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October 5th will mark the first day of the 2015 Supreme Court term. Thus far, the Court's docket includes major cases involving the death penalty, affirmative action, unions, civil asset forfeiture, and more.

Notable cases include Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, which concerns pre-certification mootness; Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, which concerns class certification where statistical methods are used to establish liability and damages; Spokeo v. Robins, which concerns Article III standing and statutory damages; Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which concerns affirmative action in admissions; Evenwel v. Abbott, which concerns redistricting law; Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which concerns teacher unions; and Kansas v. GleasonKansas v. CarrMontgomery v. LouisianaFoster v. Humphrey, and Hurst v. Florida, which all concern the death penalty.

In addition to these cases and others, which may include abortion and contraceptive mandate questions, the panelists will discuss the current composition and the future of the Court.


  • Prof. Gail Heriot, Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Mr. John Elwood, Partner at Vinson & Elkins
  • Mr. Neal K. Katyal, Partner at Hogan Lovells
  • Prof. John F. Stinneford, Professor of Law and Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center at Levin College of Law, University of Florida
  • Mr. Ed Whelan, President of Ethics & Public Policy Center
  • Moderator: Mr. Adam LiptakThe New York Times

September 30, 2015
Washington, DC