the 2016 election on the 2017-2018 term and on the composition of the Court going forward with previews and analysis of key cases on the Court’s 2017-2018 docket.