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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
Categories Constitutional

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

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.


Linda H.

This is ‘the best of Lawline!!!’ Good job

Anne P.

These two are excellent!

Karen B.

I really enjoyed their rapport and description of cases and law pertaining to analysis. I would recommend. Thank you

James W.

very interesting

Kris Z.

Good discussion of the arguments on both sides.

Alden G.

Great presentation

Jeremy S.

I like these SCOTUS ones. Thanks

Stephen E.

Good dialogue between the presenters. Impressive.

William P.

Informative and relevant

Eric H.

The presenters were better on the criminal cases, but the information was still helpful and well presented.

Eric C.

Great and efficient summary of recent case law - moved quickly but still very informative.

Linda K.

In my opinion, these are the best Lawline presenters. They work so well together and are very engaging. They hold my attention and are genuinely intellectually connected to the subject matter.

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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