The Power of Three: A Supreme Court Preview
September 24, 2013
What are the three biggest cases of the upcoming Supreme Court term? Which three cases are the most underreported? And what are the three most likely dissents?
The Brennan Center convened a candid and engaging discussion featuring a panel of experts who will share their thoughts on the upcoming term, including a look at three of the storylines and themes that will be at the center of debate at the end of June 2014.
Meet the Panel
Nicole Austin-Hillery, Director and Counsel of the Washington, D.C. Office, Brennan Center for Justice
Nicole Austin-Hillery is the first Director and Counsel of The Brennan Center’s Washington, D.C. office, which she opened in March 2008. In her role, Ms. Austin-Hillery oversees D.C. office operations, serves as the chief advocate for the Brennan Center on a host of justice and democracy issues and coordinates work with other civil rights, social justice and democracy organizations in D.C. Ms. Austin-Hillery is the organization’s chief liaison to Congress and the Administration. Priority areas of Ms. Austin-Hillery’s portfolio at the Brennan Center include racial and criminal justice advocacy and reform, voting rights, and felon enfranchisement. In her role, Ms. Austin-Hillery has written opinion pieces for publications such as Roll Call and The Root and has been a contributing writer to several advocacy publications. She has appeared on numerous news programs, including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, Washington Watch with Roland Martin, and NPR affiliate, WAMU's, Kojo Nnamdi Show. She has also submitted testimony for Congressional hearings and has served as a speaker on a host of public interest advocacy issues.
Before beginning her career at the Brennan Center, Ms. Austin-Hillery practiced with the law firm of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC where she focused primarily on the firm's civil rights employment class action litigation practice. While there, Ms. Austin-Hillery worked on all aspects of complex employment class action litigation and outreach to the larger public-interest civil rights community. Her experience as a litigator included work on a variety of employment matters focused on race and gender including employment negotiations, pre-filing settlements, with an emphasis on both individual and programmatic relief, as well as work with federal trial courts.
Prior to joining Mehri & Skalet, Ms. Austin-Hillery was the George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Law Fellow at the national office of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. where she worked on housing litigation as well as policy and community development issues. During her fellowship, Ms. Austin-Hillery was a member of the Lawyers' Committee's delegation to the NGO Forum of the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.
In 2007, Ms. Austin-Hillery was selected as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School. She currently serves on the Board of the Washington Bar Association and is a former member of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Committee and is a past-president of the Washington Council of Lawyers. Ms. Austin-Hillery is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law and Carnegie Mellon University.
Andrew Cohen, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic; Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice(Moderator)
Andrew Cohen is a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice. He is also a contributing editor at The Atlantic, legal analyst for 60 Minutes, and chief analyst and legal editor for CBS Radio News. He has won a Murrow Award as one of the nation's leading legal analysts and commentators. He is the winner of the American Bar Association’s 2012 Silver Gavel Award for his Atlantic commentary about the death penalty in America. Follow Cohen on Twitter at @CBSAndrew.
Garrett Epps, Correspondent, The Atlantic; Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law
Garrett Epps joined the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2008 and teaches Constitutional Law and Creative Writing. Epps has published numerous books, scholarly articles, and articles for general audiences in the field of constitutional law and civil rights. His most recent book, Wrong and Dangerous: Ten Right-Wing Myths about Our Constitution, has received five-star reviews. His previous book, Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America (2006), was a finalist for the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award. A novelist and former journalist, Epps is a former staff writer for the Washington Post, and has also written for, Inter Alia, The New York Times, The New Republic, and The New York Review of Books. Epps began his academic career after clerking for the Hon. John O. Butzner, Jr., of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia. He earned both his LL.M. (in Comparative and International Law) and his J.D. from Duke University, where he served as articles editor of Law and Contemporary Problems. Prior to attending law school, Epps earned his M.A. in English Writing from Hollins College in 1975, and his B.A. from Harvard College in 1972, where he was editor of the Harvard Crimson. Epps is a frequent contributor to The Atlantic.com.
Amy Howe, Editor, SCOTUSblog
Amy has worked on the blog, most recently as its editor, since 2003. She has served as counsel in over two dozen merits cases at the Supreme Court and has argued two cases there; she has also argued in the District of Columbia and Fourth Circuits. From 2004 until 2011, she co-taught Supreme Court litigation at Stanford Law School; from 2005 until 2013, she co-taught a similar class at Harvard Law School. She has also served as an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law and Vanderbilt Law School. Amy is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.