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Law School to host 23rd Annual Supreme Court Preview

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    Annual Preview  The Institute of Bill of Rights Law at the College of William & Mary Law School hosts a preview of upcoming Supreme Court cases each fall. Scholars, practitioners and journalist from across the country participate.  Photo by Suzanne Seurattan
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William & Mary Law School’s 2010 Supreme Court Preview will be held September 24 -25. The annual event is sponsored by the school’s Institute of Bill of Rights Law (IBRL). Registration is required and may be completed online at Cost is $325 per person and CLE credits are pending. Sessions will be held at the William & Mary Law School on S. Henry St. in Williamsburg.

The event, in its 23rd year, brings together leading Supreme Court journalists, advocates, legal scholars, and federal court judges to discuss and analyze the Court’s upcoming term. In addition to William & Mary Law School Dean Davidson Douglas and Professors William Van Alstyne and Timothy Zick, confirmed participants include current/former federal courts of appeal judges and U.S. Solicitors General. Seventeen participants have argued more than 300 cases before the Supreme Court.

The Preview also features seasoned Supreme Court journalists from the nation’s leading newspapers, news magazines, and online sources including Adam Liptak, The New York Times; Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSBlog; David Savage, The Los Angeles Times and Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal.

The featured case this year is Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, a First Amendment case exploring whether a state law may constitutionally restrict the sale and marketing of violent video games. This Moot Court proceeding opens the preview beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24.

Additionally, the IBRL is hosting a pre-Preview discussion on Prop 8 with Chuck Cooper (advocate in the case), Hon. Jeff Sutton (6th Cir.), Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC Irvine), and Walter Dellinger (Duke Law, O'Melveny & Meyers) with Joan Biskupic of USA Today moderating. This discussion will be Sept. 24 from 4 – 5 p.m. in Room 119 of the Law School.

For additional information contact IBRL at or 757.221.3810.