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The Supreme Court term is over. which means it's time to dig into "what does it mean" territory so you can amaze your friends with your SCOTUS insights at cocktail parties and cookouts.

Supreme CourtHerewith, a series of webinars organized by the State and Local Legal Center and hosted by an all-star group of organizations. All of the webinars are FREE and intended for a non-attorney and attorney audiences.

South Dakota v. Wayfair:  What’s Next for Internet Sales Tax?

The Supreme Court has ruled states and local governments may require out-of-state vendors to collect sales tax.

Join Tillman Breckenridge, Bailey Glasser, who wrote the State and Local Legal Center amicus brief in this case, in a discussion about what the Court’s opinion says. Craig Johnson, Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, will discuss what states and local governments may do to implement the Court’s decision. Emily Swenson Brock, Government Finance Officers Association, will discuss how Congress and state and local government Chief Financial Officers are reacting to the decision and lobbying strategy for states and local governments.  Hosted by the National League of Cities.

Date:   July 12
Time:  1 p.m. ET
Here's where to register.

Partisanship and Redistricting: What the Supreme Court Has to Say

When it comes to redistricting, how much partisanship is too much? Or is there a “too much?” The Supreme Court didn’t answer these questions this term. Regardless, the lower courts and the Supreme Court will continue to deal with partisan gerrymandering cases going forward.

Learn what the arguments were, what the outcomes were, and what may be next for partisan gerrymandering. Misha Tseytlin, Wisconsin Solicitor General, who argued Gill v. Whitford in support of the Wisconsin legislators defending the plan, will discuss the Supreme Court’s opinion in that case.

Michael Kimberly, partner at Mayer Brown and co-director of the Yale Law School Supreme Court Clinic, who argued Benisek v. Lamone in support of the challengers to Maryland’s redistricting plan, will discuss the Supreme Court’s opinion in that case. Paul Diller, professor at ​Willamette University College of Law, who co-​wrote an amicus brief on behalf of a number of national local government associations and law professors supporting the challengers in Gill v. Whitford, will provide additional thoughts on the significance and implications of these cases. Hosted by NCSL

Date:   July 18
Time:  1 p.m. ET
Here's where to register. (Type your name in the GUEST field and click ENTER)

Supreme Court Police Cases

While Carpenter v. United States, involving warrantless searches of cell site location data stole the show, the Supreme Court decided numerous police cases this term involving Fourth Amendment searches, qualified immunity, and other topics.

Join Stuart Raphael, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, who wrote the State and Local Legal Center amicus brief in City of Hays v. Vogt, involving the use of compelled, self-incriminating statements at probable cause hearings, Timothy Coates, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP, and Michael Connolly, Consovoy McCarthy Park, in a discussion of the police cases from this Supreme Court term. Hosted by the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

Date:   July 19
Time:  1 p.m. ET
Here's where to register.

Supreme Court Review 

Between the internet sales tax case, partisan gerrymandering, the union dues case, the travel ban, and a number of First Amendment cases, this Supreme Court term will have implications for states and local governments for decades to come.

Join Eric Citron, Goldstein & Russell, who briefed the internet sales tax case, Shay Dvoretzky, who argued a First Amendment retaliatory arrest case, and Lydia Wheeler, a legal and regulatory affairs reporter for The Hill, in a discussion of the most important cases of the term for states and local governments. Hosted by the National Association of Counties.

Date:   July 24
Time:  1 p.m. (ET)
Here's where to register. 


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