Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2020?

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On October 1, 2020, the Federalist Society's Faculty Division and Practice Groups hosted a virtual panel regarding the upcoming Supreme Court term, which began on October 5, 2020. The Court's docket already includes major cases involving criminal law, free expression and religious liberty, copyright, immigration, and matters of constitutional structure. The panel also discussed broader questions about the direction of the Court. 


  • Orin Kerr, Professor of Law, University of California-Berkeley
  • Edward Whelan, President, Ethics and Public Policy Center 
  • Elizabeth Papez, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Erin Hawley, Senior Legal Fellow, Independent Women’s Law Center, and Senior Fellow for the Kinder Institute of Constitutional Democracy, University of Missouri
  • Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Moderator: Robert Barnes, The Washington Post
  • Introduction: Lee Liberman Otis, The Federalist Society


As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.