September 18, 2018
Supreme Court Institute Executive Director Irv Gornstein moderated a lineup of experts: former Solicitor General and Georgetown Law Distinguished Lecturer Paul D. Clement (F’88) of Kirkland & Ellis; Nicole A. Saharsky of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Georgetown Law Professor Martin S. Lederman; former Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., of Munger, Tolles & Olson, and Kannon K. Shanmugam of Williams & Connolly.
“Last term was a term of blockbusters, most of which fizzled out,” said Professor Irv Gornstein, as he introduced Georgetown Law’s annual Supreme Court Institute press preview on September 17. “This term, by contrast, doesn’t have any blockbusters to begin with — but I think a more accurate caption for this term is the calm before the storm. We’re headed for a whole new world, and the only real question, I think, is how far we are going to go and how fast we are going to get there.”
Executive Director Gornstein, who heads the Supreme Court Institute with Director Dori Bernstein and Professor Steve Goldblatt, moderated an all-star lineup of experts to unpack the upcoming Supreme Court term: former Solicitor General and Georgetown Law Distinguished Lecturer Paul D. Clement (F’88) of Kirkland & Ellis; Georgetown Law Professor Martin S. Lederman; Nicole A. Saharsky of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Kannon K. Shanmugam of Williams & Connolly; and former Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., of Munger, Tolles & Olson outlined the issues for local and national media.
Nicole A. Saharsky and Professor Martin Lederman.
The first topic was the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — examining not qualifications or controversy but the potential impact to the Court of any new justice nominated during the current presidential administration. Abortion, affirmative action, presidential power, religion and the death penalty/solitary confinement were five areas where a new justice could move the Court in a different jurisprudential direction than with retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, the …