This Class Will Be Two Zoom Sessions:
Monday, May 18 -- 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday, May 20 -- 10:00 am - 11:00 am
How does the Supreme Court choose 80 cases per year, when it actually receives 10,000 “appeals” per year? What do the nine Justices do when the oral argument is over and they disappear behind the curtain? Do they lobby each other? Are they friends or enemies? Who writes the decision and why? Who writes the dissent? Do they actually have underlying judicial philosophies that explain their positions, or are they just democrats and republicans?
Alex S. Karlin, a member of the Supreme Court Bar, a Federal Administrative Law Judge, and native of Washington DC, will talk about the nuts & bolts behind the scenes decision-making process at the Supreme Court, sometimes abbreviated SCOTUS. You will learn that It regularly reverses its own precedents, how SCOTUS makes its decisions, how SCOTUS operates (e.g., that no cameras or recordings are allowed and that deliberations are secret).
The Supreme Court of the United States, , is a one-of-a-kind institution. The Court has its own set of rules for choosing cases, and it follows a unique set of procedures for hearing them. Its decisions not only affect the outcome of the individual case before the justices, but they also create lasting impacts on legal and constitutional interpretation for the future. It makes the final decisions concerning free speech, freedom of religion, privacy, police surveillance, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, immigration, presidential powers, and many other issues. Attend this course and learn all about it.
Alex S. Karlin is a member of the Bar of the S--upreme Court, a Federal Administrative Law Judge, and native of Washington DC (now happily retired in SLO). He has studied the Supreme Court for 40 years, been involved in briefing for Supreme Court, cases and has sat in on a number of oral arguments in the Supreme Court.