Law of the Land

Law of the Land 2019: The Supreme Court’s Year in Review

July 2, 2019

The Supreme Court of the United States is the branch of government that inspires the most mystery and curiosity. The proceedings are not televised, and yet many are fascinated by the goings on at the high court, despite having little understanding of the cases decided there and what they mean for most people.

FOLCS’ Director, Thane Rosenbaum, sat down with CNN‘s Ariane De Vogue, Slate‘s Mark Stern, Reuters‘ Andrew Chung and the Dean of NYU Law School, Trevor Morrison, for a discussion about the cases decided in the past term, and the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings.

Trevor Morrison
Dean of NYU Law School

Trevor Morrison is currently the Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He was previously the Liviu Librescu Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he was also faculty co-director of the Center for Constitutional Governance and faculty co-chair of the Hertog Program on Law and National Security. Before that, he was on the faculty of Cornell Law School.

Dean Morrison spent 2009 in the White House, where he served as associate counsel to President Barack Obama. Drawing on both his scholarship and work experience, he has developed particular renown for his expertise in constitutional law as practiced in the executive branch.

Dean Morrison’s research and teaching interests are in constitutional law (especially separation of powers and federalism), federal courts, and the law of the executive branch. His scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, among others.

Before entering academia, he was a law clerk to Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1998-99) and to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the US Supreme Court (2002-03). Between those clerkships, he was a Bristow Fellow in the US Justice Department’s Office of the Solicitor General (1999-2000), an attorney-advisor in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (2000-01), and an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) (2001-02).

Dean Morrison received a BA (hons.) in history from the University of British Columbia in 1994, and a JD from Columbia Law School in 1998. He was also a Richard Hofstadter Fellow in History at Columbia University. Dean Morrison is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2016, President Obama appointed him as chairperson of the Public Interest Declassification Board.

Ariane de Vogue
Journalist

Ariane de Vogue serves as a reporter for CNN covering the Supreme Court and legal issues, chronicling everything from breaking news about major rulings to the evolving politics of personality among the justices. She works closely with CNN’s justice team and guides network-wide reporting on Supreme Court cases and other legal developments.

Since joining the network, de Vogue has covered the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the nominations of Judges Merrick Garland and Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. She has also covered groundbreaking Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, health care, religious freedom and abortion. During and after the 2016 election cycle, she has followed voting rights challenges across the county and has explored legal issues surrounding the President’s executive orders.

de Vogue joined CNN in 2015. Prior to joining the network, de Vogue covered the Court and the nominations of several justices for ABC News. As an investigative producer for ABC News, she also worked on stories concerning terrorism, the aftermath of September 11th, the presidential impeachment proceedings, campaign finance regulations, and legal challenges during national elections.

She grew up in Westville, Indiana, and is a graduate of The George Washington University.

Mark Stern
Journalist

Mark Joseph Stern covers courts and the law for Slate. He also edits Slate‘s LGBTQ section, Outward, which he co-founded in 2013, and serves as an American correspondent for Ireland’s 2fm. Mark attended Georgetown University and obtained his JD from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s commission on the rights of LGBTQ people. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Advocate, National Geographic, and numerous law reviews. Mark’s most recent law review article, The Judicial and Generational Dispute Over Transgender Rights, appears in this year’s issue of the Stanford Law & Policy Review.

Andrew Chung
Journalist

Andrew Chung is a correspondent at Reuters covering the Supreme Court and other legal issues. He regularly reports on various court actions, rulings, emerging trends and other topics. He has helped chronicle the confirmations of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, and the interaction between the Trump administration and the courts. Before joining Reuters in 2014, Andrew worked at the Toronto Star as a parliamentary reporter, feature writer, foreign correspondent, and Quebec Bureau Chief. He is a recipient of a Society of Professional Journalists’ Deadline Club award, the AAAS Kavli science journalism gold award, and Canada’s national newspaper award. Andrew holds a BSc, a graduate degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a master of studies in law from Yale Law School.