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Event announcement: SCOTUSblog oral argument seminars (Updated)

The Supreme Court’s decision to hold oral arguments in May 2020 remotely via telephone conference and to make live audio available to the public marks an unprecedented increase in public access to the court. It also offers SCOTUSblog a unique opportunity to educate students about the court and its cases.

With teachers around the country conducting classes remotely, SCOTUSblog is launching a series of virtual seminars on some of the most interesting May oral arguments. For each case, an experienced Supreme Court advocate and an educator with expertise in the topic area will co-host two 30-minute video sessions, one before and one after the argument, targeted toward classes at a certain level. The seminars will cover the basic workings of the court, preview or debrief the argument and discuss how the case relates to the students’ coursework. In between, live audio of the argument will be easily accessible via our website.

Below is a full list of the seminars with links to tune in. Each seminar will also be live-streamed on our website in case the size limit is reached, though viewers of the live-stream will not be able to ask questions.


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office v.
Tejinder Singh, Goldstein & Russell | John Duffy, University of Virginia School of Law
Preview: April 30, 12 p.m. Argument: May 4, 10 a.m. Debrief: May 5, 12 p.m.
Topic: trademarks in marketing and advertising
Audience: undergraduate

Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania
Eric Citron, Goldstein & Russell | Nelson Tebbe, Cornell Law School
Preview: May 1, 12 p.m. Argument: May 6, 10 a.m. Debrief: May 8, 12 p.m.
Topic: separation of church and state
Audience: law school

Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants
Tom Goldstein, Goldstein & Russell | Genevieve Lakier, University of Chicago Law School | Amanda Shanor, University of Pennsylvania
Preview: May 4, 12 p.m. Argument: May 6, 11 a.m. Debrief: May 8, 2 p.m.
Topic: First Amendment
Audience: law school

McGirt v. Oklahoma
Sarah Harrington, Goldstein & Russell | Bob Anderson, Harvard Law School
Preview: May 7, 2 p.m. Argument: May 11, 10 a.m. Debrief: May 12, 1 p.m.
Topic: Native American tribes
Audience: high school

Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru
Kevin Russell, Goldstein & Russell | Daniel Mach, American Civil Liberties Union
Preview: May 6, 1 p.m. Argument: May 11, 11 a.m. Debrief: May 13, 1 p.m.
Topic: separation of church and state
Audience: high school

Trump v. Mazars USA & Trump v. Vance
Amy Howe, Howe on the Court | Steven Mazie, Bard High School Early College
Preview: May 7, 12 p.m. Argument: May 12, 10 a.m. Debrief: May 14, 12 p.m.
Topic: separation of powers
Audience: middle school

Chiafalo v. Washington & Colorado Department of State v. Baca
Amy Howe, Howe on the Court | Cathy Ruffing, Street Law
Preview: May 11, 1 p.m. Argument: May 13, 10 a.m. Debrief: May 15, 12 p.m.
Topic: Electoral College and presidential elections
Audience: middle school

Recommended Citation: Kalvis Golde, Event announcement: SCOTUSblog oral argument seminars (Updated), SCOTUSblog (Apr. 28, 2020, 9:26 AM),