9th Annual Supreme Court Watch: In the Age of Trump

5.5 Law and Legal CLE Credits | WSBA Activity ID #1052315

In ​the ​9th ​annual ​presentation ​of ​this ​popular ​seminar, ​Professor ​Andrew ​Siegel, ​nationally ​recognized ​constitutional ​law ​expert ​and ​former ​law ​clerk ​to ​Justice ​John ​Paul ​Stevens, ​will ​lead ​a ​slate ​of ​local ​and ​national ​appellate ​attorneys ​and ​professors ​through ​an ​analysis ​of ​the ​major ​issues ​that ​will ​occupy ​the ​federal ​courts ​in ​the ​foreseeable ​future. ​The ​program ​will ​focus ​on ​the ​stream ​of ​constitutional ​challenges ​filed ​or ​contemplated ​in ​response ​to ​the ​presidency ​of ​Donald ​Trump, ​as ​well ​as ​cases ​accepted ​for ​cert ​in ​the ​October ​2017 ​term.


Recorded:  10/20/2017
Credits:  5.5 Law and Legal CLE | WSBA Activity ID #1052315
Length: 5 hours, 36 minutes

Featured Speakers:
Andrew Siegel, Steven Vladeck, Andrew McCanse Wright, Deborah Ahrens, Lorraine Bannai, Robert Chang, John Kirkwood

Interpreting the Constitution and Protecting the Rule of Law in the Age of Trump and beyond.  A superb faculty will addresses the major issues and controversies that are occupying the federal courts now and likely for many years to come.  The program provides focus on the stream of constitutional challenges filed or contemplated in response to the unprecedented Presidency of Donald Trump, and covers cases ranging from Immigration, National Security and Executive Privilege, along with Criminal Procedure and much more.


8:30-9:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee Service

9-9:05 a.m.

Introductions and program overview

Speaker: Andrew Siegel, Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law

9:05-10:20 a.m.

National Security and the Federal Courts in the Age of Trump

Speaker: Stephen I. Vladeck, Professor, University of Texas School of Law

10:20-10:35 a.m.


10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

Constitutional Questions and Challenges: Big Cases, A Volatile Era, and a New Court.

Speaker: Andrew Siegel, Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law

Professor Siegel will sketch out and offer commentary on the major issues and controversies that are likely to occupy the federal courts in the coming years, focusing in particular on the stream of constitutional challenges filed or comtemplated in response to the unprecedented Presidency of Donald Trump. He will focus his attention on the future of the United States Supreme Court, exploring both the many constitutional issues raised by the presidency of Donald Trump and the broader battle for control of a sharply divided Court.

11:35-12:45 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

12:45-2:15 p.m.

Immigration and the Constitution in the Age of Trump

Speakers: Lorraine Bannai, Professor of Lawyering Skills; Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Seattle University School of Law

Robert S. Chang, Executive Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law

2:15-2:30 p.m.


2:30-3:30 p.m.

The Legislature, the President and the Dept. of Justice

Speaker: Andy Wright, Professor, Savannah Law School, Former Associate White House Counsel

3:30-4:30 p.m.

And Now for the Rest of the Story
  • Criminal Procedure - Carpenter v. U.S., No. 16-402

Speaker: Deborah Ahrens, Associate Professor of Law, William C. Oltman Profesor of Teaching Excellence, Seattle University School of Law

  • Procedure and Federal Courts and other major cases slated to be addressed this term will be discussed including:
  • Public Unions and the 1st Amendment

Speaker: John B. Kirkwood, Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law

4:30 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn




Andrew Siegel

Professor Andrew Siegel joined the law school in 2007 after five years teaching at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Before entering the legal academy, Professor Siegel served as a law clerk to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court and practiced as a litigation associate in the New York office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Professor Siegel graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, has a master's degree in history from Princeton University, and graduated summa cum laude and first in his class from New York University School of Law, where he was also an Executive Editor of the New York University Law Review.

