Supreme Court Update: The 2014-15 Term

  • March 17, 2015
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Supreme Court Update

 The 2014-15 Term


Sponsored by

The Constitution Project


Remarks by

Representative Robert C. “Bobby” Scott

Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations


Join us for an analysis of major cases decided by or pending before the U.S. Supreme Court during its current 2014-15 Term at a briefing on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in Room 2226 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The discussion will be led by Steve Vladeck, Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law and Supreme Court Fellow with The Constitution Project.  It will also include Madhu Grewal, Counsel at The Constitution Project.

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The discussion will examine some of the interesting constitutional questions before the Court during the current term, including:

  • Does a conviction for a threatening Facebook post require proof of subjective intent to threaten, or only proof that a “reasonable person” would regard that statement as threatening?
  • Can the IRS promulgate regulations to extend tax-credit subsidies to health insurance coverage purchased through exchanges established by the federal government as opposed to those established by the states?
  • Do state bans on gay marriage violate the Equal Protection Clause? And, either way, must a state recognize gay marriages lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?
  • Does a rule of judicial conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violate the First Amendment?
  • When, if ever, will lethal injection drug protocols violate the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the Eighth Amendment?

Check out the complete list of cases that may be discussed at the briefing.


Steve Vladeck, Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law and Supreme Court Fellow with The Constitution Project

Madhu Grewal, Policy Counsel at The Constitution Project


Tuesday, March 17, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2226
Washington, DC 20515
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