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SCOTUS Review: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

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Produced on November 27, 2018

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Course Information

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

Course Description

On June 4, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued a 7-2 decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop that, while narrow, made waves. Masterpiece juxtaposed the rights of a gay couple to obtain a wedding cake under Colorado’s anti-discrimination law against the rights of a bakery owner, who believes that requiring the bakery to provide a wedding cake for an LGBT wedding violates the constitutional rights to freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion.

Experienced Supreme Court practitioner Erica Dubno discusses this important recent decision, the details of the narrow ruling, and its potential consequences. Join Ms. Dubno for this discussion of Masterpiece, including comments from multiple Supreme Court Justices and a discussion of different applications of the First Amendment. This course is relevant for practitioners at all levels.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the history, procedures, arguments, and holding of recent Supreme Court authority
  2. Consider the consequences of Supreme Court authority on subsequent related cases
  3. Discuss the question of the First Amendment as a “shield” or “sword”

Credit Information

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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. 


David F.

Very good presentation. Even-handed and thoughtful.

Stacey W.

Excellent presentation!

John A.

Well-balanced discussion

Duane B.

Excellent course and excellent discussion of both sides of the arguments!

Carolyn G.

I really appreciate your comment about all constitutional rights having equal standing because I think we are in an area where we really do need to figure out a way to coexist to live together to respect each other and I think that the masterpiece KK shows a great example of a guy who attempted to do that he wasn’t hostile he was willing to give them any other kind of cake or even a non-custom cake but he just wasn’t going to involve him self in what is considered to be essential activity and to me that’s a good model for how to move forward and in an area where there are so many unsettled competing values thank you very much

Vanessa S.

Great speaker!



Brian H.

Excellent change of pace from other courses. Good "discussion"

Jeannine R.

Very clear and concise

Michelle I.

Erica is an outstanding presenter. I have been specifically seeking out her programs which are typically excellent.

elizabeth d.

Best analysis yet. Great course

Amy B.

Top speaker. Very organized and well-spoken.

Zakiyah B.

Fantastic presentation!

Stacie F.

Lecturer was incredible

Monica S.

Instructor is always excellent in delineating the facts and Courts positions on each case she reviews! Very informative.

Linda K.

Very good and informative.

Anne Marie D.

Excellent program.

Brett C.

Lovely overview of the case given as objectively as reasonably possible.

Emma B.

Loved the speaker.

Ed P.

Excellent presentation! The pictures of the cakes the bakery makes were very helpful in informing my opinion of what the Supreme Court did in this case.

edward s.

Wonderful. Very informative and very fair especially in light of the hotly contested issues. The fairness is much appreciated

Brian S.

The presenter did an outstanding job of valuing both sides of a very controversial case

Errol T.

Very informative presentation.

Maria T.

Excellent! Very Balanced Presentation. Great speaker and top notch organization of subject matter

Nancy O.

Like the excerpts from the various opinions

Amy B.

Nice job presenting both sides, as well as the final decision.

Maureen F.

Very interesting and thorough presentation.

Patricia S.

The best course I have taken on Law Line to date. The instructor was fabulous!

Erica R.

Loved this course.

Lewis L.

Ms. Dubno is an excellent presenter. Insightful, deeply understands the subject matter, and very easy to listen to.

Carter B.

I appreciated that the instructor was very respective of both sides in analyzing this case.

Siobhan C.

Awesome. Engaging presenter, she's really good. I followed this case, but still learned a lot from this - some details I hadn't heard before and really nice, nuanced review of the holding and how the Justices ruled. She seems to be very experienced before SCOTUS and she is animated and interesting.

Donald L.


Joseph S.

Quite an interesting and thorough overview! Thanks!

Clarence S.

Excellent presentation of important area of Constitutional law.

Stefanie L.

Very interesting and very thorough explanation of the case history. The presenter did a wonderful job presenting both sides.

Christopher R. C.

Super course. Thank you.

Jeff G.

she was excellent. engaging voice and manner. balanced presentation. distilled positions and distinctions nicely

Deborah P.

Excellent presentation. Very respectful of both sides of the issue.

Elisheva S.

Very thorough and understandable.

Deena M.

This was a fantastic breakdown of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case and really broke down the narrow ruling

Brian M.

Exceptionally timely and interesting. Very good presenter.

Robert S.

Excellent Presentation.

Kathleen W.

Excellent presenter!

Susan T.

Really enjoyed this class.

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