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SCOTUS Preview 2019 Part II: Civil Cases

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Produced on January 29, 2019

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Course Information

Time 93 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Join experienced constitutional practitioners Ameer Benno and Erica Dubno for Part II 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 civil cases:

  • American Legion v. American Humanist Assn.

  • Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp v. Wall St.

  • Frank v. Gaos

  • Nieves v. Bartlett

  • Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers v. Byrd

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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

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.


Lori K.

Good discussion. Well informed speakers.

Marsha W.

Very good presentation.

gina m.

Superb presentation, not a dull moment. Very engaging and interesting. These two are passionate about the subject matter and generous in explaining the issues.

Cody D.

Loved the back and forth between presenters

Rena S.

Very interesting

Trevor C.

Outstanding presenters. Very interesting topics and excellent analysis.

Theresa C.

Great presentation. Clear and engaging speakers.

Michael T.

Erica Dubno and Ameer Benno's series of Supreme Court previews have quickly become my favorite courses on Lawline. Very well done, highly recommended.

Rufus W.

Fascinating discussion

Stephen K.

Excellent presenters and presentation.

Kim M.

Great presentation, very informed presenters, and style of presentation was easy to follow

G. Christine P.

It would be a lot of fun to have them come back to review their predictions. Both really good presenters and very interesting.

Martha L.

Really helpful

Wendy S.

Great presentation.

Gary F.

I thought the two 2019 SCOTUS seminars were excellent.

Guy L.

Another wonderfully informative course by this faculty team. I plan to take all their scotus reviews courses that I can find.

mollie m.


William Z.

Excellent overview of the 5 selected cases. Adequate amount of time given to each case. Well presented and good analysis of the arguments being made by each side.

Matt S.

I really appreciated Amber’s insights to the pending cases!

Dennis S.

I watched the criminal course with the same faculty and thought this was equally well done.

John F.

Outstanding. Perhaps the single most informative AND INTERESTINGLY PRESENTED CLE that I've ever watched online. Loved the dual presenter format, which is MUCH more interest and less boring that the standard single presenter format.

Bryan S.

This was a very well done program. The electronic materials were very well done and informative.

Daphne P.

Great speakers and engaging material

Marcus P.

This is great. I love this CLE.

Harold B.

Very interesting and well presented program

Alexander L.

Same comment I had to part I of the SCOTUS outlook--the presenters did an excellent job, and their dynamic style made the course fun to watch.

Krzysztof W.

Great presenters!

Monica G.

Excellent course. I enjoyed this course very much. Thank you, the presenters are the best I've seen on Lawline.

Eva A.

Well presented and very good discussion of the cases between the presenters

Michael Q.

Best CLE presentation I’ve listened to yet.


Excellent. A pleasure to listen to.

Sarah R.

This was one of the most interesting courses I've completed. I'll be following these cases. Really appreciated the outline and commentary on ruling predictions.

Susan K.

Great program. Comprehensive and informative. Well done.

Darrell R. J.

Erica and Ameer’s SCOTUS review, analysis and commentary are preeminent Lawline offerings, and are always first-rate presentations that are much anticipated by those who want reliable, insightful, and cogent information on key cases before the Supreme Court. Superb legal duo that are not to be missed whenever they grace us with a course on Lawline.

nazmeen s.

Good presentation

William P.

First time I have taken this subject area for CLE and I enjoyed the topics; and the presenters were especially good at interacting with each other (i.e. they had good chemistry) and made the program lively and interesting.

Karen S.

Excellent coverage of the pending civil cases and the impacts they may/not have.

Thomas C.

One of the best courses I've taken - in part because the subject of constitutional law is so thought-provoking and in part because of how effectively the cases presented were discussed by the faculty. I definitely will next listen to their companion program on pending criminal cases before the Supreme Court.

Yaa H.

Excellent program, very relevant and I was pleased with how recent the cases were. The American Legion case was particularly interesting.

Thom G.

Great class

William S.

Again, well done. Thank you.

Hilary J.

I loved this seminar! Places in my area practice with this plane of civil rights. Speakers were excellent!

Joseph H.

Good speakers

June C.


Deena M.

This was a terrific over view of 5 cases before the Supreme Court

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