Professor Siegel researches and writes about constitutional theory, contemporary constitutional and public law, American legal history, and criminal procedure. He is a nationally recognized expert on the United States Supreme Court, who frequently lectures on that subject in a variety of academic and professional settings. He is a co-author of The Supreme Court Sourcebook (with Richard Seamon, Joe Thai, and Kathryn Watts) and his scholarship has appeared in a variety of journals including the Texas, Fordham, and UC-Davis Law Reviews and the American Journal of Criminal Law. He is currently at work on a variety of projects including an annotated collection of Justice Stevens's writings, a cultural history of the first generation of American law schools, and articles exploring the structure of due process doctrine, the concept of "constitutional culture," and the evolution of thinking about the constitutionality of public school uniforms and dress codes. His writings for the popular press include "Nice Disguise: Alito's Frightening Geniality," (The New Republic, November 15, 2005) and "Farewell to Justice Stevens from those who Knew Him Well" (Washington Post, April 9, 2010) (with Joe Thai and Eduardo Penalver).

In his years at SU, Professor Siegel has chaired the Executive, Faculty Appointments, and Curriculum Committees, coordinated the Faculty Law Firm initiative, and served in a variety of other leadership capacities.


Deborah Ahrens

Deborah Ahrens is a tenured Associate Professor who teaches and writes about criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence. Before joining the faculty at Seattle University, Professor Ahrens served as a law clerk for Judge Amalya Kearse of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a legal fellow at the ACLU's Drug Policy Litigation Project, an Assistant Public Defender at the Richland County (South Carolina) Public Defender, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. She earned an AB in Public Policy from Brown University, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and her JD Magna Cum Laude from New York University, where she was the senior articles editor of the Law Review.

Professor Ahrens' scholarship focuses on the cultural significance of contemporary policing practices and criminal sanctioning regimes, with particular emphasis on drug policy and on the regulation of student speech and conduct. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals including the American Criminal Law Review, the Florida State Law Review, and the Missouri Law Review. Her current research focuses on the Supreme Court's recent embrace of a broader understanding of the role of the criminal defense attorney in its criminal procedure decisions, on the rise of school uniforms and restrictive student dress codes, and on some of the unexplored frontiers in the legal regulation of alternative criminal sanctions. She is highly regarded teacher who was voted Professor of the Year by the May 2014 graduating class and a frequent speaker at academic and professional events on a wide variety of criminal procedure, evidence, and sentencing issues.

Lorraine Bannai

After earning her J.D., Professor Bannai was a partner with the San Francisco firm of Minami, Lew & Tamaki. While in practice, she was part of the legal team in Korematsu v. United States, an action that successfully challenged Mr. Korematsu's conviction for violating military orders removing Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. Prior to joining the Seattle University faculty in 1996, Professor Bannai directed the academic support program at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law; taught at the University of San Francisco, the John F. Kennedy, and the New College of California Schools of Law; and was a visiting associate professor in Western Washington University's Law and Diversity Program.

Robert S. Chang

Robert S. Chang is a Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. He has also previously served as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. He joined the School of Law from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he was Professor of Law and J. Rex Dibble Fellow. A graduate of Princeton and Duke Universities, he writes primarily in the area of race and interethnic relations. He is the author of "Disoriented: Asian Americans, Law and the Nation-State" (NYU Press 1999), co-editor of "Minority Relations: Intergroup Conflict and Cooperation" (University Press of Mississippi 2017), and more than 50 articles, essays, and chapters published in leading law reviews and books on Critical Race Theory, LatCrit Theory, and Asian American Legal Studies.

He has received numerous recognitions for his scholarship and service. He was the 2009 co-recipient of the Clyde Ferguson Award, given by the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools, which is "granted to an outstanding law teacher who in the course of his or her career has achieved excellence in the areas of public service, teaching and scholarship." He became an elected member of the American Law Institute in 2012, and he was the co-recipient of the 2014 Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award from the Legal Foundation of Washington for his leadership role in a statewide task force on race and the criminal justice system. In addition to co-chairing the task force, he led the research team that produced its Preliminary Report on Race and Washington's Criminal Justice System that was presented to the Washington Supreme Court and was published simultaneously in the Gonzaga Law Review, the Seattle University Law Review, and the Washington Law Review. The Korematsu Center that he founded has also received numerous recognitions for its work.

