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. 92Y, and its partner, the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at NYU School of Law, continues its annual program, Law of the Land: the Supreme Court's Year in Review. We will take you inside the Court’s major rulings and discuss their bearing on past and future cases. And this year offers a new Supreme Justice. Join us with longtime legal affairs analyst Dan Abrams of MSNBC, Court biographer and CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic, and other legal experts, along with our moderator Thane Rosenbaum for another fascinating look at the Supreme Court's just concluded term.

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Dan Abrams

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, 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.

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Joan Biskupic

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.

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Kenji Yoshino

Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law. He was educated at Harvard (B.A. summa cum laude 1991), Oxford (M.Sc. 1993 as a Rhodes Scholar) and Yale Law School (J.D. 1996). He clerked for the Honorable Guido Calabresi on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals before returning to teach at Yale Law School from 1998 to 2008. After receiving tenure at Yale in 2003, he served as Deputy Dean (2005-6) and became the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor in 2006. His fields are constitutional law, anti-discrimination law, and law and literature. He moved to NYU in 2008.

Yoshino is the author of three books: Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial (2015); A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice (2011); and Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights (2006).

Yoshino’s work has appeared in academic journals, including The Columbia Law Review, The Harvard Law Review, The Stanford Law Review and The Yale Law Journal. He has also written for more popular forums, including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He makes regular appearances on radio and television programs, such as NPR, CNN, PBS and MSNBC. In 2015, he became a weekly contributor to The New York Times Magazine podcast and column The Ethicists.

In 2011, Yoshino was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers for a six-year term. He also serves on the Global Advisory Board for Out Leadership, the Advisory Board of the Center for Talent Innovation and Deloitte’s Inclusion External Advisory Council. He has received several teaching distinctions, most recently NYU Law’s Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.

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Trevor Morrison

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 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1998-99) and to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court (2002-03). Between those clerkships, he was a Bristow Fellow in the U.S. 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 B.A. (hons.) in history from the University of British Columbia in 1994, and a J.D. 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, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law. In 2016, President Obama appointed him as chairperson of the Public Interest Declassification Board.

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  • Law of the Land: The Supreme Court’s Year in Review - Dan Abrams and Joan Biskupic in Conversation with Thane Rosenbaum

    Date: Thu, Jul 6, 2017, 8 pm

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