Important (But Little-Noticed) Supreme Court Constitutional Cases
Three distinguished Pitt Law faculty members will discuss recent and pending cases in the United States Supreme Court that raise intriguing and significant issues of constitutional law, the importance of which may be underappreciated.
Deborah Brake, Professor of Law, will preview Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Comm., which the Court will hear in the coming term. This case presents the question of whether Title IX precludes constitutional claims under the equal protection clause for sex discrimination in education.
Andrew E. Taslitz, Welsh S. White Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, will discuss the Court's recent decision in Virginia v. Moore, 128 S. Ct. 1598 (2008), which held that a state statute prohibiting arrest for a minor traffic offense was irrelevant to whether an arrest in violation of that statute, followed by a search uncovering cocaine, contravened the Fourth Amendment.
Rhonda Wasserman, Professor of Law, will discuss a decision from the Court's recent term, Taylor v. Sturgell, 128 S. Ct. 2161 (2008), which addresses the "day in court" ideal and the limits that the due process clause imposes on virtual representation.