Academy of Lifelong Learning

THE SUPREME COURT: TOP HITS OF THE 2016 TERM

THE SUPREME COURT: TOP HITS OF THE 2016 TERM

Social Science

 

John Christie

 

Fridays, October 28 – December 9 (six weeks)

* No classes the week of Thanksgiving.

4:15 – 5:30 pm

Lecture/Discussion

*THIS COURSE IS LIMITED TO 70 PARTICIPANTS. 

 

For much of both the last term and the present term, media interest on the Supreme Court has focused largely on the replacement of the seat left empty following the death of Justice Scalia in February of 2016. With the balance between conservatives and liberals threatening to shift, the Court became embroiled in the politics of a presidential election year with uncertainty as to when a successor to Justice Scalia might be confirmed by the Senate. Now the Court is once again at full staff with the April confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch. In the meantime, through both terms of the Court, work has gone on as usual and many significant opinions have been issued. 


This course will feature introductory commentary on the Court, an overall analysis of the work of the Court during the 2016 term, as well as a look at the momentous collateral events of the past year, including a review of the Court’s newest Justice and the confirmation process. We will also have a series of class discussions focused on some of this term’s new decisions involving subjects such as legislative gerrymandering, racial comments made during jury deliberations, ineffective lawyer assistance, the mentally impaired on death row and the imposition of fees on arrested persons later found to be innocent. A reading of one or more edited versions of the Court’s opinions each week will enhance the value of these class discussions for participants.

JOHN CHRISTIE is a retired litigation partner from the Washington office of the law firm of WilmerHale. His undergraduate degree was from Brown University and his JD degree from the Harvard Law School.