Law of the Land

The Supreme Court’s Year in Review 2017

July 6, 2017

The Supreme Court of the United States is the branch of government with 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.

The Forum on Law, Culture & Society at NYU School of Law, and its partner, 92Y, continued its annual program, Law of the Land: the Supreme Court’s Year in Review. We took the audience inside the Court’s major rulings and discuss their bearing on past and future cases. And 2017 offered a new Supreme Justice.

Guest

Dan Abrams
Chief Legal Affairs Anchor, ABC News

Dan Abrams is the CEO and Founder of Abrams Media and the Chief Legal Affairs Anchor for ABC News and was previously the co-anchor of Nightline. Prior to 2011, Dan was at NBC News for 15 years as, among other things, a reporter for NBC Nightly News, host on MSNBC, and Chief Legal Correspondent for NBC News.

From 2006 to late 2007, Dan served as General Manager of MSNBC, where he presided over a period of unprecedented growth, with ratings and profits each increasing well over 50% during his tenure. During that time Dan was also a member of the NBC Universal President’s Council. He also hosted The Abrams Report, a nightly legal affairs program, and the acclaimed Verdict with Dan Abrams.

A graduate of Columbia University Law School, Dan is also a recognized writer. He has published articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Yale Law and Policy Review, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and Mediaite.com, among many others. In 2011, he published his first book, Man Down: Proof Beyond A Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else, which made the Washington Post bestseller list. Dan is the founder of eight web properties including: Mediaite, a news and media website; Runway Riot, a fashion site for women of all sizes; The Mary Sue, covering tech and geek culture, and LawNewz, a which covers crime and legal news.  Together, the Abrams Media Network serves close to 15 million unique visitors per month.

Guest

Joan Biskupic
Journalist & Author

Joan Biskupic, a visiting professor at the University of California, Irvine, law school, has written several books on the Supreme Court, including biographies of Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Antonin Scalia and a political history of Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment. She is now working on a biography of Chief Justice John Roberts. During the 2016-17 academic year while at UCI, Biskupic is a CNN legal affairs analyst. She is on a sabbatical from Thomson Reuters, where she has worked since 2012 as an editor-in-charge for legal affairs. Biskupic previously covered the Supreme Court for the Washington Post and USA Today. Her work was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. She holds a law degree from Georgetown University.

Guest

Trevor Morrison
Dean, NYU Law

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. He 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.