The National Law Journal has published part of the transcript from its Supreme Court roundtable held Sept. 21 at George Washington University Law School. Veteran Supreme Court reporter Tony Mauro moderated the discussion that included Hogan Lovells partner (and former Acting Solicitor General) Neal Katyal; Alan Morrison, an associate dean at GW Law; former Solicitor General and current Bancroft PLLC partner Paul Clement; and Arnold & Porter appellate head Lisa Blatt.
The roundtable began with a look at last term, with the panelists agreeing that it was not as boring as some observers thought. Still, the upcoming term is already bringing a lot more excitement thanks to the pending challenges to what is commonly referred to as “Obamacare.” Clement is representing states challenging the healthcare law, and Katyal recently defended it for the Obama administration. Other interesting potential high court cases, which have not yet been granted, include challenges to an affirmative action policy in Texas and an immigration enforcement law in Arizona. Among the cases already set for this term include a challenge to the use of GPS technology to track criminal suspects over long periods and the FCC v. Fox case over the use of “f-bombs” on the air.