Erwin Chemerinsky, Frederick M. Lawrence, Lyle Denniston, and Jeffrey Rosen examine the significant rulings of the Supreme Court's 2012 - 2013 term, including decisions on affirmative action, voting rights, and marriage equality. The event is being held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and in certain states can provide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit.
In addition to the usual review of the Supreme Court's most important cases, this year our panelists will analyze how Supreme Court jurisprudence has evolved on the religion and free speech clauses of the First Amendment, issues central to ADL's mission.
This event is presented as part of the Anti-Defamation League's Centennial celebration and the National Constitution Center's 10th anniversary programming.
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, is one of the nation's top experts in constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of seven books, the latest being The Conservative Assault on the Constitution (Simon & Schuster, 2010). His casebook, Constitutional Law, is one of the most widely read law textbooks in the country. Chemerinsky has also written nearly 200 law review articles in journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Stanford Law Review and Yale Law Journal. He frequently argues appellate cases, including matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeal, and regularly serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. from Northwestern University.
Lyle Denniston has been covering the Supreme Court for fifty-five years. In that time, he has covered one-quarter of all of the Justices ever to sit, and he has reported on the entire careers on the bench of ten of the Justices. He has been a journalist of the law for sixty-five years, beginning that career at the Otoe County Courthouse in Nebraska City, Nebraska, in the fall of 1948.
Frederick M. Lawrence
Frederick M. Lawrence took office as the eighth president of Brandeis University on Jan. 1, 2011.
An accomplished scholar, teacher and attorney, Lawrence is one of the nation's leading experts on civil rights, free expression and bias crimes. His formal inauguration took place on March 31.
Prior to Brandeis, Lawrence was dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School from 2005 to 2010. During his tenure there, Lawrence brought in the strongest five classes in the law school's history and led five of its most effective years of fundraising, despite historically challenging economic conditions. He recruited an impressive number of new faculty members with expertise in a range of areas, from international courts and tribunals to environmental law. Lawrence also increased financial aid, expanded facilities, opened doors to faculty endowments and sought new programmatic possibilities nationally and internationally.
Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed: the U.S. Constitution. He is a professor at The George Washington University Law School, where he has taught since 1997, and is the legal affairs editor of The New Republic, which covers politics and culture from an “unbiased and thought-provoking perspective.” He is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he explores issues involving the future of technology and the Constitution. He has recorded a lecture series for the Teaching Company’s Great Courses on Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century.