10th Annual Supreme Court Watch

4.75 Law & Legal CLE Credits | WSBA Activity ID #1086714

In the 10th annual presentation of this ever-more critical seminar, Professors Andrew Siegel and Charlotte Garden lead a slate of judicial officers, national appellate attorneys and professors through an impact analysis of the major issues engaging the federal courts now and in the foreseeable future. Given the high level of tension facing the country and impacts on the Judicial system, an important look will also be given to the relationship between lower federal courts and the Supreme Court; and the nominations to the Court and the current confirmation process. As always the program will examine the cases accepted for cert in the October 2018 term.


Recorded:  10/19/2018
Credits:  4.75 Law & Legal CLE | WSBA Activity ID #1086714

Featured Speakers:
Lori Ringhand, Deepak Gupta, Andrew Siegel, Charlotte Garden

Professor Siegel began his career clerking for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and has kept his focus on the highest court throughout his distinguished career. Professor Siegel is now a nationally recognized expert on constitutional law and the United States Supreme Court, whose writings on the subject frequently appear in major law journals and in popular outlets such as The Washington Post and The New Republic. Along with Charlotte Garden, Litigation Director for the Korematsu Center for Law & Equality, and an Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law they have focused their 10th Anniversary Supreme Court Watch program on the future of the Court and the challenges emerging in its relationships with the other court systems. As always the program will also look at the most important upcoming programs and its decisions most critical impacts. The program emphasizes through lively discussion how the recent work of the Supreme court impacts lawyers in their cases today.

Featured speakers will include Lori A. Ringhand, J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law; and Deepak Gupta, founding principal of Gupta Wessler PLLC, in Washington, D.C., as well as David Skover, Brooke Coleman, Deborah Ahrens, and Jack Kirkwood of Seattle University School of Law.

Important Note about the Recording of Session 2

Please note that Session 2 on this recording is not available for CLE credit. The audio is missing from the first 12 minutes of the recording, and the remainder of the recording has very poor audio quality. We have included access to the recording, in case you are interested in watching part of Professor Ringhand's presentation.


Agenda and speakers are subject to change

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee  

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Session 1 - Turnover, Conflict, and the Uncertain Future of the United States Supreme Court  


Andrew Siegel, Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law 

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Session 2 - Confirmation Hearings and the 21st Century Court  


Lori A. Ringhand, Professor, University of Georgia School of Law


Andrew Siegel, Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law  

11:15 - 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Session 3 - Litigating before the Supreme Court  


Deepak Gupta, Founding Principal, Gupta Wessler PLLC  


Charlotte Garden, Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law 

12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

Session 4 - Federal Courts: Beyond the Supreme Court  


David Skover, Professor, Seattle University School of Law  

12:45 noon - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)  

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Session 5 - Arbitration & Employment & Civil Procedure  


Charlotte Garden, Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law

Brooke Coleman, Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law  

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.


3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Session 6 - Criminal Law and Business Law  


Deborah Ahrens, Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law

Jack Kirkwood, Professor, Seattle University School of Law  

4:30 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn


Program Chairs

Charlotte Garden

Charlotte Garden is co-Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Litigation Director at the School's Korematsu Center for Law & Equality, and an Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law. She teaches constitutional law, labor law, and appellate litigation, and is and an expert in the regulation of work & workers.

Andrew Siegel

Andrew Siegel is an Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law where he was until recently the Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives. Professor Siegel is a nationally recognized expert on constitutional law and the United States Supreme Court, whose writings on the subject frequently appear in major law journals and in popular outlets such as The Washington Post and The New Republic. Before entering teaching, he received a BA in history summa cum laude from Yale University, an MA in history from Princeton University, and his JD summa cum laude from New York University School of Law, clerked for Judge Pierre Leval and Justice John Paul Stevens, and worked at the law firm now known as WilmerHale.


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.

Brooke Coleman

Professor Coleman's research and teaching interests focus on procedure and procedural justice. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the New York University Law Review, Boston College Law Review, and Notre Dame Law Review, among others. She is also the co-author of an innovative civil procedure casebook, Learning Civil Procedure.

Prior to joining the faculty of Seattle University, Professor Coleman was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School. She also clerked for Honorable David F. Levi, district judge in the Eastern District of California and then-chair of the Standing Committee on the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure. During that time, she worked on a variety of procedural amendments, including the civil rule amendments to account for electronic discovery and the appellate rule amendments governing citation to unpublished opinions. Before her clerkship, she practiced as an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian in Palo Alto, California.

Professor Coleman's teaching interests include civil procedure, advanced litigation, and federal courts. She has received numerous honors for her teaching, including the law school's Outstanding Faculty Award in 2013, 2015, and 2016.

