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SCOTUS Preview 2020 Part I: Criminal and Immigration Law

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Produced on February 03, 2020

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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

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.


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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