Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2010?

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Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2010?October 4th marks the first day of the 2010 Supreme Court term. This term the Court will hear interesting cases concerning the Free Speech Clause, the Establishment Clause, privacy, preemption, arbitration, copyright, and more. Some notable cases include Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants, concerning a State's ability to restrict the sale of violent video games to minors and the First Amendment right to free speech; Snyder v. Phelps, concerning whether the First Amendment protects protesters at a military funeral from liability for intentional infliction of emotional distress on the family of the deceased; NASA v. Nelson, involving the extent to which the federal government may inquire into the backgrounds of employees of federal contractors; Chamber of Commerce v. Candelaria, involving Arizona's authority to enact a law governing the employment of illegal aliens; Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, concerning the constitutionality of tax credits for donations to school tuition groups; and Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, involving preemption of tort claims for a childhood vaccine. The panelists will also discuss how the addition of former Solicitor General Kagan may affect the Court.


  • Hon. Paul D. Clement, Partner and Chair of Appellate Practice, King & Spalding LLP
  • Mr. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent, The New York Times
  • Prof. Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Mr. Kannon K. Shanmugam, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP
  • Hon. Kenneth L. Wainstein, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. Rachel Brand, Counsel, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP