12th Annual Looking Ahead to the Supreme Court Term Event Previews Important Cases


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WASHINGTON, DC, September 22, 2010 – American University Washington College of Law is proud to present the 12th Annual Looking Ahead to the Supreme Court Term event on Thursday, Sept. 30 from noon – 1:20 p.m. 

This yearly event brings together the law school’s top Supreme Court experts to preview the coming term.  This year, professors Lia Epperson and Steve Vladeck will join host Steve Wermiel, fellow in law and government, as they preview some of the important cases that will be heard by the Supreme Court this term.

The “Looking Ahead at the New Supreme Court Term” event will examine some of the interesting cases facing the justices, including newcomer Elena Kagan, when they take the bench on October 4. Among the important cases are whether the First Amendment free speech guarantee prevents a state from banning the sale of violent video games to minors and whether protests at military funerals are a form of protected free expression.

Another important case involves the power of federal courts supervising lawsuits over prison conditions to order the release of thousands of inmates.

Two other closely-watched cases involve the question of when federal law is supreme and takes precedence over state laws; in one case Arizona wants to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants by employers in that state, and the other involves the scope of a federal system to compensate victims of harm from childhood vaccinations.

The event is sponsored by the Program on Law and Government and the Law and Government Society.  Lunch will be served.  For more information go to http://www.wcl.american.edu/wcl_events/event_detail_ind.cfm?event_id=27656

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