MENU

Appellate Litigation

Hands Off My Raisins: Supreme Court Decides Horne v. Department of Agriculture - Podcast

Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Podcast
John Elwood June 25, 2015

Under what circumstances can the government take your property without giving you compensation? Does it matter whether it is real property or personal property? On June 22, with an interesting alignment of justices, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Horne v. Department of Agriculture, addressing these and other questions.

  • John Elwood, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP

The Immigration Decision: Who Wins, Who Loses? - Podcast

Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
John C. Eastman June 01, 2015

On Tuesday, May 26, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request from federal government lawyers to overturn a lower court injunction, and to thereby allow President Barack Obama's immigration actions to go into effect pending appeal. What now are the legal effects of the President’s immigration actions? What are the possible next steps in the litigation? These and other questions were answered on this Teleforum Conference call.

  • Dr. John C. Eastman, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service, Chapman University School of Law

Supreme Court to Consider Oklahoma Execution Method - Podcast

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
Kent S. Scheidegger May 05, 2015

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Glossip v. Gross. The case turns on the efficacy of the first drug in Oklahoma’s three-drug execution protocol, the subject of controversy after a highly publicized botched execution last year; critics claim that this drug is unable to reliably produce the deep, coma-like unconsciousness necessary to avoid the pain and suffering that can result from the administration of the second and third drugs, and that the protocol violates the Eighth Amendment because of this. Oral arguments were expected to be revealing as to whether the court will focus narrowly on the specific execution method in question or range more broadly over important constitutional issues related to the death penalty.

  • Kent S. Scheidegger, Legal Director & General Counsel, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation

The Gay Marriage Cases: A Recap of the Supreme Court Oral Argument - Podcast

Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
John C. Eastman April 28, 2015

The long-anticipated gay marriage cases have now been argued in the Supreme Court. The questions presented are: whether the Fourteenth Amendment "require[s]" a "state to issue a marriage license to two people of the same sex", and/or "to recognize amarriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed" in another state or jurisdiction. Join a special Courthouse Steps edition of Teleforum as we discuss the oral argument: Which advocate seemed to fair best? Who fielded the most difficult questions? Which justices seemed most skeptical of which side of the argument? What are the possible outcomes of the case, and what are the implications of those possible outcomes?

  • Dr. John C. Eastman, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service, Chapman University School of Law

The Gay Marriage Cases: A Preview of the Supreme Court Oral Argument - Podcast

Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
Gerard V. Bradley, Ilya Somin April 27, 2015

On January 16, 2015, the Supreme Court granted cert in four same-sex marriage cases from the Sixth Circuit (one case from each of four states of the circuit, -- Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky). The questions presented in the cases are: whether the Fourteenth Amendment "require[s]" a "state to issue a marriage license to two people of the same sex", and/or "to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed" in another state or jurisdiction. This Teleforum previewed the strongest and weakest points of argument for each side in the case.

  • Prof. Gerard V. Bradley, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Prof. Ilya Somin, George Mason University School of Law