William and Mary Law School

Supreme Court Preview 2013

Friday & Saturday, September 27 & 28, 2013

The Institute of Bill of Rights Law at WIlliam & Mary Law School held the 26th Annual Supreme Court Preview on September 27th and 28th. The Preview brought together Supreme Court advocates, journalists, professors of law, lawyers, and students for two days of discourse on the upcoming Supreme Court session. This year, the Preview drew strong student participation with 25 student workers and volunteers from William & Mary Law School.

The main event of the weekend was Friday night’s moot court session. The court was made up of professors from Harvard and Yale Law Schools, as well as William & Mary Law School’s dean Davison Douglas and professors Allison Orr Larsen and Tim Zick. The court also included a Morrison Foerster attorney and members of the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg News. Joan Biskupic of Reuters served as chief justice. The court heard arguments from Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of University of California at Irvine Law School and Marci Hamilton, dean of Cardozo School of Law regarding the upcoming case Town of Greece v. Galloway, which concerns the constitutionality of legislative prayer. Dean Chemerinsky argued for the appellee and Prof. Hamilton argued for the appellant. In a 7-2 decision, the court held that prayer is unconstitutional at a legislative assembly. The Supreme Court will hear Galloway on November 6th.

On Saturday, Sept. 28th, the preview featured eight panel sessions covering groups of cases to be heard by the Court this session. The sessions covered Civil Rights, Business, First Amendment & Separation of Powers, DOMA & Same-Sex Marriage, Chief Justice Roberts v. Justice Kagan: The Battle for the Court’s Future, The War on Terrorism Today, Criminal, and Abortion. Each panel featured three to five experts discussing upcoming cases within the panel’s subject matter.

The Supreme Court Preview is an excellent opportunity for students at the law school to hear from and interact with the foremost Supreme Court experts and advocates. The Institute of Bill of Rights Law will announce the dates for next year’s Preview in early 2014.

Moot Court

Town of Greece v. Galloway
Issue: Whether the court of appeals erred in holding that a legislative prayer practice violates the Establishment Clause notwithstanding the absence of discrimination in the selection of prayer-givers or forbidden exploitation of the prayer opportunity.  SCOTUSblog Coverage:   Court to rule on government prayer

Marci Hamilton
Marci Hamilton, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University


Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky,  Dean, University of California at Irvine Law School

2013 Participants Included:

Robert Barnes  The Washington Post
Joan Biskupic  Reuters
Jess Bravin Wall Street Journal
Erwin Chemerinsky Dean, U Cal Irvine School of Law
Paul Clement Bancroft
Walter Dellinger O'Melveny & Myers
Lyle Denniston SCOTUS Blog
Davison Douglas William & Mary Law School
Linda Greenhouse Yale Law School
Tara Grove William & Mary Law School
Adam Gershowitz William & Mary Law School
Marci Hamilton Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
Michael Klarman Harvard Law School
Allison Orr Larsen William & Mary Law Schoo
Adam Liptak The New York Times
Deanne Maynard Akin Gump
Michael McConnell Stanford Law School
Kevin C. Newsom Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
Andrew J. Pincus Mayer Brown
David Savage The Los Angeles Times
Kannon Shanmugam Williams & Connolly
Greg Stohr  Bloomberg News
Barbara Underwood Solicitor General of New York
Tim Zick William & Mary Law School



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Past Preview information:  http://scholarship.law.wm.edu/preview/