Previewing the Supreme Court's October Term 2017

Supreme Court Building

As a part of Constitution Day 2017, a distinguished panel of legal experts will discuss the cases on the docket for the Supreme Court’s October Term 2017. This includes President Trump’s travel ban; partisan gerrymandering; the limits on states’ ability to maintain voter rolls; mandatory employee arbitration; and religious objections to providing services for same-sex weddings. The panel will also examine how the court may rule now that it is back to nine justices.

A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 am.


Gregory G. Garre, JD ’91, Partner and Global Chair, Supreme Court & Appellate Practice, Latham & Watkins LLP; former Solicitor General of the United States

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Jeffrey Rosen, Professor, GW Law; President and CEO, National Constitution Center

Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, GW Law

Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, GW Law (Moderator)

*Subject to change

Cases & Issues*

Trump v. Hawaii; Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project
Is the Trump administration’s executive order limiting citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States a violation of the applicable statutes and/or the Establishment Clause?  

Gill v. Whitford 
Are there constitutionally enforceable limits on partisan gerrymandering in legislative redistricting?

Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute 
What are the statutory limits on states' ability to "purge" voter rolls based on the failure to vote for several years?

Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis; Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris; National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA
Are agreements to resolve disputes through mandatory employee arbitration unenforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act as applied to employers subject to the National Labor Relations Act? 

Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission 
Did Colorado's public accommodations law violate the religious rights of a baker who refused to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple?

*Subject to change

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Media Information

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