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The Year in Review: Cases Before the High Court
Last Featured: 12/20/2004

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From the constitutional rights of 'enemy combatants' to the privacy rights of the Vice President, the U.S. Supreme Court's 2003-04 term included cases that captured our national attention, challenged precedent, proposed new legal doctrine, and, along the way, inspired fierce debate that spilled into our public schools, onto our television screens and across the international landscape.

Kathleen Sullivan is the Dean and Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. Sullivan is frequently cited as one of the country's most influential lawyers and businesswomen. She has written several acclaimed books on constitutional law and served on the California Governor's Commission on Hate Groups and the National Commission on Federal Election Reform (co-chaired by Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter). An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, she also has been recognized for her skill in the classroom, having won teaching awards at both Stanford and Harvard Law Schools. She is a senior member of the NCC Distinguished Scholars Advisory Panel.

Jeffrey Toobin is a CNN legal analyst for the CNN News Group as well as a staff writer at The New Yorker, providing legal analyses on some of the nation’s most provocative and high profile cases. In 2000, he received an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga. Toobin has written several critically acclaimed, best-selling books including A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President; The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson; and Too Close to Call: The 36-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election.

Doug Kmiec currently holds the endowed chair in constitutional law at Pepperdine Law School, having previously served as dean of The Catholic University of America Law School. From 1985 to 1989, Kmiec served in the Reagan and Bush administrations and headed the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also authored numerous books and founded the Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the White House Fellowship, the Attorney General’s Edmund J. Randolph Award, and two Distinguished Service Awards. He is a senior member of the NCC Distinguished Scholars Advisory Panel.

Closing Quote
"Morality cannot be legislated but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart but they can restrain the heartless."

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

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