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William & Mary Law School

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Williamsburg, VA 23185

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The 2017 Preview will feature 3 federal court of appeals judges, 16 Supreme Court advocates who have collectively argued more than 300 cases before the Supreme Court, and leading Supreme Court reporters and columnists from the nation's top newspapers. The Preview has been approved for 6 CLE credits in Virginia.

Advocates include former Solicitors General Paul Clement, Greg Garre, and Donald Verrilli and federal court of appeals judges Patricia Millet, Jeffrey Sutton and Pamela Harris. Panelists also include Supreme Court reporters from such papers as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. For a full list of panelists, please visit our website.

The Preview will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 15 with a moot court. This year's case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission concerns the refusal of a baker to make a wedding cake for a same sex couple. The baker claimed a First Amendment religious liberty exemption from state anti discrimination laws; the Colorado Civil Rights Commission rejected that claim. John Elwood of Vinson and Elkins will argue for petitioner Masterpiece Cakeshop and Beth Brinkmann of Covington will argue for respondent Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The Friday night programming will also feature a panel on Trump and the Supreme Court. The panel will consider the possible retirement of Kennedy, and perhaps some speculation on how Trump will fare before the Court. The Preview will continue on Saturday, September 16 with panels throughout the day. In addition to considering the most interesting and important cases on the Court's docket, panels will also consider the Trump presidency and preliminary impressions of Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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