Town Halls

Before the Court

Preview of the Supreme Court
2017-2018 Term

Join Dr. John C. Eastman, founding director of the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, for our September tele-town hall. Dr. Eastman will be joined by Professor Anthony T. Caso, director of the Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, which is sponsored by the Claremont Institute’s own Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence.

During this town hall, we will give a brief overview of the upcoming 2017-2018 Supreme Court term. We will also address a couple of the more controversial issues in the legal news over the past month: President Trump’s pardon of former Mariposa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Attorney General Sessions’ announcement that the President is rescinding President Obama’s illegal DACA program. We will additionally explore the pace of confirmations by the U.S. Senate of executive and judicial officers since President Trump came into office.

On September 25, the Supreme Court returns to work with its “long conference,” considering all the petitions filed over the summer asking the Court to review cases. We will learn which cases are “in,” and which are “out,” a few days later. The Court then officially begins its new term the following Monday, October 2.  After more than a year of 4-4 split decisions on controversial matters following Justice Scalia’s death, new Justice Neal Gorsuch will potentially be there to potentially break any lingering deadlock, and the Court appears poised to hear a slew of important matters. We will also consider the major cases at our monthly town hall programs following each month’s oral argument sitting.

Dr. Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. He served as a law clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas in 1996-97. Dr. Eastman currently serves as the chairman for the National Organization for Marriage.