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SCOTUS Preview 2017

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Produced on January 20, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 34m
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Join experienced constitutional practitioners Ameer Benno and Erica Dubno for Lawline's very first SCOTUS Preview for the 2017 Term. In this course, Ameer and Erica will discuss the following upcoming cases:

  • Buck v. Davis
  • Jennings v. Rodriguez
  • Lynch v. Morales-Santana
  • Moore v. Texas
  • Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley
  • Lewis v. Clarke
  • Salman v. United States

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify seven critical cases to be decided in 2017
  2. Understand the legal issues at hand in each case
  3. Recognize the potential impact of each decision

Credit Information

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Erica Dubno

Fahringer & Dubno, Herald Price Fahringer PLLC

Erica T. Dubno worked with Herald Price Fahringer for 20 years. She is one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Erica Dubno has received awards for her appellate advocacy and, together with Mr. Fahringer, has drafted criminal and civil appeals in the federal Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, as well as the United States Supreme Court, and in the New York Court of Appeals.

She has co-authored numerous articles with Herald Fahringer, as well as book reviews for the New York Law Journal. Erica Dubno graduated from Oberlin College and Brooklyn Law School with honors. 

Ameer Benno

Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP

An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, Ameer Benno litigates civil rights and personal injury matters for Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP. Ameer takes great pride in seeking justice for those who have been injured by the wrongdoing of others. His personal injury cases include premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, product liability, and construction accident cases. In his civil rights practice, Mr. Benno champions the rights of individuals who have been subjected to governmental abuses of authority. These cases range from police misconduct matters to prisoner rights cases, from unjust conviction claims to employment discrimination matters.

Ameer began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the esteemed Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he served for several years in both the trial division and the appeals bureau. Upon leaving government service, Mr. Benno worked at premier civil litigation law firms where he focused on representing plaintiffs in personal injury and civil rights matters in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Benno is admitted to the New York and Connecticut state bars, and is admitted to practice in the federal courts of the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York, as well as to the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

From 2006 through 2012, Mr. Benno was an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he taught Appellate Advocacy and Legal Reasoning and Writing. Mr. Benno regularly lectures for bar associations and continuing legal education providers on topics having to do with trial practice, civil rights litigation, Constitutional law, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Benno has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and has been named a New York Metro Super Lawyer every year since 2012 in the area of civil rights law. Mr. Benno has also been selected for membership in the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as one of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys.” These are invitation-only organizations composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state who meet stringent qualifications. Mr. Benno is rated 10.0, the highest rating given, by the online lawyer rating service Avvo.com.

Ameer serves on the Civil Rights Committee, Federal Courts Committee, and Appellate Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. He is a member of the National Police Accountability Project, the First Amendment Lawyers Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (where he chairs the Civil Right Committee), and the Brooklyn Bar Association. He sits on the board of directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and is vice president of the Nassau Lawyers’ Association of Long Island.

In addition to his membership in professional organizations, Mr. Benno is a civic leader. He is the president of the Merrick-Bellmore Jewish Community Council, the board of directors of the Merrick Jewish Centre, and as a member of the Nassau County Police Commissioner's Community Council for the 19th Legislative District.  He is a member of the Nassau County Police Reserves, the Bellmore Kiwanis, the Bellmore Lions Club, and the Bellmore Historical Society.  He proudly serves as a First Lieutenant in the New York Guard. 

Ameer is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and Cornell Law School. He lives in Bellmore, NY with his wife, Gayle, and three daughters.


Georgian P.

Excellent Speakers! Excellent Teamwork! Informative and knowledgeable. Course material very detailed and interesting. Great program. Speakers work well together. Interested in viewing more of their presentations. Effective communication skills.

Thomas B.

Very interesting program - enjoyed it.

Stephen E.

Good program.

stephen p.

Very good presentation.

Kristin C.

Good predictions.

Jamey B.

Discussions followed from clear basis in case law and facts. Some predictions were dead on.

Jason G.

Highly relevant. Helped me predict outcomes of pending Supreme Court cases.

Hope F.


Elesha G.

This was great. The presenters were awsome.

David P.


Corey E.

Thank you

Michael W.

Informative and well done course

Marcia W.

Very good review of some key cases! I would love to see more on the Supreme Court!

Charleen J.

Good course!

Marsha W.

Excellent presentation.

Kenneth S.

interesting and informative

Lisa O.

One of the best presentations I have seen.

L. Obii A.

The Course was well presented. Enjoyed it.

Elyssa L.

Great course!

Patricia F.

Well adressed

Robert C.

Incredibly Informative - Superb narrators Thank you law line!

Sarah N.

Excellent program!

Christopher J.

Good seminar.

Ron R.

Well done. Very informative.

Julia W.


William T.

A short follow up next year would most interesting...a little contrast and compare.

Robert S.

Great overview of what will be decided in 2017 by the SC

Samantha T.

This was very interesting and helpful


Great job!

Michael S.


Tomas E.

Very informative, well done.

Wendy P.


Nathan B.

Fantastic presentation. I wish these two were my con law professors in law school.

Cheryl C.

EXCELLENT presenters

Rich W.

Very interesting perspectives on complex issues.

Mailee S.

This is one of the best presentations I've watched on Lawline. Knowledge and personalities of attorneys - great. Written materials - great. Will seek out more presentations from them.

Richard H.

First rate, knowledgeable presenters with well prepared and useful printed materials.

Aaron E.

Great presentation! Thank you for including some new and current constitutional law with the program. I enjoy this subject matter and really like having it available as an option to fulfill credit needs.

Andrea T.

This was excellent content and was very well delivered.

Ken S.

I have watched and/or listened to many law line courses. This is by far the best. The two instructors are knowledgeable and great presenters.

Judith S.

These attorneys really knew their subject matter and spoke very well.

Thomas H.

Very happy with the CLE. The cases surveyed were both interesting and relevant to my work. Would watch again.

Kathryn S.

This pair should host additional CLEs!

Michael S.

great preparation by the lecturers

S.A. M.

Good discussion of a relevant topic

Kimberly G.

enjoyed presenters

Ken N.

I would like to see more of this kind of CLE.

Beth K.

Excellent presentation. One of the most engaging CLEs I've listened to in a long time.

Lawrence C.

Excellent program!

Eva A.

Extremely well presented by both presentors

Linda R.

Both attorney speakers are very knowledgeable on Constitutional Law. Great Course!

Nicolle T.

Enjoyable speaker - encouraged to listen to other sessions with the same commentators.

Stacy S.

Interesting course. I enjoyed it.

Roya M.

Very informed and engaging speakers and excellent material with enough detail.

Julie A. B.

This firmly conceived program coupled with crisp conversation and good content makes for a terrific presentation.

Quietta B.


Pauline M.

I loved the back and forth dialogue between the two presenters!

Earl B.

good stuff

Karen C.

Very engaging! Highly recommend.

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