September 28, 2016

PLF-NRI star-studded Supreme Court preview event this Friday on Capitol Hill

By Todd F. Gaziano Chief of Legal Policy and Strategic Research, and Director, Center for the Separation of Powers

supremecourtimageFor the third year in a row, Pacific Legal Foundation is proud to be hosting a public program with the National Review Institute previewing the Supreme Court’s next term, which begins on Monday. Our program this year is Friday, September 30, at noon EDT/9:00 a.m. PDT overlooking the United States Capitol and Supreme Court buildings.

Reprising his role as moderator, National Review’s senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru will direct a “fair and balanced” panel of distinguished Supreme Court advocates as they discuss the important cases already on the Supreme Court’s docket, those the justices may release from this past Monday’s “Long Conference,” and those they are likely to seriously consider and potentially hear later in the term.

Those panelists are: Theodore B. Olson (former Solicitor General of the United States and Partner at Gibson Dunn), Neal Kumar Katyal (former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and Partner at Hogan Lovells), and Gregory G. Katsas (former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the civil Division and Partner at Jones Day). Between them, they have argued almost 100 cases in the Supreme Court, although youngsters Katyal and Katsas still have a ways to go to catch Ted Olson.

The panelists will discuss significant criminal and commercial cases already on the Court’s docket as well as some with recurring constitutional issues, such as the use of racial considerations in districting, neutrality to religious schools in government programs, and PLF’s “relevant parcel” takings case, Murr v. Wisconsin. They will also address how the High Court is likely to function with a vacant seat, including whether the eight-member Court is less likely to accept certain cases until the empty seat is filled.

For those of you in the DC area, here is your invitation to attend this star-studded event live as our guest. Please RSVP so that we can make sure to have a lunch for you.

Update:  For the third year in a row, C-SPAN said it will cover the event, but it probably will not broadcast it live this year. You may look for C-SPAN listings of Friday and this weekend here for when it might air, but we will also try to post a link to the program when it is archived.

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