American University Law Faculty, SCOTUS Blog Founder Tom Goldstein Analyze What’s Next for U.S. Supreme Court

AUWCL constitutional law faculty and SCOTUS Blog Founder Tom Goldstein '95
discuss the future of the Supreme Court without Justice Scalia

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m., American University Washington College of Law constitutional law faculty and Supreme Court experts were joined by AUWCL alum and SCOTUSblog Founder Tom Goldstein for a panel presentation on “What’s Next for the U.S. Supreme Court?” The program addressed a range of issues facing the country following the unexpected death of long-time Associate Justice Antonin Scalia this past weekend.

Topics included:

  • Justice Scalia’s legacy and how his absence will change the dynamics of the Court
  • Ramifications on cases still pending this term
  • Next steps for the political parties and President Obama
  • Expert takes on potential replacement nominees – “Who should be nominated?” and “Who will be nominated?”

Expert Panelists:

  • Tom Goldstein ’95, partner at Goldstein & Russell P.C., is an appellate advocate and founder of SCOTUSblog who is best known as one of the nation’s most experienced Supreme Court practitioners. Goldstein has served as counsel to one of the parties in roughly 10% of all of the Court’s merits cases for the past 15 years (more than 100 in total), personally arguing 38.
  • Stephen Wermiel, professor of practice in constitutional law at AUWCL, holds expertise in the U.S. Supreme Court, having covered the court for the Wall Street Journal from 1979 until 1991. He is the author of a biweekly column on SCOTUSblog aimed at explaining the Supreme Court to law students and co-author of JUSTICE BRENNAN: LIBERAL CHAMPION, the definitive biography of the late Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Wermiel teaches constitutional law, First Amendment, and a seminar on the workings of the Supreme Court at AUWCL.
  • Susan Carle is a professor of law and constitutional law professor at AUWCL who teaches and writes about civil rights legal history, employment discrimination, labor and employment law, legal ethics, and the history and sociology of the legal profession. She teaches Constitutional Law and Employment and Labor Law at AUWCL.
  • Lia Epperson, professor of law and associate dean for faculty and academic affairs at AUWCL, is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, and education policy. Her scholarship centers on the constitutional dialogue between federal courts and the political branches, and its implications for educational equity.
  • Amanda Frost is a professor of law at AUWCL who writes and teaches in the fields of constitutional law, federal courts and jurisdiction, immigration law, and judicial ethics. She authors the “Academic round-up” column for SCOTUSblog. Before entering academia, Frost clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and spent five years as a staff attorney at Public Citizen, where she litigated cases at all levels of the federal judicial system.
  • Stephen Vladeck is a professor of law at American University Washington College of Law whose teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, and national security law. He is a nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism who frequently represents parties or amici in litigation challenging government counterterrorism policies.
  • William Yeomans is a fellow in law and government at AUWCL. From 2006 until 2009, he served as Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s Chief Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was previously Legal Director of the Alliance for Justice and spent 26 years at the Department of Justice where he litigated civil rights cases in the federal courts.

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