Law School to host Annual Supreme Court Preview

  • Supreme Court PreviewThe annual Supreme Court Preview features a Moot Court proceeding showcasing two experienced litigators arguing the merits of an upcoming case before a panel of law professors, journalists, and attorneys. This year's moot court proceeding of U.S. v. Jones concerns a case involving the use of GPS and the Fourth Amendment.

    Supreme Court Preview

Since 1988 the Institute of Bill of Rights Law at William & Mary Law School has marked the commencement of the new term of the U.S. Supreme Court with its annual Supreme Court Preview. The Preview brings together distinguished lawyers, judges, journalists, and law professors from around the country to discuss and analyze the Court's upcoming term. Panelists for the 2011 Preview on Sept. 23-24 will include many of the nation's leading legal scholars, a federal appeals court judge, lawyers who have argued a combined total of more than 200 cases before the Court, and journalists who cover the Court for media such as National Public Radio, the New York Times, SCOTUSblog, Slate, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.  Registration is $325. For more information and to register email ibrl@wm.edu or call (757)221-3810.   Please note that no preregistration -- and no registration fee - is required of William & Mary students who wish to attend.

The Preview begins on Friday at 6 p.m. with a moot court proceeding of U.S. v. Jones, a case involving the use of GPS and the Fourth Amendment, in which two experienced Supreme Court advocates will present arguments before a mock panel of justices. The moot court will be followed by panels on the Constitutionality of Obama's Healthcare Legislation and Gay Rights and the Court. On Saturday, panels will discuss upcoming cases involving business law, criminal law, the First Amendment, and federalism, and there also will be a 9/11 and the Court retrospective. The program will feature lunchtime breakout sessions on topics including Kagan's First Year, Race and the Court (affirmative action and voting rights), and a panel on the Court, Religion and Public Life.


Distinguished participants in the 2011 Preview include:

  Robert Barnes, The Washington Post
  Joan Biskupic, USA Today
  Lisa Blatt, Arnold & Porter
  Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal
  Beth Brinkmann, U.S. Department of Justice
  Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California, Irvine School of Law
  Paul Clement, Bancroft
  Walter Dellinger, O'Melveny & Myers
  Lyle Denniston, SCOTUS Blog
  Davison Douglas, Dean, William & Mary Law School
  Jeffrey Fisher,  Stanford Law School
  Thomas C. Goldstein, Goldstein, Howe & Russell
  Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School
  Tara Grove, William & Mary Law School
  Pam Karlan, Stanford Law School
  Allison Orr Larsen, William & Mary Law School
  Adam Liptak, The New York Times
  Dahlia Lithwick,  Slate
  Andrew Pincus, Mayer Brown
  David Savage, The Los Angeles Times
  Paul Smith, Jenner & Block
  William Van Alstyne, William & Mary Law School
  Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson, US Court of Appeals (4th Circuit)
  Tim Zick, William & Mary Law School