John S. Ross, III (Jack), attorney, WISE instructor on the Supreme Court and Constitutional Law.
The goal of the Supreme Court SIG is to provide WISE members with an understanding of how the Supreme Court functions and discuss notable decisions of the Court.
Members will have an opportunity to track developments at the Supreme Court from the start of its term in October through its final decisions in June. The facilitator will compile a “watch list” of significant cases to follow through oral argument and decision. Participants will learn about court’s procedures, such as how the Court assembles its docket, briefing, oral argument, court conferences, and issuance of opinions.
All members with an interest in learning about the court. Over the past two years, each meeting of the Supreme Court SIG has drawn from 15-20 participants to larger groups when newsworthy developments occur. No background in the law is necessary; the discussions are geared to the layperson.
The group typically holds its first meeting in late October, has more frequent meeting in the spring, and ends in July. Meetings are scheduled by consensus at times suitable to most participants.
The SIG is an opportunity to learn about the Supreme Court. As a part of this, the group distributes an agenda in advance of each meeting with articles and links to materials on and about the cases to be discussed.
The SIG covers a wide range of statutory and constitutional issues addressed by the Supreme Court. We also discuss institutional issues such as the ideology of the Court, trends in decisions, the role of the Chief Justice, the political dimensions of the Court, and the appointment and confirmation process.
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