CLE previews exciting U.S. Supreme Court Docket

(September 28, 2010) A fast-paced program will highlight the hottest cases currently docketed for Supreme Court review. The program, which is Friday, Oct. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will explore Supreme Court trends and swing votes before moving into specific cases of First Amendment, technology and globalization, federal dower, equal protection and more.

Some of the issues before the court this fall include:

  • Does the First Amendment protect protesters at a funeral from liability for intentionally inflicting emotional distress on the family of the deceased?
  • Does a state law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors violate the First Amendment right to free speech?
  • Does the "first-sale doctrine" apply to imported works manufactured abroad?
  • Children born overseas who have one U.S.-citizen parent can obtain U.S. citizenship if the citizen parent had been physically present in the U.S. for a certain period of time before the child's birth. If a U.S. citizen parent is the father, the period is five years; if it is the mother, the period is one year. Does this differentiation violate the Equal Protection Clause?
  • Does a drug company violate federal securities laws by failing to disclose reports of patients having adverse reactions to its drugs when the number of incidents was not statistically significant?
  • Can a prosecutor's office be held liable for the illegal conduct of one of its prosecutors, on the theory that the office failed to adequately train its employees, when there has been only one violation resulting from that deficient training?

Presenters include:

Heidi Bond, a professor at Seattle University School of Law who was a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Cheryl Hanna, a visiting professor at Seattle University School of Law. She is a professor at Vermont Law School whose work has been work has been cited by the United States Supreme Court, as well as by the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, Glamour Magazine and Fox News.

Jim Lobsenz, an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law and shareholder in the law firm of Carney Badley Spellman, P.S, where his practice emphasizes civil rights litigation, criminal defense, and appellate advocacy. Mr. Lobsenz also clerked for Justice Mathew O. Tobriner and Chief Justice Vincent L. McKusick of the California and Maine Supreme Courts.

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