Upcoming Webinars

SLLC Supreme Court Preview 2021-22

While the abortion and guns cases will very likely put the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2021-22 term in the history books, the Court has agreed to hear numerous cases of interest to states and local governments. On the docket already are three First Amendment cases including a sign case, a board member censure case, and a school choice case; a Medicaid case; and an “unreasonable seizure pursuant to legal process” case. Join Sarah Harris, Williams & Connolly, merits counsel in a case involving the Rehabilitation Act, Rick Simpson, Wiley, SLLC amicus brief writer in another case involving the Rehabilitation Act, and Ken Jost, author of Supreme Court Yearbook and Jost on Justice, in a discussion of the most important cases the Supreme Court is planning to decide so far this upcoming term for states and local governments.


Date and time:  September 15, 1-2:15PM Eastern time

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Thanks to NACo for hosting!

Supreme Court Elections Cases

This webinar will provide a deep dive into two recently decided U.S. Supreme Court elections cases. In Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee the Supreme Court upheld two Arizona voting requirements which the DNC argued had a disparate impact on non-white voters in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Importantly, the court applied a number of factors which will apply in future cases. Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta isn’t obviously an elections case. The court held California violated the First Amendment by requiring charitable organizations to disclose their major donors to the state attorney general. In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the court’s decision “marks reporting and disclosure requirements with a bull’s-eye.” Discuss what these decisions mean for state legislatures with Jessica Ring Amunson, Jenner & Block, and Erin Murphy, Kirkland & Ellis. Susan Parnas Frederick, NCSL, will discuss proposed federal legislation related to voting rights.

Date and time:  September 9, 2PM Eastern time

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This event is in partnership with NCSL.


Supreme Court and the States: A Focus on Administrative and Environmental Law in the Prior Term and Trends to Come

Much of modern administrative and environmental law rests on longstanding precedent out of the Supreme Court. States have long relied on these doctrines to protect their rights. Now with changes in both the presidency and the Court, much hangs in the balance. Join state Solicitors General on Monday, September 13 from 12:30pm - 1:45pm ET for a conversation about last term’s cases and the upcoming ones on the Court’s docket, and the potential impact that the cases could have on states. 


Date and time:  September 13, 12:30PM Eastern time

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This event is in partnership with the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center.

Past Webinars

Supreme Court in Review: The Big Cases for States and Local Governments

From the Affordable Care Act to voting rights to takings this U.S. Supreme Court term had it all! This webinar will cover all the cases of interest to states and local governments except First Amendment and police cases (click on links for State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) webinars related to those cases). Join Jeremy Feigenbaum, New Jersey State Solicitor, who argued a sovereign immunity case, Bob Peck, President of the Center for Constitutional Litigation, who wrote an SLLC amicus brief in a climate change case, and James Romoser, SCOTUSblog editor, for the SLLC’s most popular event of the year.


Date and time;  July 15; 2PM Eastern time

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Supreme Court in Review:  First Amendment Cases

The Supreme Court’s First Amendment docket didn’t disappoint in 2000-2021. The Court heard cases involving the speech and association rights, in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, involving a challenge to California’s charitable donor-disclosure requirement; the speech right, in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., involving a challenge to a school’s suspension of a student for off-campus speech; and the free exercise right, in Fulton v. Philadelphia, involving a challenge to the city’s non-discrimination requirement for its government contractors.  Kirti Datla will discuss general trends in the Court’s First Amendment jurisprudence, these cases, and the religious liberty cases related to COVID-19 restrictions that the Court decided on its “shadow docket.”  Kirti authored an amicus brief for the State and Local Legal Center in Carney v. Adams—a challenge to Delaware’s partisan-balance requirements for its judiciary—while a senior associate at Hogan Lovells and is now the Director of Strategic Legal Advocacy at Earthjustice.  

Date and time:  July 22; 1PM Eastern

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Supreme Court in Review: Police Cases

Police practices featured front and center in multiple U.S. Supreme Court cases this term. Join Shay Dvoretzky, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, who argued a Fourth Amendment case involving the “community caretaking” exception, and David Gans, Director of the Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Citizenship Program at the Constitutional Accountability Center, which filed multiple amicus briefs in Fourth Amendment and qualified immunity cases this term, in a discussion of all the police cases. Topics range from Fourth Amendment searches and seizures to excessive force to local governments holding onto impounded vehicles after a bankruptcy stay has been filed.   


Date and time:  July 29; 1PM Eastern


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Supreme Court Amicus Briefs

Supreme Court amicus brief can and do make a difference! The Justices regularly cite to them in opinions and ask about them at oral argument. Three former SCOTUS clerks will discuss how to write an effective Supreme Court amicus brief from a state and local government perspective: John Neiman, Maynard Cooper, who clerked for Justice Kennedy and was Alabama’s Solicitor General; Allon Kedem, Arnold & Porter, who clerked for Justices Kagan and Kennedy, and was an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General; and Usha Vance, Munger, Tolles & Olson, who recently clerked for Chief Justice Roberts.

Date: January 26, 2021

Time: 2-3:30 Eastern

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