The Federalist Society holds U.S. Supreme Court round-up on Oct. 13

Wake Forest Law’s Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society held a U.S. Supreme Court round-up featuring commentary from Professors Wilson Parker and Ron Wright on upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Worrell Professional Center.

Professor Wright started the conversation by discussing criminal law cases. Wright stressed the rise in U.S. Supreme Court cases involving the 8th Amendment and the decline in cases centered around the 4th Amendment.

Some of the cases and topics Professor Wright discussed included the following.

  • Montgomery v. Louisiana: 8th Amendment and Life Imprisonment for Juveniles
  • Hurst v. Florida: Florida Death Penalty issue
  • Kansas v. Carr and Kansas v. Gleason: 8th Amendment and Death Penalty issues
  • Foster v. Chatman: Race Discrimination

Professor Parker then continued the discussion and spoke about the role Anthony Kennedy would play in the upcoming cases that deal with voting, affirmative action and abortion. Some of the cases and topics Professor Parker discussed included the following.

  • Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin: Affirmative action in education
  • Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission: One person, One vote districting issues
  • Florida v. Georgia and Mississippi v. Tennessee: Whether or not states can seek a right of access to water sources not physically in the boundaries of their state
  • Currier v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which involves Mississippi laws regulating abortion providers and whether or not they are overly burdensome under current law

The Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies is “an organization of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of government is essential to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province of the judiciary to say what the law is-not what it should be,” according to its website.