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:
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.
Mr. Benno began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the esteemed Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where, under then-District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, he served in both the trial division and the appeals bureau. In the trial division, Mr. Benno investigated and prosecuted violent and white-collar crimes and tried several jury trials to verdict, all as primary chair. In the appeals bureau, Mr. Benno handled all aspects of criminal appeals, and regularly submitted arguments to the New York State Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest tribunal.
After several years as an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Benno left government service to work for a premier civil litigation law firm where he tried civil cases and managed a caseload that focused on civil rights matters in state and federal court.
In 2009, Mr. Benno opened his own law practice, which focused on civil rights cases in state and federal court, criminal defense, and appellate litigation.
In addition to an active trial practice, Mr. Benno has briefed and argued criminal and civil appeals in the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Departments of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, the New York State Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
In 2010, Mr. Benno argued People v. Mothersell in the New York State Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest tribunal. That case, which challenged the constitutionality of the City of Syracuse’s usage of “all persons present” search warrants, resulted in a unanimous reversal of the client’s criminal conviction and the dismissal of his indictment, and changed the landscape of criminal law practice in New York State. More recently, Mr. Benno was lead counsel in Bailey v. Pataki, a Section 1983 civil rights action against former New York State Governor George Pataki and several members of his administration for creating and implementing an unconstitutional civil commitment policy for a class of prisoners. Mr. Benno briefed and argued the interlocutory appeal in that case to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He won that appeal, and thereafter tried the case in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. After a three and a half week trial, the jury found a top member of Gov. Pataki’s administration liable for violating the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.
From 2006 through 2012, Mr. Benno was an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he taught Legal Reasoning and Writing and Written and Oral Advocacy.
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, Western, and Northern Districts of New York as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
He serves on the Civil Rights and Liberties Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association, and is a member of the Civil Rights Section of the American Association of Justice. Mr. Benno is also a member of the National Police Accountability Project, the New York City Policing Roundtable, the First Amendment Lawyers Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Brooklyn Bar Association.
Mr. Benno also is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New York State Defenders Association. He is a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee.
In 2012 and again in 2013, Mr. Benno was selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list as one of the top up‐and‐coming attorneys in the metro-New York area in the areas of First Amendment and civil rights law. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.
In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Benno was also selected by the National Trial Lawyers for inclusion in the Top 100 trial attorneys in New York State in the area of criminal law. This is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. In 2014, Mr. Benno was also selected for inclusion in the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.
Mr. Benno is rated 10.0, the highest rating given, by the online lawyer rating service Avvo.com.
Mr. Benno received his B.A. degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University, and his J.D. from Cornell Law School. While at Cornell Law School, Mr. Benno received recognition for his superior litigation abilities and was a member of the prestigious Moot Court Board.
Very interesting program - enjoyed it.
Very good presentation.
Discussions followed from clear basis in case law and facts. Some predictions were dead on.
Highly relevant. Helped me predict outcomes of pending Supreme Court cases.
This was great. The presenters were awsome.
Informative and well done course
Very good review of some key cases! I would love to see more on the Supreme Court!
interesting and informative
One of the best presentations I have seen.
The Course was well presented. Enjoyed it.
Incredibly Informative - Superb narrators Thank you law line!
Well done. Very informative.
A short follow up next year would most interesting...a little contrast and compare.
Great overview of what will be decided in 2017 by the SC
This was very interesting and helpful
Very informative, well done.
Fantastic presentation. I wish these two were my con law professors in law school.
Very interesting perspectives on complex issues.
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.
First rate, knowledgeable presenters with well prepared and useful printed materials.
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.
This was excellent content and was very well delivered.
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.
These attorneys really knew their subject matter and spoke very well.
Very happy with the CLE. The cases surveyed were both interesting and relevant to my work. Would watch again.
This pair should host additional CLEs!
great preparation by the lecturers
Good discussion of a relevant topic
I would like to see more of this kind of CLE.
Excellent presentation. One of the most engaging CLEs I've listened to in a long time.
Extremely well presented by both presentors
Both attorney speakers are very knowledgeable on Constitutional Law. Great Course!
Enjoyable speaker - encouraged to listen to other sessions with the same commentators.
Interesting course. I enjoyed it.
Very informed and engaging speakers and excellent material with enough detail.
This firmly conceived program coupled with crisp conversation and good content makes for a terrific presentation.
I loved the back and forth dialogue between the two presenters!
Very engaging! Highly recommend.