In this past momentous term, the nation’s high court rendered rulings on Trump’s travel ban, gerrymandering, labor unions, privacy in the digital age, religious liberty versus gay rights, and other vital issues. If that were not enough to make this an uber-consequential term, it was immediately followed by “swing-vote” Justice Kennedy’s announced retirement. Then, in less than two weeks, President Trump nominated federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a favorite of conservatives, to fill the resulting vacancy. This talk will survey these far-reaching developments.
Vincent Bonventre joined the Albany Law School faculty in 1990, where he is the Justice Robert H. Jackson Distinguished Professor of Law. He teaches, comments, and advises on courts, judges, and various areas of public law. He is the author of “New York Court Watcher,” a blog devoted to research and commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court and the New York Court of Appeals. He is also the founder and editor of State Constitutional Commentary, an annual publication of the Albany Law Review devoted to American state constitutional law, and he is the founder and director of the Center for Judicial Process.