Faculty Available for Comment on 2019 Supreme Court Term

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September 9, 2019

University of Virginia School of Law faculty listed here are available to speak to the media about the 2019-20 Supreme Court term. The list will be updated as more cases are announced.

Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda / Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia

Whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 encompasses discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation

Coughlin’s primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, feminist jurisprudence, and law and humanities.

Rutherglen has written widely on employment discrimination and civil rights. He is co-author of the most recent editions of “Employment Discrimination: Law and Theory” and his paper “Disaggregated Discrimination and the Rise of Identity Politics” discusses the expansion of Title VII.


Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Ch​ristian

Whether federal law preempts state common law claims for restoration that seek cleanup remedies that conflict with EPA-ordered remedies

Jaffe is director of the Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty at UVA, Jaffe was an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, a leading environmental law and policy organization working at national, state and local levels.


County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

Whether the Clean Water Act requires a permit when pollutants originate from a point source but are conveyed to navigable waters by a nonpoint source

Jaffe is director of the Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty at UVA, Jaffe was an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, a leading environmental law and policy organization working at national, state and local levels. Jaffe is co-author of an amicus brief in County of Maui.

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Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California / McAleenan v. Vidal / Trump v. NAACP

Whether Homeland Security’s decision to wind down DACA is judicially reviewable or lawful

Cope’s research focuses on the measurement of legal and political phenomena. Substantively, he is most interested in the law and politics of international institutions, migration, and relationships between domestic institutional structure and international behavior. 


Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue

Whether it violates the Constitution to invalidate a religiously neutral student-aid program because the program affords students the choice of attending religious schools

Laycock is perhaps the nation’s leading authority on the law of religious liberty and also on the law of remedies. He has argued before the Supreme Court five times.

Schragger’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of constitutional law and local government law, federalism, urban policy, and the constitutional and economic status of cities. He also writes about law and religion.


Hernandez v.​ Mesa

Whether, when the plaintiffs plausibly allege that a rogue federal law-enforcement officer violated clearly established rights for which there is no alternative legal remedy, the federal courts can and should recognize a damages claim

Laycock is perhaps the nation’s leading authority on the law of religious liberty and also on the law of remedies. He has argued before the Supreme Court five times.


Kahler v. Kan​sas

Whether the Eighth and 14th Amendments permit a state to abolish the insanity defense

Bonnie is director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. He has co-authored leading textbooks on criminal law and public health law and has devoted special attention during his career to public policies relating to mental health and substance abuse. Bonnie is co-author of an amicus brief in Kahler.


Kansas v. Garcia

Whether the Immigration Reform and Control Act expressly preempts the states from using any information entered on or appended to a federal Form I-9 in a prosecution of any person

Martin, a leading scholar in immigration and international law, served as principal deputy general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security from January 2009 to December 2010, and in earlier government service at the Department of State and the Department of Justice.

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New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New​ York, New York

Whether New York City’s ban on transporting a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun to a home or shooting range outside city limits is constitutional

Turner co-founded the Center for National Security Law in April 1981 and has served as its associate director since then except for two periods of government service in the 1980s and during 1994-95, when he occupied the Charles H. Stockton Chair of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College.


Ramos v. ​Louisiana

Whether the 14th Amendment fully incorporates the Sixth Amendment guarantee of a unanimous verdict

Darryl Brown teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Adjudication and Evidence at UVA Law, among other courses. He is the author of “Free Market Criminal Justice: How Democracy and Laissez Faire Undermine the Rule of Law.”


R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Whether Title VII prohibits discrimination against transgender people based on their status as transgender or sex stereotyping

Coughlin’s primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, feminist jurisprudence, and law and humanities.

Rutherglen has written widely on employment discrimination and civil rights. He is co-author of the most recent editions of “Employment Discrimination: Law and Theory” and his paper “Disaggregated Discrimination and the Rise of Identity Politics” discusses the expansion of Title VII.


Romag Fasteners Inc. v. Fossil Inc.

Whether, under the Lanham Act, willful infringement is a prerequisite for an award of an infringer’s profits for a violation

Laycock is perhaps the nation’s leading authority on the law of religious liberty and also on the law of remedies. He has argued before the Supreme Court five times.

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