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SCOTUS Preview 2018

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Produced on January 30, 2018

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Course Information

Time 122 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Join experienced constitutional practitioners Ameer Benno and Erica Dubno for Lawline's second annual SCOTUS Preview, addressing several critical cases that are to be decided in the 2018 Term. In this course, Ameer and Erica will discuss the following upcoming cases:

  • Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
  • Gill v. Whitford
  • Class v. U.S.
  • Jesner v. Arab Bank
  • McCoy v. Louisiana
  • Christie v. NCAA
  • Carpenter v. U.S.
  • Jennings v. Rodriguez

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify eight critical cases to be decided in 2018
  2. Address the legal issues at hand in each case
  3. Recognize the potential impact of each decision

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit


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

Ameer Benno, Attorney at Law

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.


Sheldon M.

Great course!

Kristen R.

I enjoyed the course.

Kristin R.

This was the best program I have listened to this year.

Mark S.

Good content and explanation

Richard S.

Found Amir's presentation to be exceptionally easy to follow. His enthusiasm for the subject made it easy to stay focused,

Zachary J.

great presentation!

Richard V.

Great speakers

Gordon S.

Comprehensive coverage of several important areas of the law.

Owen H.

One of the best and most interesting CLEs I have attended on line.

Kimberly P.

Excellent program!! So interesting and well presented!

Kenneth H.

enjoyable and highly instructive.

Peter B.

Great discussion that was both in depth and accessible.

Emma T.

Good course!

Linda T.

The lecturers were the BEST!

Jeffrey W.

Excellent presentation by both speakers.

Michael A.

Excellent - very informative and engaging.

Theresa B.

Best course I have experienced thus far! Please keep providing these reviews.

Erin H.

Very well done! Enjoyed it.

Michael W.

The teachers really nailed it, particularly with respect to the first two cases discussed, the Colorado baker case and the Wisconsin gerrymandering case!

Matthew M.

This could, easily, have been a three hour program.

Jim V.


Kyoko I.

Great presenters! and material.

Brad S.

This was the best course I have viewed on Lawline.

Michael H.


Peter V.

Good to have 2 presenters

Charlie N.

Fascinating cases. Thanks!

Lorenzo L.

Faculty was well prepared and presented the materials expertly.

Steven D.


Cheryl R.

This course was the best one yet!

Kirk L.


Mary Ellen C.

Excellent presentation

Mark R.

This program makes us aware of cases presenting issues that can create monumental changes in the law

Thomas S.

This was a very good basic overview of the US Supreme Court calendar. Also, I enjoyed seeing an old classmate from BLS!

Renee C.

The presenters were outstanding. This CLE was truly compelling due to many of these cases being currently in the headlines. This is my first time listening to a SCOTUS preview.

Michael S.

Great presentation despite knowing the outcome of most of the cases.

Napha T.

Great presentation!

Andrew B.

Very good commentary on upcoming cases

Robert S.

Great presentation

Margaret G.

This was very well done.

Lisa W.

Excellent...my first Lawline CLE. I am impressed.

Kevin L.

Excellent presentation!

Deborah Lynn W.

Very interesting!

Daniel H.

Strong presentation of the issues in the eight important SCOTUS cases covered. The written materials are excellent, and the faculty was very effective.

Henry G.

Excellent, informative course.

Katie F.

i need to do this course every year! great way to become acquainted with what is granted cert

Georgianne M.

The presenters were particularly clear and articulate and really presented the material in a way that was incredibly simple to follow. The best course I have taken thus far!

Mary B.

Excellent program

Katherine S.

on a scale of 1 to 4, this program deserves a 5

Scott R.


Elizabeth J.


Kenneth R.

Interesting program. Well done.

Mary F.

Very well done, thorough presentation.

Maria B.

I would attend this CLE wit these presenters annually.

William B.

Good course.

Nikki M.

The faculty were clearly interested in the subjects and were really engaging. They seemed genuinely excited to be talking about these issues, which was refreshing.

Michael S.

Great program and an enormous amount of good information and details in here.

Janee S.

Very engaging discussion. Great presentation.

Adam S.

Possibly my favorite CLE in years.

James S.


Patrick D.

Extremely interesting overview of Supreme Court's 2018 term

Therese H.

Good overview.

Renee B.

excellent - detailed overview of cases before the Sup. Ct. articulating both sides of controversy

Jeffrey Alan G.

Once again, Erica and Ameer clearly lay out the issues and completely analyze both sides in a balanced and informative manner. Thanks.

Patricia B.

Excellent, interesting, well informed presenters.

Carolyn B.

This was an excellent program

Anne W.

Great topic!!

Sarah B.

Good program to repeat live each year.

David M.

Really Good!!!

Pauline M.

I always enjoy the SCOTUS Preview classes by these presenters.

Bruce K.

This was one of the best Lawline presentations of the year. Thank you.


Excellent Program

David P.

The presenters were both excellent, and the material was very interesting.

James P.

Good cases

Antoine M.

Detailed review on pending cases. Lawline support and Moderators fantastic!

cheryl t.


J Gregory F.

great info, well presented

Janine B.

Excellent webinar

Shaun E.

great faculty, good presentation

Carly N.

Interesting presenters and great overview.

Diane S.

Extremely informative.

Martza M.

Well organized. Thank you

Anna R.

This is one of the best I've seen to date.

Lisa M.

Love how timely and topical this way - great job Ameer

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