Upcoming 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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Thank you to NACo for hosting!

Past Webinars

Supreme Court Midterm

The Supreme Court’s 2021 docket is set for the 2020-2021 term. Many new cases of interest to states and local governments have been added, ranging from a takings case to a case involving college athlete pay. Join us for a discussion of the most interesting cases for states and local governments to be decided this term, featuring Dan Geyser, Alexander Dubose & Jefferson’s Supreme Court chair, who will argue a case about appellate costs for the City of San Antonio; Matthew Littleton, Donahue, Goldberg, Weaver & Littleton, who wrote the SLLC’s amicus brief in the takings case; and Sarah Harris, a partner in Williams & Connolly’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice, who represents a school district in a case involving student off-campus speech and the First Amendment.    

Date:  March 18

Time:  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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Supreme Court Preview for States and Local Governments

While the Supreme Court has agreed to hear lots of interesting cases relevant to states and local governments in its new term beginning on October 5, 2020, many are holdovers from last term! The Court has also accepted numerous new cases of interest including another challenge to the Affordable Care Act and a challenge to Philadelphia’s refusal to work with Catholic Social Service regarding placing foster children because it won’t place them with same-sex couples. Join Deepak Gupta of Gupta Wessler (who is counsel for Philadelphia, and who will also argue a pair of major personal-jurisdiction cases from Montana and Minnesota), Andrew Pinson, Georgia's Solicitor General (who will argue a case about whether plaintiffs can prevent a case from being dismissed as moot by seeking “nominal damages” after a government changes the challenged policy), and Kevin Daley of the Washington Free Beacon, in a discussion of the cases most interesting to states and local governments that the Court has agreed to hear so far. 

Date:  October 27

Time:  1PM Eastern

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