Each month, a panel of constitutional experts convenes to discuss the Court’s upcoming docket sitting by sitting. The cases covered in this preview are listed below.

  • Murthy v. Missouri (March 18) – Whether the Supreme Court should stay the injunction of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana restricting federal officials’ and employees’ speech concerning content moderation on social media platforms.
  • NRA v. Vullo (March 18) – Whether the First Amendment allows a government regulator to threaten regulated entities with adverse regulatory actions if they do business with a controversial speaker, as a consequence of (a) the government’s own hostility to the speaker’s viewpoint or (b) a perceived “general backlash” against the speaker’s advocacy.
  • Diaz v. United States (March 19) – Criminal Law & Procedure; Whether in a prosecution for drug trafficking — where an element of the offense is that the defendant knew she was carrying illegal drugs — Federal Rule of Evidence 704(b) permits a governmental expert witness to testify that most couriers know they are carrying drugs and that drug-trafficking organizations do not entrust large quantities of drugs to unknowing transporters.
  • Truck Insurance Exchange v. Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc. (March 19) – Bankruptcy law – This case addresses whether an insurer with responsibility for a bankruptcy claim qualifies as a “party in interest” able to object to a plan of reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. It touches on the rights and roles of insurance companies within the framework of bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Gonzalez v. Trevino (March 20) – Constitutional Law, First Amendment – It explores the standards required for a plaintiff alleging an arrest in retaliation for speech protected by the First Amendment, focusing on what evidence must be shown to prove such a claim, especially in light of exceptions outlined in precedent cases.
  • Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado (March 20) – Environmental Law – This dispute involves the apportionment of the waters of the Rio Grande among the states and the role of the federal government in such agreements. It represents the latest chapter in a long-running legal battle over water rights and usage.
  • Becerra v. San Carlos Apache Tribe (March 25) – Federal Indian Law, Medical Law – The question is whether Native American tribes that manage their own healthcare programs are entitled to receive funds from the Indian Health Service to cover costs associated with services that are covered by insurance. This case examines the intersection of tribal sovereignty, healthcare, and federal funding obligations.
  • Harrow v. Department of Defense (March 25) – Ad Law – It questions whether the 60-day deadline for a federal employee to petition the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to review a final decision of the Merit Systems Protection Board is jurisdictional, impacting the rights of federal employees in the review process.
  • Food and Drug Administration v. Alliance For Hippocratic Medicine (March 26) – Ad Law – It centers on the FDA’s approval process and actions to increase access to mifepristone, a drug used in medication abortions. The case challenges the FDA’s decisions on drug safety and accessibility, testing the limits of agency authority and judicial review.
  • Erlinger v. United States (March 27) – Criminal Law – The question is whether, for the purposes of imposing an enhanced sentence under the ACCA, it should be a jury or a judge who decides if the defendant’s previous convictions occurred on different occasions.
  • Connelly v. Internal Revenue Service (March 27) – Tax Law – The case examines whether the proceeds of a life insurance policy, taken out by a closely held corporation on a shareholder to facilitate the redemption of the shareholder’s stock, should be considered a corporate asset when calculating the value of the shareholder’s shares.


  • Robert Corn-Revere, Chief Counsel, FIRE
  • Tony Francois, Partner, Briscoe Ivester & Bazel
  • Eli Nachmany, Associate, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Brett Nolan, Senior Attorney, Institute for Free Speech
  • Jennifer Weddle, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
  • Moderator: Michael Francisco, Partner, McGuireWoods

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