September 26, 2017

ABA program previews upcoming Supreme Court term

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2017 — Even though the U. S. Supreme Court on Monday canceled scheduled October arguments about President Trump’s travel ban, this and other key cases that will be before the court when the new terms begins on Monday, Oct. 2 will be “on the docket” at an American Bar Association panel program open to the public “Looking Ahead at the New Supreme Court Term.”  Leading experts on the court will discuss cases involving the travel ban, immigration policy, Fourth Amendment, redistricting and voting rights, gay rights, and religious liberty.  

What:   On the Docket 2017:  Looking Ahead at the New Supreme Court Term
             Sponsored by ABA Division for Public Education and the American
             University, Washington College of Law Program in Law and Government 

When:  Sept. 28, 5-5:30 p.m. (ET) (Reception)
                           5:30-7 p.m. (ET) (Panel Discussion)

American University, Washington College of Law
             Claudio Grossman Hall
             4300 Nebraska Ave., NW
             Washington, D.C.

Note: American University will live stream the program and it will be available to view online for download after the program.

Moderating the discussion will be Stephen Wermiel, professor of Practice in Constitutional Law at the American University Washington College of Law. He is the author of a monthly column on aimed at explaining the Supreme Court to law students. He is co-author of “Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion” and “The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan’s Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan.” A former Supreme Court reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Wermiel covered and interpreted more than 1,300 Supreme Court decisions and analyzed legal trends for 12 years.

 The panelists are:

  • Thomas Goldstein, an attorney and partner at Goldstein & Russell, is an appellate advocate and best known as one of the nation’s most experienced Supreme Court practitioners.
  • Jayesh Rathod, a professor of law at American University Washington College of Law, is the founding director of the law school’s Immigrant Justice Clinic. His area of focus is immigration law, labor and employment law, occupational safety and health, and clinical legal education. Prior to joining American University, he represented low-wage immigrant workers on employment law and immigration matters, and participated in worker education, organizing, and advocacy efforts.
  • Janai Nelson, is the associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. She is a former professor of law at St. John’s University, where she established an annual student program at the Supreme Court and assisted in the direction of the Ronald H. Brown Prep Program for College Students, an award-winning law school pipeline program.
  • Richard Wolf, is the Supreme Court correspondent at USA TODAY and has also covered the White House and Congress in a career that spans 25 years.

This event is free to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or

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