Lectures & Events

Making Sense of the Supreme Court
CWRU Law Downtown Lecture Series
FEB 13, 2013
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave., 2nd floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
CLE Credit
1 hour of in-person CLE credit available, pending approval
After an unprecedented era of stability, the U.S. Supreme Court has undergone a remarkable degree of change. Four new justices have been confirmed to the Supreme Court in the past six years, including a new Chief Justice. Several recent high-profile cases, including the health care case, have reinforced perceptions that the Supreme Court is sharply divided along ideological lines. At the same time, doctrinal differences have emerged among justices long perceived as ideological bedfellows, and the Court’s docket has changed in potentially important ways.

In this lecture, Professor Adler will look at recent changes on the U.S. Supreme Court and their likely effect on the course of the law. Among other things, Professor Adler will discuss changes in the court’s docket, doctrinal shifts in key areas, the likely effect of the Presidential election on the Court, and what lessons can be learned from the Court’s recent terms, including important cases like NFIB v. Sebelius.

Prof. Adler will examine how the Court’s rulings could affect regulated industries, litigants, and potential future cases.
Speaker Information
Jonathan H. Adler
Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law
Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Jonathan H. Adler is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law. Professor Adler is the author or editor of four books on environmental policy and over a dozen book chapters. His articles have appeared in publications ranging from the Harvard Environmental Law Review and Supreme Court Economic Review to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Professor Adler is a Senior Fellow at the Property & Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, a contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to the popular legal blog, "The Volokh Conspiracy." A 2007 study identified Professor Adler as the most cited legal academic in environmental law under age 40, and his recent article, “Money or Nothing: The Adverse Environmental Consequences of Uncompensated Law Use Controls,” published in the Boston College Law Review, was selected as one of the ten best articles in land use and environmental law in 2008.

In 2004, Professor Adler received the Paul M. Bator Award, given annually by the Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies to an academic under 40 for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and commitment to students. In 2007, the Case Western Reserve University Law Alumni Association awarded Professor Adler their annual "Distinguished Teacher Award." Professor Adler serves on the academic advisory board of the Cato Supreme Court Review, the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, and the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Law Reporter and ELI Press Advisory Board. A regular commentator on environmental and legal issues, he has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, ranging from the PBS "Newshour with Jim Lehrer" and NPR's "Talk of the Nation" to the Fox News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor" and "Entertainment Tonight."

Prior to joining the faculty at Case Western, Professor Adler clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1991 to 2000, Professor Adler worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market research and advocacy group in Washington, D.C., where he directed CEI's environmental studies program. He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University and a J.D. summa cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law.

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