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SCOTUS: Highlights of October Term 2018-2019

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Produced on December 12, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Constitutional

Course Description

The Supreme Court’s October Term 2018 was a fascinating one, full of important decisions and hints about what may be on the Court’s agenda going forward. The Court grappled in several cases with the doctrine of stare decisis. It issued high-profile decisions in cases involving political gerrymandering and the addition of a new question to the census form. The Court also issued a number of decisions with significant implications for commercial litigants, including in the areas of antitrust law and arbitration. And two cases resolving questions of administrative law revealed sharp divisions on the Court.

This course, presented by Jennifer Keighley, Matt Shahabian, Chris Cariello, and Rachel Shalev 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 2018 Term
  2. Explore 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

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

Chris has a deep passion for intellectual property law, and he specializes in complex copyright and trademark issues arising at the intersection of business and technology. He has represented major tech developers, biomedical manufacturers, and content creators on a wide range of critically important issues. In particular, Chris has litigated cutting-edge issues of personal jurisdiction, extraterritoriality, and damages; the trademark law’s trade dress, functionality, dilution, and nominative fair use doctrines; and the daunting copyright questions that confront technology providers and platforms in the digital age. Chris also has a wealth of experience counseling Fintech clients on novel issues confronting that industry. And he has represented clients in appeals involving trade secrets, class action litigation, bankruptcy, telecommunications, constitutional law, and more. He has authored merits briefs and cert. petitions in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as dozens of briefs in federal and state courts of appeals. And he has represented clients in trial courts, crafting dispositive motions, witness declarations, evidentiary objections, and jury instructions.

Chris also maintains an active pro bono practice. He won an appeal in the Ninth Circuit on behalf of a client seeking immigration relief, and currently represents clients on issues ranging from copyright’s willfulness doctrine, to freedom of information laws, to New York state’s parole system. 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.

Jennifer is a member of the firm's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice. She represents clients in appellate and trial-level litigation in federal and state courts across the country. She focuses on dispositive motions and high stakes appeals.

Her experience covers a wide range of substantive areas, including constitutional law and statutory interpretation, labor and employment, immigration, healthcare law, privacy law, and complex commercial litigation.  

Prior to joining Orrick, Jennifer was a Staff Attorney at a national nonprofit. While there, she participated in all aspects of litigation, arguing and briefing dispositive motions and examining witnesses at trial. 

Jennifer graduated from Yale Law School, where she was an Editor on the Yale Law Journal. Immediately following law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

With experience litigating trials and appeals, Matt Shahabian specializes in providing strategic advice to clients facing novel legal issues in must-win cases.

Matt is a member of the firm's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.  His work covers a range of subject areas and industries, including securities law, white collar defense, constitutional law, and complex commercial litigation.

Matt also maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on immigration and criminal justice matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Matt served as a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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

Rachel represents clients in high-stakes, complex litigation. She has argued appeals in the Fifth and Ninth Circuits and has been the lead drafter of briefs and dispositive motions in state courts, federal district courts, federal courts of appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Rachel’s experience litigating and advising clients covers a wide range of substantive areas. She focuses in particular on tough questions of constitutional law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation.

Rachel maintains an active pro bono practice in the areas of immigrant and women’s rights.

Prior to joining Orrick, Rachel served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Judge Cornelia T.L. Pillard of the D.C. Circuit, and Judge William A. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit. Rachel received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as a student director of the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and as Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal. She graduated from Williams College and received master’s degrees from University College London and University of St. Andrews, both of which she attended as a Marshall Scholar.


Jeffery T.

Great presentation, especially on the developments in adminstrative law.

Karen Y.

Really interesting and informative.

Stephen E.

Good job!

Mark P.

Excellent presentations!

Richard M.

Excellent speakers who conveyed the information well.

Karin V.

The course was exceptionally well presented, giving context to the current court case.

daniel w.

thank you!

Chantal J.

The presenters were very engaging, clear and well organized. Will definitely listen to the next update.

Stephen E.

Good job!

John S.

This panel, each member, was clear, concise, well spoken and well prepared.

Micah N.

Great presentation.

leonard g.

Excellent program on SCOTUS.

Carol D.

Great course!!

arthur a.

great summary of US Supreme Court cases in last term

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Michael J. L.

Good Presentation

Joseph D.

Excellent speakers!

Colin Michael B.

This is one of the most outstanding programs I have viewed on Lawline over the years!

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