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Professors to review and preview U.S. Supreme Court cases for Constitution Day

UPDATE: Professor Robert Bastress and Jones Day partner Lawrence Rosenberg will join the panel discussion. (9/16/21)

WVU Law professors Anne Marie Lofaso and John Taylor

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University College of Law professors will offer a review and a preview of United States Supreme Court cases for Constitution Day observance this year.

The program will be webcast on YouTube at noon on September 17. 

Professors  Anne Marie Lofaso and John Taylor will discuss some of the key constitutional cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2020-21 term and look at some of the cases for the term that begins in October.  

Last term's cases to be discussed include  California v. Texas (Affordable Care Act, standing),  Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee (voting rights),  Fulton v. City of Philadelphia (free exercise), and  Mahanoy Area School District v.  B.L.  (school authority over student speech on the internet). 

This past term provided the first look at the Roberts Court’s new 6-3 conservative majority in action. The panelists will reflect on what they learned about this Court and where the Court may be headed this term in cases including  Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (abortion) and  New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen (concealed carry).  

Former West Virginia senator Robert Byrd (1917-2010) sponsored the legislation that established a national Constitution Day in 2004. The law requires that all publicly funded educational institutions provide special programming on or near that day every year. WVU Law’s annual Constitution Day program fulfills that requirement for West Virginia University.


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