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SCOTUS REVIEW: Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer

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Produced on September 12, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 3m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Constitutional Public Interest

Course Description

Join experienced constitutional practitioners Ameer Benno and Erica Dubno for an in-depth analysis of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer. In this course, Ameer and Erica will discuss the background of Trinity and the legal issues at hand in the case. They will take a deep dive into the issue of the separation of Church and State and discuss the Eighth Circuit’s underlying decision, as well as analyze what the different outcomes might look like based on the Court’s ultimate decision in the matter.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the Trinity case background
  2. Identify the main issue before the Court in Trinity
  3. Recognize the potential impact of the Court’s decision

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. 

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 D.

Really well done. >Thanks.

David H.

Super program.

Harrison S.

Well versed; good presentation

Jessica B.

Another great lecture from Ms. Dubno.

Michele K.

Thank you for the course


Excellent analysis of decision

Victoria L. B.

Very good presentation.

Nancy J.

Very interesting and well presented

Camille M.

Ms. Dubno was VERY good.

Patricia W.

My 2 favorite LawLine speakers. Great job!


Very very interesting - very enjoyable course!!

Glen I.

Very good presentation!

Anne S.

Excellent elucidation of all the issues without disclosing who, if anyone, you were rooting for! A rare breath of fresh air.

Trudi L.

very interesting

Sharon A.

Very good presetation

Stacy S.

Great presentation. Remained pretty neutral overall yet wasn't dry!

Paul M.

Best CLE course I have had in 19 years of CLE.

Corey E.

Thank you

Jeffrey Alan G.

Excellent course on many grounds. Learned about the case, getting a case to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court certiorari process, and amicus brief's,

Darrell R. J.

The Dynamic Duo together again--CLEs just do not get any better than when done with these presenters! Coupled with the Lawline format, it's simply the best.

Ronald B.

Great presentation, very good analysis of current developments of the law.

Thaddeus A.

Really outstanding-- one of the most interesting Lawline classes I've taken...and I've taken a lot of them.

Nikki D.

very interesting well done presentation

Elena R.

Great discussion between presenters!

Steve S.

Great work.

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