This year has been a momentous one at the Supreme Court — with significant changes in personnel, the Court’s first-ever remote arguments, important decisions across a range of areas, and cert grants in a number of cases that could upend important legal doctrine. At the same time, the Biden Commission is hard at work looking at proposals to reform the Supreme Court.

Join us as the incomparable Strict Scrutiny podcast team of Prof. Leah Litman, Prof. Melissa Murray, and Prof. Kate Shaw, in conversation with moderator Cynthia Jones, Esq. brings their intelligent and in-depth legal analysis of the Supreme Court and the surrounding legal landscape to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society. What were significant cases from this term and what might we expect from the Court going forward? How might the Biden Commission’s work compare to New Deal efforts at Court-packing, which ended with the “Switch in Time that Saved Nine”?  Come find out! 

Date: Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM PST | Platform: Zoom



Registration is $25*; includes 1.0 CLE.

*Court personnel and law students are welcome to register for free – a link is included right before the general registration form!

CLE Certification

  • 1.0 CA MCLE by provider Northern District Court Practice Program, #1143
  • CLE applications pending for WA, OR, HI and ID for 1.0 credit.
  • Attendees from other states will receive a generic certificate of attendance they can use to apply with their state bar.


California et al. v. Texas, et al.

Fulton v. Philadelphia

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Hysterical Lady Brains, Strict Scrutiny Podcast (Transcript)

Guest Speakers

Leah Litman

Leah is an assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School. She clerked for Judge Sutton on the Sixth Circuit and Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Leah researches and writes about the Supreme Court, federal post-conviction review and habeas corpus, and the construction of federalism and the separation of powers. She also maintains an active pro bono practice. In addition to federal sentencing and all things SCOTUS, Leah’s other favorite conversation topics are her mini golden doodle puppy, Stevie Nicks, and reality television, particularly RuPaul’s Drag Race. In her quiet moments, Leah reminds herself of Bianca Del Rio (or Sasha Velour, during her finale lip syncs).

Melissa Murray

Melissa is a Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, where she teaches constitutional law, family law, criminal law, and reproductive rights and justice and writes about the legal regulation of intimate life. Melissa clerked for Judge Stefan Underhill on the District of Connecticut and for Justice Sotomayor when she served on the Second Circuit. When she’s not reading the SCOTUS tea leaves, she’s practicing the violin, reading People magazine, and keeping up with Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. Seriously.

Kate Shaw

Kate is a Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, in New York City. She teaches Legislation, Administrative Law, and a seminar on the Supreme Court, and writes about executive power, the law of democracy, and reproductive rights and justice. She worked in the Obama White House Counsel’s Office, and before that was a clerk to Justice Stevens and Judge Posner. One of her fondest memories of clerking is explaining to Judge Posner the meaning of “furry.”


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