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SCOTUS Preview 2020 Part I: Criminal and Immigration Law

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Course Information

Time 1h 34m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Join experienced constitutional practitioners Ameer Benno and Erica Dubno for Part I of Lawline’s fourth annual SCOTUS Preview, addressing several critical cases that are to be decided in the 2020 Term. In this course, Ameer and Erica will discuss the following upcoming criminal and immigration cases:

  • Kahler v. Kansas: Whether the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments permit a state to abolish the insanity defense.

  • Trump v. Vance: Whether a grand jury subpoena for President Trump’s tax returns violates Article II and the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.

  • New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York: Whether New York City’s ban on transporting a licensed, locked, and unloaded handgun to a home or shooting range outside city limits is consistent with the Second Amendment, the Commerce Clause and the constitutional right to travel.

  • Trump v. NAACP: (1) Whether the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy is judicially reviewable; and (2) whether DHS’s decision to wind down the DACA policy is lawful.

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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

Benno & Associates P.C.

Mr. Benno is an appellate and constitutional law attorney.

He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he served in both the trial division and the appeals bureau. Upon leaving government service, Mr. Benno worked at a premier civil litigation law firm where he focused on civil rights matters in both state and federal courts. In 2009, Mr. Benno opened his own law practice.

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 the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Third Circuit. 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 constitutional law, appellate advocacy, and trial practice.

Mr. Benno has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers for the last 8 years in the areas of First Amendment and civil rights law.

Mr. Benno received his B.A. degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University, and his law degree from Cornell Law School.

You can reach Mr. Benno at abenno@ameerbenno.com or at (212) 227-9300. Follow him across social media at @AmeerBenno.

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 JAG Corps of 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.


Jacqueline B.

Presenters were accurate and wonderful. The predications and speculations were spot on! Thank you.

Jonathan R.

Great material and presentation

Thomas L.

Great presentation. Very informative.

Stephen K.

Really good presenters. They had a good conversation and worked well together.

Wesley K.

Best Video CLE I have viewed - this duo does a great job - keep bringing them back!!

Gabrielle P.

Was particularly interesting to watch given what has unfolded.

Adrienne L.

Great faculty.

Joseph S.

Course faculty provided a good explanation on how these cases were decided by the lower courts and how the litigants framed their arguments to SCOTUS.

Edward M.

Very good presentation

robert f.

Great program

Kelly H.

Excellent overviews, speakers interacted well which made it easy to listen to.

Michael K.


richard b.

Among the best lectures if not the best.the best; very well presented.

Cullen M.

Lively presentation. Easy to follow.

Paula M.

Both presenters were excellent. Well done!

Catherine H.

great presenters, great information, and thanks for the slides and materials, thanks again for a good program

Martin F.

Looking forward to Part II

Elizabeth B.


Charles S.

I love these two - hope they continue to do the scotus updates in years to come!

Rosalyn A.

Excellent presentation

Bryan S.

I look forward to watching this video every year for my CLE credits and to learn more about important Supreme Court cases. One of the best CLEs available.

Allison K.

Very well done!

Joshua M.

Such excellent summaries of both sides of each case. Hard to find neutral and knowledgeable presenters like these! I'm watching as many of their presentations as I can!

Anne P.

Very nicely done and enjoyable. Great discussions.

Todd L.

Great stuff

Lewis L.

excellent lecturers

Michael P.

Thoughtful and well organized

Michael W.

Great presentation

Robert B.

one of the best programs i have seen on lawline

Robin H.


rosemarie p.

Excellent course

Dominic P.

Excellent overview and presentation

Brian S.

Very clear and articulate presentation !

Steven B.

SCOTUS updates are always the best presentations.

Stephen P.

I gave a few 2s here just because I pretty much had heard all these points from other sources, but a good presentation and faculty.

Daniel H.

Good overview of the term

Joseph R.

very well presented both as to delivery and as to content

Julie A. B.

Presenters ably discuss critical criminal and immigration cases to be decided in the 2020 Term.

Victoria T.

This was an excellent overview. Well done!

Annmarie C.

This was an excellent program. The lecturers explained each of the cases extremely well, both in terms of the facts and the procedural posture. That last case certainly has a complicated procedural history! I definitely will watch Part I of this SCOTUS Course. Great job!

James G.

Absolutely excellent. I really like the SCOTUS preview and review CLEs.

Barbara S.

Very well presented and substantive.

Donald L. M.

These folks are always good

Reese S.

Really interesting perspectives.

Peter L.

I would highly recommend this course. Excellent and impartial analysis of interesting and challenging Supreme Court cases.

Andrew D.


Vincent O.

Excellent presentation.

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