The Role of Constitutional Precedent in US Supreme Court Reasoning

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Webinar Program:

Precedent is an important tool of judicial decision making and reasoning in common law systems such as the United States. Instead of having each court decide cases anew, the rule of precedent or stare decisis dictates that similar cases should be decided similarly. Adherence to precedent promotes several values, including stability, reliability, and uniformity, and it also serves to constrain judicial discretion. Yet while adherence to precedent is important, there are some cases where the United States Supreme Court does not follow it when it comes to constitutional reasoning. Over time, the US Supreme Court under its different Chief Justices has approached rejection of its own precedent in different ways and at varying rates of reversal. This CLE examines the role of constitutional precedent in US Supreme Court reasoning.  It focuses on the conditions under which and why the US Supreme Court overrules its own constitutional precedents.


David Schultz | Distinguished Professor, Hamline University and University of Minnesota Professor of Law

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Event Code: 506599   


MSBA/HCBA/RCBA Members: $15
Non-Members: $45
Law Students/New Admittees: $0

Registration Deadline: April 22, 2024. To register after that time, email the program manager.

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event. A calendar file with a Zoom link is available for download in the automatic receipt.

Program Manager: Geen Mui |

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Live Webinar - Zoom