On the Docket

On the Docket: The Supreme Court’s 2013-14 Term” will delve into the recently completed U.S. Supreme Court term and provide a glimpse ahead about what to expect when the new term starts this October. This moderated discussion will include engaging discussions of topics such as the Court’s recent rulings on free speech, religious rights, health care, cell phone searches, and business law. The panel features prominent journalists, Supreme Court practitioners, and constitutional law scholars. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of ABA PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases, Issue 8 (the year-end, wrap-up issue of the ABA's comprehensive, expert-written publication covering the Supreme Court).


Program Details:

DATE: Saturday August 9, 2014
TIME: 2:00-3:30pm
PLACE: Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
            Room 311 – Level 3

This 90-minute program is a CLE Showcase Program at ABA Magnitude360 (the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston). For more information about registering for the ABA Annual Meeting and receiving an all-access pass to the Showcase CLE programs, please visit the ABA Annual Meeting page. We hope to see you in Boston!   

Panel Moderator:

Bob Ambrogi

Bob Ambrogi is a lawyer and legal journalist. Currently, he represents media and technology clients and serves as executive and legal director of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association. Previously, he was with American Lawyer Media (ALM)  in New York, where he was editor-in-chief of the National Law Journal and editorial director of ALM's Litigation Services Division, responsible for the division's Web sites and other print and electronic publications.

Before joining ALM, Ambrogi was with Boston-based Lawyers Weekly Publications, where he was founding editor of the national newspaper Lawyers USA and editor-in-chief of the company's flagship newspaper, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Bob has also been publisher of the Connecticut Law Tribune and the Idaho Daily Business Review.

Ambrogi is also known for his writing and speaking about the Internet, legal technology and social media. He currently writes the "Ambrogi on Tech" column for the ABA Journal and the award-winning blog LawSites, which the ABA Journal named to its inaugural Blawg Hall of Fame in 2012. Since August 2005, he has co-hosted the award-winning legal-affairs podcast, “Lawyer2Lawyer,” available through the Legal Talk Network.

A 1980 graduate of Boston College Law School, Ambrogi is currently president of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and he is a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. In 2011, Bob was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.”



Linda Greenhouse

Linda Greenhouse is the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at Yale Law School. She assumed this position in 2009 after a 40-year career at the New York Times, including 30 years covering the United States Supreme Court. At Yale, she is a member of the faculty of the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and teaches other Supreme Court-related courses.  She writes a bi-weekly op-ed column on the Supreme Court and law for the New York Times web site.

Greenhouse received numerous journalism awards for her reporting, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 (beat reporting); the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association in 2002 for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics”; and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School in 2004. Her newest book is The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012). Other recent publications include a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Becoming Justice Blackmun, published in 2005, and Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel), published in 2010 (second edition, 2012).

Greenhouse is one of two non-lawyer honorary members elected to the American Law Institute, which awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal in 2002. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College, Harvard and is a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers and several other nonprofit boards, including the American Constitution Society. She serves as a vice president of the American Philosophical Society, to which she was elected in 2001. In 1978, she earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, which she attended on a Ford Foundation fellowship. She has received 11 honorary degrees.

Renée M. Landers

Renée M. Landers is Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School and teaches administrative law, constitutional law, and health law.  She is the Faculty Director of the school’s Health and Biomedical Law Concentration.  President of the Boston Bar Association in 2003-2004, she was the first woman of color and the first law professor to serve in that position.  From 2010-2012 she served as co-chair of the BBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Section.  She is the Secretary of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association. 

Landers has worked in private practice and served as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Justice during the Clinton Administration.  She is a former member and Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct.  She is the author of an article on the potential for Massachusetts health care reform initiatives to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care and was a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance Study Panel examining what Medicare can do to eliminate health care disparities.  She was a member of the NASI Study Panel on State Health Insurance Exchanges. With the Center for Advanced Legal Studies at Suffolk University Law School, Landers has chaired conferences on patient safety, health care disparities, and health reform.  She has also written about the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of the Medicaid program, the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program, same-sex marriage, and the status of women and people of color in the legal profession.

A member of the Harvard Board of Overseers from 1991-1997, Landers was the third woman president of the board.  A former member of the Radcliffe board of trustees and leader of the boards of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, WGBH, and the Board of Overseers of the Shady Hill School, currently, she serves on the boards of the National Academy of Social Insurance and Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.  She also serves on the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School and the advisory boards of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Rappaport Institute at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.  She has received awards from Radcliffe College, Boston College Law School, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network. 

Kannon Shanmugam

Kannon Shanmugam is a partner at Williams & Connolly focusing on Supreme Court and appellate litigation.  He has been recognized by numerous publications as one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court and appellate advocates.  He has argued 14 cases before the Supreme Court— recently breaking Edward Bennett Williams’ 37-year-old record for the most by a lawyer in the firm's history.  Most recently, he argued Clark v. Rameker, on the question of whether an inherited individual retirement account is exempt from an individual’s bankruptcy estate.

Shanmugam joined Williams & Connolly in 2008 after serving as an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the Department of Justice.  He was the first lawyer to join the firm directly as a partner for 22 years.  Born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, he received his A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College; his M. Litt. from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was executive editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and for Judge J. Michael Luttig on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Paul Smith

Paul M. Smith is a partner in Jenner & Block's Washington, DC office, where he chairs the firm’s Appellate & Supreme Court Practice.  He has argued fifteen Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark gay rights case, Brown v. EMA, involving the First Amendment as applied to video games, and several voting rights cases.  In 2014, he argued Harris v. Quinn, involving a claim that the First Amendment prevents a state from mandating that all public employees in a bargaining unit contribute to the costs of collective bargaining.

Smith graduated from Amherst College and Yale Law School and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr.  He is in the ABA House of Delegates, a member of, and former Chair of, the Board of the American Constitution Society, and a former Co-Chair of Lambda Legal.   In 2010, the National Law Journal named him one of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Past Decade.  That same year, he received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities for work promoting civil rights and civil liberties. In 2012 he received the D.C. Bar’s own Marshall Award.  In 2013 he received the Servant of Justice Award from the Legal Aid Society of D.C.


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