Deepak Gupta

Deepak Gupta is the founding principal of Gupta Wessler PLLC. He focuses on Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation on a wide range of issues, including constitutional law, class actions, and consumers' and workers' rights. Deepak regularly appears in the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts nationwide. In the 2016-2017 U.S. Supreme Court term, Deepak's firm was counsel of record for parties in three merits cases; he was lead counsel in two, prevailing in both. Beyond the Supreme Court, Deepak has handled appeals in every federal circuit and seven state supreme courts.Deepak's clients have included national nonprofits, state and local governments, members of Congress, retail merchants, tech companies, and classes of consumers and workers harmed by corporate wrongdoing. He currently represents the American Association for Justice (on forced arbitration and civil justice issues), Everytown for Gun Safety (in Second Amendment litigation), and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (in litigation over the Emoluments Clauses).

Before founding the firm in 2012, Deepak served as Senior Counsel for Litigation and Senior Counsel for Enforcement Strategy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. As the first appellate litigator hired under Elizabeth Warren's leadership, he launched the Bureau's amicus program, defended its regulations, and worked with the Solicitor General's office on Supreme Court matters. For seven years previously, he was an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where he founded and directed the Consumer Justice Project and was the Alan Morrison Supreme Court Project Fellow. Before that, he worked on voting rights litigation at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, prisoners' rights litigation at the ACLU, and religion clause litigation at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He has taught courses on public interest law and appellate advocacy as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown and American universities and will be a 2018-2019 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk to Judge Lawrence K. Karlton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and studied law at Georgetown, Sanskrit at Oxford, and philosophy at Fordham.

Jack 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.

Lori A. Ringhand

Lori A. Ringhand teaches courses on constitutional law, election law, and state and local government law. She has been a member of the University of Georgia School of Law faculty since 2008 and was named a Hosch Professor in 2012.

She is a nationally known Supreme Court scholar and the author of the book Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change (with Paul M. Collins) published by Cambridge University Press. She also is the co-author of Constitutional Law: A Context and Practices Casebook, which is part of a series of casebooks dedicated to incorporating active teaching and learning methods into traditional law school casebooks. Ringhand recently received a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award to spend the spring 2019 semester as a visiting professor at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Her Fulbright research will explore the different approaches to campaign finance regulation taken by the United States and the United Kingdom.

Ringhand served as the law school's associate dean for academic affairs from 2015 to 2018 and as a UGA Provost's Women Leadership Fellow in 2016-17. She has received the law school's highest teaching honor, the C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2010 and 2015; and the John C. O'Byrne Memorial Faculty Award for Furthering Student-Faculty Relations in 2017.

Ringhand graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as an articles editor on the Wisconsin Law Review. She also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree, awarded with distinction, from the University of Oxford. Before coming to UGA, she served on the faculty of the University of Kentucky College of Law and as a visiting scholar at the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law.

David Skover

Professor Skover is the co-author of several books: Tactics of Legal Reasoning (Carolina Academic Press, 1986) (with Pierre Schlag), The Death of Discourse (Westview Press, 1996; Carolina Academic Press, 2nd ed. 2005) (with Ronald K.L. Collins), The Trials of Lenny Bruce (Sourcebooks, 2002; Top Five Books, 2nd ed. 2012) (with Ronald K.L. Collins), Mania: The Story of the Outraged and Outrageous Lives That Launched a Cultural Revolution (Top Five Books, 2013) (with Ronald K.L. Collins), On Dissent: Its Meaning in America (Cambridge University Press, 2013) (with Ronald K.L. Collins), and a work-in-progress, The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons.

In 2003, Skover and his coauthor, Ron Collins, successfully petitioned Governor Pataki of New York State to posthumously pardon Lenny Bruce. In 2004, Skover received the Washington ACLU First Amendment Award and Skover and Collins received the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award for The Trials of Lenny Bruce and their pardon effort.

Additionally, Professor Skover has authored or co-authored more than twenty-five scholarly articles in various journals, including the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Texas Law Review, The Nation magazine, and encyclopedia articles in Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (Macmillan, 1991), Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan, 2008), and Yale Bibliographical Dictionary of American Law (Yale University Press, 2009).

Professor Skover appears frequently on network affiliate television and has been quoted in the national popular press (e.g. NYT, WSJ, CSM, etc.) on a spectrum of issues ranging from constitutional law to pop media culture and theory. He also is a regionally acclaimed opera and musical theater performer. "Skover Online," his personal Web site, contains much more information on his books, articles, and presentations - and even includes selections from his musical theater recordings on the "Interests & Activities" page.


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Cancellations and Refunds:

The last day to cancel your registration for this program is 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 12, 2018.  A $15 administrative fee is charged for cancellations and the balance will be refunded. After 1 week before the program) cancellations will not receive a refund; however, substitute attendees are welcome. Please inform us of substitutions at cle@seattleu.edu or (206) 398-4281.