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SCOTUS Preview 2019 Part I: Criminal Cases

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Course Information

Time 1h 38m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Constitutional

Course Description

Join experienced constitutional practitioners Ameer Benno and Erica Dubno for Part I of Lawline’s third annual SCOTUS Preview, addressing several critical cases that are to be decided in the 2019 Term. In this course, Ameer and Erica will discuss the following upcoming criminal cases:

  • Gamble v. United States

  • Garza v. Idaho

  • Madison v. Alabama

  • Nielsen v. Preap

  • Timbs v. Indiana

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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.


Denise S.

Excellent. Thank you!

Debra H.

Excellent; riveting.

Mary R.

Another great presentation by these two. Congratulations on a job very well done! Looking forward to your 2020 SCOTUS preview!

Paul A.

Interesting review, I appreciated the back and forth discussion

Pamella M.

Excellent program; interesting and enjoyed the authentic dynamic between the speakers; time flew by!

Linda H.

This is ‘the best of Lawline’. Great speakers. Great slides. Great discussion

Catherine H.

I really wish you had more up to date SCOTUS panels.

Chelsey K.

Really enjoyed the program! Great presentation.

John M.

Excellent summary of cases

Daniel D.

Excellent presentation. The two speakers kept it moving and filled with information, analysis , and where necessary their opinions on Justices siding or not siding with the lower court.

Jeremy S.

Enjoying the SCOTUS CLEs the most. Thank you.

Ken M.

Very helpful and engaging discussion

Victor P.

Very interesting and provocative discussions.

Karin V.

Good dialogue between the presenters to highlight different issues.

William P.

Excellent Overview of the Supreme Court

Eric H.

Engaged and knowledgeable presenters who covered much ground without unnecessary detail.

Joseph-Jacques L.

engaging presentation, excellent speakers

Kyle R.

Interesting presentation

William A.


Laurie P.

Very interesting session with good discussion between the two presenters.

Linda K.

Excellent presenters on a very interesting topic.

Elizabeth S.

Great presentation.

Kristopher B.

This was a good one.

Zakiyah B.

Outstanding presentation. So informative!

William S.

Very interesting

Marshall F.

The two instructors are excellent; I can see why this is their third year doing this!

Rufus W.

One of the best I have listened to

Karen D.

Very interesting and convenient!

Catina W.

Excellent course review.

Kim M.

Very good presentation, well informed presenters

Steven H.

Thank you for the volume of significant and substantive written materials - seriously!

Wendy S.

Engaging and informative.

Gary F.

Excellent program, well balanced, Looking forward to the brogan on the civil side.

Guy L.

Excellent, learned, and insightful discussion of important issues, currently under review. I highly recommend.

Daphne P.

Great series. I will watch these every year

Dennis S.

Both lecturers were very good. Content was also very informative.

Lauren N.

Great class!

Lewis L.

Excellent discussion, thanks.

Anne M.

Great discussion

Marcus P.

Fantastic course. Love it.

Richard A.

Very interesting and well done.

Alexander L.

The faculty did a very nice presentation. I liked the way they alternated with each other and discussed whether they agreed or disagreed with each other's points or theories. It made it more interesting than a standard presentation with one or two people speaking directly to you.

Monica G.

Great program. The presenters were both very knowledgeable and dynamic. It is the best CLE on lawline thus far.

Sarah R.

This was interesting from an intellectual perspective - brought me back to my law school days! Interesting for purposes of the mental exercise in thinking of how SCOTUS will rule and very well-presented.


Excellent and very interesting

Carol T.

These presenters are engaging and informative. Excellent job!

Susan K.

Excellent program

Brad M.

I really enjoyed the presenters actually talking through both sides of the cases. Well worth the extra time to actually dig into them. Hopefully there will be a follow-up after the decisions are rendered.

howard b.


Francesca F.

I love how the two presenters discuss the cases together. So insightful.

Thomas C.


Pauline M.

I always enjoy the SCOTUS Preview classes by these presenters.

Janet P.

Very well presented!

Lisa L.

CLE is often a burden lawyers just endure. THIS program, however, was the BEST I've ever attended! Such a fine job the presenters did: well-spoken, clear slides/written materials, great material. I'll join you at 2:30 for the next SCOTUS preview!

Lenore J.

This was a great program with nicely detailed presentations of the current cases at the Supreme Court.

R. Christopher R.

Fascinating as always

Danielle W.

Engaging, informative presentation.

Chalin S.

SUPER interesting. Thanks!

Thomas L.

Excellent overview and discussion. Well worth the time to attend.

William S.

Well done.

Hilary J.

Such a good seminar! The speakers were great.

Thom G.

Great job by both presenters. Enjoyable and in-depth discussion.

Barbara T.

Great program!

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