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Supreme Court Employment Cases

While the Supreme Court decided no public employment cases this term, all four of the employment cases decided affect all employers—including state and local governments. Shay Dvoretzky, Jones Day, who argued EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch (religious accommodation), will discuss how that case and Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk (FLSA), Young v. UPS (PDA), and Mach Mining v. EEOC (EEOC conciliation) impacts state and local government employers. The potential impact on state and local governments of M&G Polymers v. Tackett (retiree health benefits) and Tibble v. Edison (fiduciary duty retirement benefits) also will be covered. 

Date:  July 15, 2015
Time:  1:00-2:15 PM EDT

This webinar is FREE. CLE is not offerred.

FREE CLE: Supreme Court Review Webinar

For state and local government, this Supreme Court term runs the gamut from same-sex marriage to the Affordable Care Act, from Medicaid to the Fair Housing Act, from the First Amendment to the Eighth Amendment. Discuss the significant cases affecting state and local government with John Bursch, Warner Norcross & Judd, Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Co-chair, who argued the same-sex marriage case on behalf of Michigan, Joe Palmore, Morrison & Foerster, Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Co-chair, and Tony Mauro, Supreme Court Correspondent, The National Law Journal/ Legal Times/ ALM.

The SLLC will offer separate webinars covering the Supreme Court’s police cases, tax cases, employment cases, and its sign case, Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona.  

Date:  July 22, 2015
Time:  1:00-2:30 PM EDT

Free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) is offerred.

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Supreme Court Police Cases

The Supreme Court’s police cases docket this term includes a hotel registry ordinance case and a pretrial detainee excessive force case along with a number of Fourth Amendment traffic stop cases and qualified immunity cases. Discuss the implications of these decisions for state and local government and police officers with Melissa Arbus Sherry, Latham & Watkins and David Salmons, Morgan Lewis.

Date:  July 29, 2015
Time:  1:00-2:15 Eastern Time

This webinar is FREE. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) is not offered.  

Register here

Recent Events

Supreme Court Taxes Cases

The Supreme Court decided three tax cases this term.  Andrew Brasher, Alabama Solicitor General, will discuss a case he argued before the Court, Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation involving the Railroad Revitalization and Regulation Reform Act.  John Neiman, Maynard, Cooper, & Gale, and SLLC amicus brief co-writer, will discuss Comptroller v. Wynne, involving Maryland’s personal income tax scheme. Ron Parsons, Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, SLLC amicus brief writer will discuss Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, involving the Tax Injunction Act and featuring the notable Justice Kennedy concurrence in Quill v. North Dakota.

Date:  June 22, 2015
Time:  1:00-2:15 PM EDT

This webinar is FREE. CLE is not offerred.

View the recording here. Download PowerPoint here.

What’s Next after North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC?

In North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC the Supreme Court held that if the majority of state board members are active market participants, antitrust immunity applies only if the state actively supervises the board.  Hashim MooppanJones Day, who argued this case on behalf of North Carolina’s Dental Board, discussed the practical implications of this case for states’ hundreds of agencies, boards, and commissions with. 

Date:  April 1, 2015
Time:  1:00-2:00 PM EDT

CLE is not available for this webinar.

View the recording here.  Download PowerPoint here.

Supreme Court MID-TERM Review Webinar

Since the SLLC’s Supreme Court Preview webinar in October, the Court has accepted a number of cases affecting state and local government on topics ranging from Fourth Amendment searches to regulating power plant emissions to limiting messages on license plates.  Discuss these cases and the Affordable Care Act case and the same-sex marriage cases with Jeff WallSullivan & CromwellLori Alvino McGillQuinn Emanuel, and Richard WolfUSA Today.    

Date:  March 5, 2015
Time:  1:00-2:30 PM EST

CLE is not available for this webinar.

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Denying Cell Tower Siting Applications Post T-Mobile v. City of Roswell 

In T-Mobile South v. City of Roswell, the Supreme Court held that when a local government denies a cell tower application, it must provide the applicant with written reasons for the denial, and those written reasons must be available contemporaneously with the local government’s written denial of the application.  Discuss the practical implications of this case and its impact on local governments with Tim LaySpiegel & McDiarmid, who wrote the SLLC’s amicus brief.  