He is currently serving as co-counsel representing high school students in Tucson who have challenged the constitutionality of an Arizona statute that resulted in the termination of the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District. That case, after several years and a positive ruling at the Ninth Circuit went to trial in summer 2017, with an order issued in August 2017 finding that the statute had been enacted and enforced in violation of the 1st and 14th Amendments. He is also serving as co-counsel in two cases in Alaska challenging the involuntary psychiatric hospitalization and forced psychotropic medication of Native foster children. Students from his Civil Rights Clinic have assisted on these and other cases.

John B. Kirkwood

John B. Kirkwood is a Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law and a member of the American Law Institute. He is a Senior Fellow of the American Antitrust Institute, an Adviser to the Institute of Consumer Antitrust Studies, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Antitrust and Economic Regulation Section of the Association of American Law Schools. The Supreme Court has quoted him, he won the Jerry S. Cohen Award for the best antitrust scholarship of 2012, and he has been published over forty times. He speaks frequently at antitrust conferences and consults and testifies on antitrust cases. He was a Co-Editor of Research in Law and Economics for eight years. He has testified before Congress and at the hearings on predatory pricing held by the FTC and the Justice Department. The New York Times, USA Today, and many other print and broadcast media have quoted him. After graduating from Yale magna cum laude and with Honors of Exceptional Distinction in Economics, he received a master's degree in public policy and a law degree from Harvard, both with honors. He directed the Planning Office, the Evaluation Office, and the Premerger Notification Program at the FTC's Bureau of Competition in Washington, D.C. and later managed cases and investigations at the Northwest Regional Office. At Seattle University, he has received the Outstanding Faculty Award and the Dean's Medal.

Stephen I. Vladeck

Stephen I. Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) is a professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law. His teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, and national security law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, Vladeck's prolific and widely cited scholarship has appeared in an array of legal publications - including the Harvard Law Review and the Yale Law Journal - and his popular writing has been published in forums ranging from the New York Times to BuzzFeed. Vladeck, who is CNN's Supreme Court analyst and a co-author of Aspen Publishers' leading national security law and counterterrorism law casebooks, frequently represents parties or amici in litigation challenging government counterterrorism policies, and has authored reports on related topics for a wide range of organizations-including the First Amendment Center, the Constitution Project, and the ABA's Standing Committee on Law and National Security. Together with Professor Bobby Chesney, Vladeck co-hosts the popular "National Security Law Podcast."

Professor Vladeck, who spent the first 11 years of his career teaching at the University of Miami and American University Washington College of Law, has won numerous awards for his teaching, his scholarship, and his service to the legal profession. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a senior editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy, co-editor in-chief of the Just Security blog, a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog, a Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Supreme Court Fellow at the Constitution Project, a member of the Advisory Committee to the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and a fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law. He is also a member of the Board of Academic Advisors of the American Constitution Society, and the advisory boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the National Institute of Military Justice (NIMJ), and the RAND History of U.S. Military Policy.

A 2004 graduate of Yale Law School, Vladeck clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. While a law student, he was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Student Director of the Balancing Civil Liberties & National Security Post-9/11 Litigation Project, and he was awarded the Potter Stewart Prize for Best Team Performance in Moot Court and the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for Outstanding Moot Court Oralist. He earned a B.A. summa cum laude with Highest Distinction in History and Mathematics from Amherst College in 2001, where he wrote his senior thesis on "Leipzig's Shadow: The War Crimes Trials of the First World War and Their Implications from Nuremberg to the Present."

Andrew McCanse Wright

Andy Wright is Associate Professor at Savannah Law School. He teaches constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, presidential powers, and federal criminal law. He joined the law faculty after serving in the White House as Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama. Previously, Professor Wright worked in Congress conducting oversight of U.S. national security matters. Professor Wright began his legal career as Assistant Counsel to Vice President Al Gore in the Clinton White House.

Professor Wright has also worked in the Washington, D.C. office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and the Morgantown, West Virginia office of Jackson Kelly PLLC. In Morgantown, he taught presidential powers and federal criminal law at West Virginia University College of Law.

His research focuses on separation-of-powers conflict in matters of congressional oversight and national security. He is a Founding Editor of Just Security (www.justsecurity.org), an online forum on national security, international law, and human rights hosted by N.Y.U. School of Law.

Professor Wright graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Lee University with a B.A. in politics. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. ProfessorWright is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. He grew up in Corvallis, Oregon.


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