Summer U.S. Supreme Court Wrap-Up


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Legal Impact and the Rudman Center were pleased to present on July 20 the “Summer United States Supreme Court Wrap-Up,” featuring UNH Franklin Pierce law faculty Lucy Hodder, Mike McCann, Buzz Scherr, John Greabe, and Megan Carpenter, dean of the law school. The online event was moderated by A.J. Kierstead, senior media producer at the law school and host of The Legal Impact podcast.

The panel discussed some of the many consequential decisions the U.S. Supreme Court issued during its 2020-2021 term. Topics included religious freedom and antidiscrimination laws; voting rights; free speech; college athletes’ ability to profit off their name, image, and likeness under antitrust law; the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act; and criminal law and procedure.

Program highlights featured:

  • Dean Carpenter discussing the Mahanoy School District v. B.L. case, and whether the first amendment limits public-school officials from suspending a student for off-campus remarks posted on social media.
  • Professor Michael McCann discussing the NCAA v. Alston case, and whether college athlete compensation violates antitrust laws.
  • Professor Lucy Hodder discussing California v. Texas, a case between two different states involving the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. 
  • Professor Buzz Scherr discussing privacy involving the 4th amendment in two separate cases dealing with guns and cars.
  • Professor John Greabe discussing two cases related to free-exercise decisions, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, involving Catholic Social Services and same-sex couples, and Tandon v. Newsom, involving COVID-19 restrictions on in-home religious gatherings.

You can watch the full program here.    

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