Five Freedoms Series: Supreme Court Preview

Supreme Court Preview

The Supreme Court returned on October 4th for its 2021-2022 Term, and the justices will be hearing 33 cases on a number of important issues.

First Amendment issues are often at the heart of Supreme Court cases.

During this term, the justices will be hearing cases on religious freedom (Carson v. Makin) and free speech (Houston Community College System v. Wilson).

Christopher Riano of the Center for Civic Education hosted this discussion with guests Senior Judge Marcia S. Krieger and Chief Judge Brooks Smith.

This Zoom / Facebook Live was recorded on October 26, 2021, with Montpelier. Q&A with Participants included at the end.

Senior Judge Marcia S. Krieger – link to bio.

Chief Judge Brooks Smith – link to bio

The First Amendment provides many of the rights Americans hold most dear: freedom of religion, speech, the press, petition, and assembly. These freedoms form the basis of political and civic participation in American society. 

The Five Freedoms Series will help Americans better understand the freedoms guaranteed to them under the First Amendment, and encourage them to exercise these rights. Each week will focus on a different element of The 1st Amendment: speech, religion, press, assembly, and the right to petition the government. Because many of these freedoms are frequently at the heart of Supreme Court cases, the sixth week will allow us to bring together a panel of federal judges to discuss cases on the docket in the 2021-2022 Supreme Court Term. 

This series is proudly hosted by the First Amendment Museum, James Madison’s Montpelier, and The Center for Civic Education.