The U.S. Supreme Court's 2017 Term in Review

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The "Travel Ban," wedding cake, sports betting, internet sales tax, union member dues, and the purging of voter lists -- these are just a handful of cases from the Court's docket during its 2017 Term.

Oh, and there was also an important partisan gerrymandering case, but the Court sidestepped it, by invoking a procedural escape-hatch, commonly referred to as the "lack of standing."

We'll also discuss the recent announcement of Justice Kennedy's retirement, and how this will impact the ideological makeup of the bench.

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Well, it's that time of the year again -- as the Court wraps up its 2017 Term, a series of important decisions will be handed down in the waning days.

As always, we'll be discussing these cases from a prism of political or public policy lenses -- no prior legal experience, or a comprehensive understanding of the Constitution or the Supreme Court is required.

To that end, we'll discuss the following cases:

- Trump v. Hawaii
Issue: the constitutionality of Pres. Trump's Executive Order prohibiting an entry of certain foreign nationals. A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-965_h315.pdf

- Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights C'misson:
Issue: to bake or not bake? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-111_j4el.pdf

-Murphy v. NCAA
Issue: are Federal laws banning state-level sports-betting laws unconstitutional? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-476_dbfi.pdf

- South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.
Issue: in the current age of dominance of e-commerce, can sales tax for online purchases be permitted? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-494_j4el.pdf

-Janus v. AFSCME
Issue: a requirement of public sector union fees to non-members a violation of First Amendment rights? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-1466_2b3j.pdf

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Previous Supreme Court Term in Review discussions:

- The 2014 Term (http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/222111121/)

- The 2015 Term (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/231673271/?eventId=231673271)

- The 2016 Term (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/241005317)