SCOTUS: Highlights of October Term 2016

(185 Ratings)

Produced on: September 15, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

The Supreme Court was shorthanded for most of the October 2016 Term, but that didn’t stop it from resolving a host of exciting issues in a variety of areas. It released two fascinating First Amendment decisions—one pertaining to Trademark law, the other in the criminal law context—on the same day. It also decided key patent cases that promise to change the way innovators do business and influence the forums in which they resolve their patent-related disputes. And it settled questions concerning the availability and standards applicable to lawsuits against the government that had long vexed courts and practitioners alike.

This course, presented by Chris Cariello, Jeremy Peterman, and Tom Bondy of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Supreme Court and Appellate Group, examines the highlights of an exciting term and offers insight into the implications of the Court’s decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Obtain an overview of important Supreme Court decisions of the October 2016 Term
  2. Understand the practical and legal implications of some of the Court’s key decisions
  3. Examine clues in the Court’s decisions about the current makeup of the Court and the trajectory of the law


Christopher Cariello

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

A Senior Associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate Group, Chris's practice focuses on high-stakes appeals and cutting-edge legal issues.

Chris represents clients in appellate courts across the country. He specializes in issues at the intersection of business and technology, including deep expertise in copyright, trademark, and patent law, and in the issues confronting the Fintech industry. He also has experience with bankruptcy, telecommunications, trade secrets, commercial and class action litigation, constitutional law, and immigration law. He has authored merits briefs and cert. petitions in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as briefing in federal and state courts of appeals. And he has represented clients in complex commercial litigation, helping to craft dispositive motions, witness declarations, evidentiary objections, and jury instructions.

Chris also maintains an active pro bono practice. Last year, he won an appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a client seeking immigration relief. Chris is also an active member of the bar, sitting on the Federal Bar Council's Public Service Committee.

Prior to joining Orrick, Chris was a law clerk to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Chief Judge Carol B. Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Thomas Bondy

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

Tom Bondy is a Senior Counsel in Orrick’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice. He has had a distinguished career in government service at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice.

As FBI Deputy General Counsel, Tom oversaw the Bureau’s nationwide civil litigation docket, including employment disputes, Freedom of Information Act cases, Constitutional tort suits, and an array of matters implicating law enforcement and national security equities. He supervised more than one hundred Office of General Counsel personnel, and advised the FBI’s Director, Deputy Director and other executive management officials regarding especially sensitive litigation issues.

Prior to serving at the FBI, Tom spent 25 years with the Department of Justice, Civil Division, Appellate Staff, as an appellate litigator and supervisor. In that capacity, he oversaw the court of appeals and Supreme Court work of the Appellate staff’s attorneys across the full range of U.S. government subject areas, including Constitutional issues, anti-terrorism and national security, Federal Tort Claims Act, False Claims Act, Bivens, personnel and federal labor relations, Freedom of Information Act, administrative law, attorney fees, and government benefits. Tom personally briefed and orally argued more than one hundred cases in all of the federal courts of appeals and several state appellate courts, and drafted dozens of U.S. Supreme Court merits briefs, amicus briefs, certiorari petitions, and oppositions to certiorari petitions. One of the principal architects of the Justice Department’s litigation strategy in high-stakes appeals, Tom was considered one of the agency’s go-to advocates.

Tom received the Justice Department’s John Marshall Award for outstanding appellate advocacy, as well as the Attorney General’s Award for furthering the interests of U.S. national security. He has served as an instructor at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute and is also an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Before joining DOJ, Tom clerked for then-Judge (now U.S. Supreme Court Justice) Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Jeremy Peterman

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

Jeremy Peterman is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Jeremy’s work spans several subject areas, including intellectual property, administrative law, securities, and criminal law. He has represented leading technology companies before the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court. He also maintains an active pro bono practice in Courts of Appeals and in the New York Appellate Division.

Prior to joining Orrick, Jeremy served as a law clerk to Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Judge David Hamilton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Michele K.

thank you


Very thorough analysis.

Adrienne L.

Excellent content and presenters - clear and helpful

Geoffrey K.

Good program. The speakers and the materials were excellent.

Marc P.

Love these reviews of SCOTUS cases

Jennifer B.

All faculty were excellent. Materials also. I appreciate the concise, intelligent, and perceptive presentation, which even included thoughtful commentary about implications for the legal area: outstanding!

L. Obii A.

Excellent presentation of the issues and decision of SCOTUS 2106 Term. Enjoyed the analysis.

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