McGeorge School of Law

First Monday Panel Outlines Key High Court Cases

October 8, 2009

Judge Connie Callahan

Judge Connie Callahan

McGeorge hosted a “First Monday in October” preview of the Supreme Court of the United States’ 2009-2010 Term on October 5, 2009, which featured Judge Connie Callahan, ’75, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as the keynote speaker.

Judge Callahan outlined the history of the Supreme Court’s opening day session, which originally was the second Monday in October and remained largely ceremonial until 1975.

A distinguished panel of jurists and law professors discussed the important issues facing the high court this year. Judge Magistrate Kimberly Mueller, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, explored the issues involved in Salazar v. Buono, an Establishment Clause case, and Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick, a copyright case.

Fred Morrison, a retired justice of the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, spoke about the Miranda issues involved in Maryland v. Shatzer, and a terrorism support statute case, Humanitarian Law Project et al. v. Mukasey.

Professor Brian Landsberg talked about separation of powers in the Free Enterprise Fund case and Second Amendment issues in McDonald v. Chicago. Professor John Sims discussed the subject of corporate campaign speech, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and First Amendment issues in the dog-fighting video case, United States v. Stevens.

The McGeorge American Constitution Society for Law and Policy organized the event, which was co-sponsored by the McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy, the McGeorge Career Development Office, ACS Sacramento Lawyers Chapter, and Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association.