2013 Supreme Court Institute Annual Press Briefing

September 9, 2013 —


Supreme Court Institute Annual Press Briefing:
Anticipating the Supreme Court's October Term 2013: What to Expect


Monday, September 23, 2013 
8:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.: Program


Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
120 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


Irv Gornstein, Executive Director, Georgetown Law Supreme Court Institute


Pamela Harris, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Martin S. Lederman, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Paul D. Clement, Bancroft PLLC
Kannon Shanmugam, Williams & Connolly LLP


Topic: Equal Protection – Affirmative Action
Case: Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (State ban on racial preferences in university admissions)

Topic: First Amendment – Religion – Establishment Clause
Case: Town of Greece v. Galloway (Establishment Clause challenge to legislative prayer)

Topic: First Amendment – Speech – Campaign Finance
Case: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (aggregate limits on campaign contributions under federal election law)

Topic: First Amendment – Speech – Abortion Protest
Case: McCullen v. Coakley (abortion clinic buffer zone)

Topic: Recess Appointments
Case: National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (Presidential appointments to executive vacancies during Senate recess)

Topic: Treaty and Commerce Powers
Case: Bond v. United States (federal prosecution of local crime under Chemical Weapons Ban)

Topic: Abortion
Case: Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice (State-imposed limitations on medically induced abortion)

Topic: Fair Housing Act
Case: Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action (viability of disparate impact claim of race discrimination under FHA)

Topic: First Amendment – Religion – Free Exercise
Cases: Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. HHS (3d Cir., July 26, 2013) Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius (10th Cir., June 23, 2013) (en banc) (federal mandate to cover contraception in employee health benefits)


Paul D. Clement is a a partner at Bancroft PLLC, an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, and a senior fellow at Georgetown's Supreme Court Institute. He served as the 43rd solicitor general of the United States. Before his confirmation as solicitor general, he served as acting solicitor general and principal deputy solicitor general. Earlier in his career, he was chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights. Following his graduation magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, he clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. Clement has argued more than 60 cases before the Supreme Court.

Irv Gornstein is the executive director of the Supreme Court Institute and a visiting professor at Georgetown Law. Prior to joining the Law Center, he worked at O'Melveny & Myers in the firm's appellate practice, specializing in Supreme Court litigation. He was also a lecturer at the Harvard Law School Appellate Advocacy Clinic. Before that, he worked at the Department of Justice, first in the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division and then in the Solicitor General's office. Gornstein has argued 36 cases before the Supreme Court and more than 30 cases in the courts of appeals. He was named Appellate Lawyer of the Week by the National Law Journal in 2010 and has been recognized as a leading appellate lawyer in Chambers USA.

Pamela Harris is a visiting professor at Georgetown Law and former executive director of the Supreme Court Institute. She served as principal deputy to the assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2010 to 2012. Until 2009, she was a partner and then of counsel at O'Melveny & Myers, where she was a member of the Supreme Court and appellate practice, specializing in public interest litigation. She was also a lecturer at Harvard Law School, as co-director of Harvard's Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy Clinic. Before joining O'Melveny, Harris taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she specialized in constitutional criminal procedure and the law of church and state. From 1993 to 1996, she worked in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Martin S. Lederman is a professor at Georgetown Law. He was deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel from 2009 to 2010, and an attorney advisor in the office from 1994 to 2002. He also previously practiced as an attorney at Bredhoff & Kaiser, where he specialized in federal litigation, including appeals, on behalf of labor unions, employees, and pension funds. Prior to rejoining the Department of Justice, he was a regular contributor to several blogs and web sites, including SCOTUSblog, Balkinization, Opino Juris, and Slate, writing on such issues as separation of powers, torture, international law, and the First Amendment.

Kannon Shanmugam is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law and a partner at Williams & Connolly, focusing on Supreme Court and appellate litigation. Shanmugam has argued 13 cases before the Supreme Court—tying him with the legendary Edward Bennett Williams for the most by a lawyer in his firm's history. Most recently, Shanmugam presented oral argument on behalf of the defendant in Maryland v. King, the closely watched case on the constitutionality of DNA testing of arrestees. Prior to joining his law firm in 2008, he served as an assistant to the solicitor general in the Department of Justice. He was the first lawyer to join Williams & Connolly directly as a partner in 22 years.

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