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How Does a Case Get to the Supreme Court?

Roy Klein
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Course Description

 We're all familiar with the Supreme Court's landmark decisions, many of which impact our daily lives. But few of us know the sometimes tortuous paths through which a case winds up in the Supreme Court, even though a case's procedural background and history may be central to the Supreme Court's decision and the decision's ultimate impact. Roy Klein de-mystifies this seemingly arcane process in his usual engaging, entertaining way.

About the Instructor

  • Roy Klein, J.D., Esq. is an honors graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a two-time Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. In forty-five years of legal practice, he represented large companies, small businesses, and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial and employment litigation, as well as serving pro bono in constitutional/civil-rights litigation. As President of the Nassau County (N.Y.) chapter of the ACLU, Klein spoke regularly to high school, college, civic, and community groups on a wide variety of constitutional/civil-liberties issues. He also contributed to a Time Kids publication for middle-schoolers about the Constitution. He's coached a high-school mock-trial team for nearly 20 years. And he's judged numerous high-school, college, and law-school mock-trial and moot-court competitions.