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    Life and Legacy of Thurgood Marshall, Panel 1

    A panel discussion was held on the legacy of Thurgood Marshall, the first black U.S. Supreme Court Justice. The panelists speculated on what Justice Marshall’s opinions would be…

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    Women's Participation at the Supreme Court

    Panelists talked about the history of women lawyers, the challenges women face in the legal profession, and the role women lawyers have played in oral arguments before the Supreme…

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    Fiscal Year 2011 Supreme Court Budget

    Justices Breyer and Thomas testified about the proposed fiscal year 2011 budget for the U.S. Supreme Court. In his opening remarks Justice Thomas said major portions of the requested…

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    Original Intent and a Living Constitution

    Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia participated in a discussion on the constitutional theories of original intent and the Constitution as a living document. They also discussed…

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    Moot Court on the Rationing of Health Care

    A moot court hearing was held testing the constitutionality of rationing health care in a hypothetical case of a non-citizen being denied a life-saving vaccine. The case of Obasanjo v.…

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    Diversity and the Judiciary

    Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Roger Gregory spoke about the importance of diversity in the federal judiciary, his recess appointment by President Clinton, and his experience as the…

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    Chief Justice John Roberts Remarks

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts addressed students at the University of Alabama Law School about the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. Following his remarks he responded to…

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    The Use of Foreign Law in Domestic Courts

    Panelists discussed the use of foreign law in domestic courts. Topics included the political as well as the legal issues and the consequences of using foreign law as well as untested…

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    CBS v. FCC Oral Argument

    Oral arguments were heard at the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in CBS v. FCC. The case concerned the CBS television network’s appeal of a $550,000 fine levied by the Federal…

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    Free Speech, Human Rights, and Counterterrorism Laws

    On February 23, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court would hear oral argument in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project and Humanitarian Law Project v. Holder, a constitutional challenge to application…

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    Supreme Court and Popular Opinion

    Panelists discussed the relationship between U.S. Supreme Court decisions and American popular opinion. They focused on Mr. Friedman’s thesis that the justices and the…

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    Freedom of Information Cases

    The Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in appeals against the decisions in lower courts of Fox News Network LLC v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and…

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    Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Reactions

    In America & the Courts were reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the campaign finance case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. On Thursday, January 21, 2010, in a 5…

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    Fox Television v. FCC

    The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City heard oral argument in Fox Television v. FCC. The Court will decide if the Federal Communications Commission’s policy on the…

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    Women and the Law

    U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer delivered the Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law. She talked about…

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    Office of the Solicitor General

    A panel of former U.S. solicitors general discussed the role of the solicitor general, the duties associated with the job, and arguing before the Supreme Court. The moderator was…

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    Media and the Supreme Court

    Legal scholars and journalists discussed the nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Court, the public’s understanding of the Court, and the media’s role in educating the…

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    Supreme Court 2009 Term Preview, Part 2

    A portion of a forum examining upcoming Supreme Court cases was shown. A discussion on recent changes at the U.S. Supreme Court included the retirement of Justice Souter and new…

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    Supreme Court 2009 Term Preview, Part 1

    A portion of a forum examining upcoming Supreme Court cases was shown. The cases previewed included one on Gun Rights, and an Appeal by Former Enron Executive Jeffrey Skilling. The…

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    Principles of Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation

    U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonia Scalia and Stephen Breyer discussed their judicial philosophies of constitutional and statutory interpretation and how they reach their…

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