Date:  February 13, 2015
Time:  1:00-2:00 PM EST

CLE is not available for this webinar. 

View the recording here.  Read background materials here.  Download PowerPoint here.    

Supreme Court PREVIW webinar

The SLLC's third annual FREE Supreme Court Preview webinar featured Allyson Ho, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, who will argue two cases this term, Pratik Shah, co-head of Akin Gump's Supreme Court and Appellate practice, and Robert Barnes, Washington Post Supreme Court reporter. A number of tax cases, a sign code case, and a religious challenge to a prison grooming policy, among other cases, were discussed at the webinar.

Date:  Thursday October 16
Time:  1-2:30 PM Eastern time 

CLE is not available for this webinar.

Listen to a recording of the webinar here.

Existing Power Plants Proposed Rules Webinar 

This FREE webinar features Roger MartellaSidley Austin, and former EPA General Counsel, who examined EPA’s recently proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.  It provided a focused look at legal issues raised within the proposed rule and its implementation for states and local governments on which they may want to address in their written comments. 

Date:  Thursday September 18, 2014
Time:  1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

A recording of this webinar will be available soon. 

Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA:  Greenhouse Gases and Stationary Sources

Roger MartellaSidley Austin, and former EPA General Counsel, discussed the implications of Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA for state and local government and how this case may affect EPA regulating greehouse gases in the future.  

View the recording here
Date:  Thursday August 21, 2014
Time:  1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

This webinar was FREE.  Continuing Legal Education (CLE) is NOT available for this webinar.

Supreme Court Review CLE Webinar 

Join Carter Phillips, Sidley Austin, who has argued more Supreme Court cases than any other lawyer currently in private practice, Collin O’Connor Udell, Jackson Lewis, who has taken a central role in 33 cases before the Court including a public employment case this term, and Adam Liptak, The New York Times Supreme Court correspondent, in a discussion of the most significant cases decided this term affecting state and local government.  Cases discussed include, among others, Michigan’s affirmative action ban, warrantless searches of cell phones, speech “buffer-zones,” and two Clean Air Act cases. 

View the recording here 
Date:  Friday July 18
Time:  1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

This FREE webinar was co-sponsored by the State and Local Legal Center and the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) is available for this webinar.

Supreme Court Police Cases Webinar 

The Supreme Court will decide numerous Fourth Amendment search cases and qualified immunity cases involving police officers this term.  Join former Solicitor General Greg Garre, Latham & Watkins, discussed the Fourth Amendment cases, Mike Mosley, Arkansas Municipal League, who argued one of the qualified immunity cases, and discussed the qualified immunity cases, and Chuck Thompson, International Municipal Lawyers Association, discussed police cases the Court may accept next term.

View the recording here
Date:  Wednesday July 23
Time:  1:00-2:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time

This webinar was FREE.  Continuing Legal Education (CLE) was NOT available for this webinar.

Government Prayer After Town of Greece Webinar 

The Supreme Court's decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway clarifies allowable prayer practices before local government bodies and state legislatures.  Join Tom Hungar, Gibson Dunn, who argued this case before the Supreme Court, Douglas Haney, City Attorney for the City of Carmel, Indiana, and Lanny Proffer, former General Counsel for the National Conference of States Legislatures, in a discussion about how the Court's ruling affects both state and local government. 

View the recording here
Date:  Wednesday May 28
Time:  1PM EDT 

This FREE webinar was co-sponsored by the State and Local Legal Center, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and the National Conference of State Legislatures.  

Webinar materials are here

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) was not available for this webinar.  

30 Year Anniversary Reception and Supreme Court Practice Seminar

The SLLC, International Municipal Lawyers Association, and Georgetown University Law Center's Supreme Court Institute partnered to offer a one-day seminar on practicing before the Supreme Court on March 4, 2014.  

The seminar covered all aspects of litigating a case before the Supreme Court, from filing a petition for certiorari to briefs on the merits and oral argument.  Speakers included (among others) Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr., and SCOTUSblog’s Tom Goldstein. 

That evening, the SLLC also held a 30-year anniversary reception at Jones Day.   

View the seminar agenda here.