Attorneys keep current on changes and developments in law. To that end, attorneys attend continuing legal education seminars and spend time reading court decisions, amended or new laws, or regulations and analysis of these developments. By staying abreast of changes in the law, attorneys can better counsel and represent their clients. For the last 10 years, Nashville attorney Perry A. Craft has been the speaker and lecturer at several seminars generally explaining to other laws about United States Supreme Court decisions and rulings. These speeches inform lawyers in attendance and start discussions.
On January 22, 2016, Mr. Craft will be speaking at the Tennessee Bar Association’s 31st Annual CLE Ski in Vail. His topic is “Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions and Developments in Constitutional Law.” This will allow attorneys the opportunity to learn and engage in open dialogue about how the Court and its decisions are affecting, creating or limiting legal rights and remedies and identify the ramifications these developments will have on citizens and the law.
Over the years, Mr. Craft has written several articles primarily focusing on decisions by and changes within the U.S. Supreme Court. He most recently gave a lecture to lawyers in Nashville on December 24, 2015, where he discussed the Supreme Court decisions from the Court’s last Term. In its last Term, the high Court ruled:
- Gay couples had the right to marry,
- Employers could require employees to go through security checks after they had finished their shifts but not pay them for that time,
- To protect a government whistleblower from retaliation by his government employer,
- That under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, police officers cannot make a traffic stop last longer just to have a dog search the vehicle,
- To make it harder for the government to convict a person for violating the Controlled Substances Analogue Act,
- And much more.
In its current Term, the Court has continued its long-term trend that allows large firms to place arbitration clauses in consumer contracts and not allow consumers to sue them in courts for their wrongdoing or have a jury decide the issue. Arbitration supposedly is voluntary, but most consumers are given “take it or leave it” contracts or do not understand the ramifications of these type provisions. While these companies publicly argue it reduces costs and in theory is quick, critics argue that these same companies that require arbitration of consumer claims often insist upon having a court hear their disputes. Critics argue that the arbitration process is stacked against typical citizens and lets large companies avoid accountability.
Lower courts are required to follow and apply Supreme Court decisions on federal constitutional and federal statutory issues. Thus, keeping up with the high Court’s changes and developments is critical. If you have questions about the Supreme Court or how its rulings may affect you in a civil or criminal dispute or matter, contact Nashville lawyer Perry A. Craft.
Perry A. Craft has dedicated his life to helping people in need. He has tried, settled, or resolved numerous civil and criminal cases in State and Federal courts, and has represented teachers and administrators before school boards, administrative judges, and the state Board of Education. Learn more about Attorney Craft.