2019 Supreme Court Preview

FRIDAY, 9/13

Schedule of Events (Coming Soon)


Please visit Eventbrite to register for the event. Early bird registration is open until August 9, 2019. Normal registration is available until September 14, 2019. 


The 2019 Preview features 7 federal court of appeals judges, 22 Supreme Court advocates who have collectively argued more than 500 cases before the Court, and leading Supreme Court reporters and columnists from the nation's top newspapers. The Preview begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 13 with a moot court on the case Bostock v Clayton County, Georgia. The issue in this case concerns whether federal employment discrimination laws cover sexual orientation. Gerald Bostock worked as a child welfare services coordinator and claims that he was fired for being gay. According to Bostock, Clayton County of Georgia falsely accused him of mismanaging public funds as a pretext for dismissing him. In the moot, Adam Unikowsky, partner at Jenner & Block, will represent the petitioner, Bostock, and Irving Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute at Georgetown University Law Center, will represent the respondent, Clayton County.

The Friday night programming also features a panel on what to expect from the Roberts Court. The Preview continues on Saturday, September 14 with panels throughout the day. Panels will consider the most interesting and important cases on the Court's docket, including race discrimination, age discrimination, state aid to religious schools, the Trump administration’s repeal of Obama immigration policies,  gun rights, and  the Affordable Care Act.  Panels will also consider legal issues that seem to be heading to the Court, including abortion, the First Amendment, and deference to federal agency statutory interpretation.

Historically, the Preview has been approved for 6 CLE credits.

2019 Panelists:

Bob Barnes (Washington Post)

Amy Barrett (U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit)

Stephanos Bibas (U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit)

Joan Biskupic (CNN)

Jess Bravin (Wall Street Journal)

Beth Brinkmann (Covington & Burling)

Erwin Chemerinsky (UC Berkeley School of Law)

Paul Clement (Kirkland & Ellis)

David Cole (American Civil Liberties Union)

Jeffrey Fisher (Stanford University Law School)

Gregory Garre (Latham & Watkins)

Irving Gornstein (Supreme Court Institute, Georgetown University Law Center)

Tara Grove (William & Mary Law School)

Pamela Harris (U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit)

Toby Heytens (Office of the Solicitor General, Commonwealth of Virginia)

Pamela Karlan (Stanford University Law School) 

Allison Larsen (William & Mary Law School)

Adam Liptak (New York Times)

Michael McConnell (Stanford University Law School)

Patricia Millet (U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit)

Kevin Newsom (U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit)

Carter Phillips (Sidley Austin)

Cornelia Pillard (U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit)

Andrew Pincus (Mayer Brown)

David Savage (Los Angeles Times)

Kannon Shanmugam (Paul | Weiss)

Paul Smith (Campaign Legal Center)

David Strauss (University of Chicago Law School)

Jeffrey Sutton (U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit)

Adam Unikowsky (Jenner & Block)

Donald Verrilli (Munger, Tolles, & Olson)

Jeffrey Wall (Office of the Solicitor General, Department of Justice)

Richard Wolf (USA Today)

Timothy Zick (William & Mary Law School)