Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Review of Major Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court 2013-2014 Term

A very clear review of the most important rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court in its 2013-2014 term was presented by distinguished legal scholars Erwin Chemerinsky and Frederick Lawrence. They examined at length the Hobby Lobby case (corporations' refusal to provide certain forms of contraception), Town of Greece v. Galloway (public prayer), National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (presidential recess appointments), McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (campaign financing) and McCullen v. Coakley (buffer zone around an abortion clinic) and more briefly Riley v. California (cellphone privacy). The event ended with a discussion of the influence of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark civil rights case handed down 60 years ago. 1h 25 min, no transcript.