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School of Law to Host 21st Supreme Court Review

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 - 8:30 AM All News , Law

supreme court exteriorThe Western New England University School of Law Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs will host the 21st Annual United States Supreme Court Review Conference on Saturday, September 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Pellegrini Moot Court Room. This event is free and open to the public.

The conference will feature a panel from the School of Law faculty, that will  examine the important decisions of the Court during its prior term. Featured speakers will include Professor Bruce Miller, discussing an affirmative action case, Professor Emeritus Arthur Leavens reviewing criminal law cases, and Law Review student Chelsea Donaldson examining an abortion decision. Art Wolf, Professor of Law and Director of Law Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs, will moderate the discussion. 

"In its 2015-2016 term of court, the Supreme Court decided very important cases involving affirmative action, abortion, and search and seizure,” says Professor Wolf. “The Conference will address all of these exciting and controversial topics." 

A fourth segment at the Conference will focus on the Court itself, addressing the impact of the 4-4 decisions, the absence of a ninth justice, and the prospects for filling the current vacancy. The audience will be invited to participate in this fourth session in addition to any questions they may pose after each presentation. 

Each fall the Annual Supreme Court Review Conference has discussed a variety of topics which the Court has addressed in its decisions. The subjects have included First Amendment issues, the rights of criminal defendants, civil rights and civil liberties, terrorism, national security, federalism, separation of powers, and other critical constitutional questions. 

The Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs at the Western New England University School of Law was established in 2000 to offer students the opportunity to participate in activities relating to the legislative process.