SCOTUS: Highlights of October Term 2017

(79 Ratings)

Produced on: November 30, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

The Supreme Court resolved a host of important issues in October Term 2017. The Court decided several cases on the scope of the Fourth Amendment, including a landmark ruling on phone company records of cell-cite data. It also addressed pressing issues in immigration law and sentencing law that will have far-reaching effects on non-citizens and those convicted of crimes. The Court resolved cases of keen interest to many American businesses, including a deep dive into the Patent and Trademark Office’s inter partes review process.

This course, presented by Chris Cariello, Naomi Scotten, Matt Bush, and Derek Fischer 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 2017 Term
  2. Understand the practical and legal implications of some of the Court’s key decisions
  3. Examine the Court’s decisions for clues about 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.

Derek Fischer

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

Derek Fischer is an Associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate Group.

Prior to joining Orrick, Derek was a Law Clerk for the Honorable Alex Kozinski at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (2015 – 2016). During law school, he served as Executive Essays & Reviews Editor for the Columbia Law Review, where he published a Note on financial regulation in the wake of the Dodd-Frank Act. At Columbia Law School, he was a research assistant in various fields, including intellectual property, antitrust, and professional responsibility.

Naomi Scotten

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

Naomi Scotten specializes in high-stakes appeals and dispositive motions.

Naomi represents clients in appellate and trial-level litigation in federal and state courts across the county. Her work covers a wide range of subject areas, including product liability, labor and employment law, telecommunications law, constitutional law, criminal law, and immigration law.

She has co-authored briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and federal and state trial courts. She recently argued an appeal before the First Judicial Department of the New York State Appellate Division. Her work includes a successful petition for rehearing en banc in the Ninth Circuit, defending a local firearms ordinance against a Second Amendment challenge.

Naomi also has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on dispositive motions, preserving appellate issues, and developing creative legal strategies.

Prior to joining Orrick, Naomi served as a law clerk for Judge Susan L. Carney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

Naomi graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as the Executive Director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

Matt Bush

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

Matthew Bush is a managing associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate group and the General Litigation group.

Matthew represents clients in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels. His work spans a wide range of subject areas, including constitutional law, copyright, patent, employment, class actions, criminal law, products liability, federal jurisdiction, bankruptcy, and others.

Prior to joining Orrick, Matthew served as a law clerk for Judge Chester J. Straub of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Jan. E. DuBois of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Matthew represents Oracle in Oracle v. Google, a high stakes copyright trial known as the "World Series of IP." Google copied thousands of lines of code from Oracle's Java Platform, and used those lines in the Android operating system found in smartphones and other devices. Matthew has a background in computer programming, and has experience writing in languages such as Java, JavaScript, and PHP.


Eric C.

I liked the presentation. Very straightforward with no frippery, and went through the issues logically.

Ronald F.

great summation

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