The Jewish Theological Seminary: Supreme Court Cases and Jewish Values

April 10, 2018 | New York, New York


  • The Jewish Theological Seminar
    3080 Broadway
    New York, New York 10027


The Jewish Theological Seminary will host a lecture on Supreme Court Cases and Jewish Values by WilmerHale Partner Seth Waxman. Three high-profile, momentous cases are currently before the US Supreme Court:

  • Trump v. Hawaii: Should the administration's so-called “travel ban” denying entry to nationals of eight designated countries stand?
  • Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission: Is the First Amendment violated by a state nondiscrimination law that requires a baker opposed to gay marriage to design a wedding cake for a gay couple?
  • McCoy v. Louisiana: May a criminal defense attorney admit a client's guilt over the client's objection if the attorney believes doing so would save the client's life?

What are the constitutional and legal issues raised? And what Jewish values underlie the legal questions at play?