Elizabeth Papez, an appellate litigation partner in Winston & Strawn's Washington, D.C. office, participated in the opening segment of a web broadcast sponsored by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) on April 2, 2012. The webinar discussed the March 26-28 U.S. Supreme Court Arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the President’s landmark health care legislation.
In the segment of the broadcast titled “Supreme Court Experts Analyze the Arguments,” Ms. Papez joined former Deputy Solicitor General of the United States Daryl Joseffer, former Assistant to the Solicitor General and Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Elwood, and SCOTUSBlog’s Senior Supreme Court correspondent Lyle Denniston in addressing what happened during the groundbreaking three days of oral argument on the legislation.
Specifically, the panel addressed the focus of the Court’s questions; what emphasis the Court appeared to place on each of the various issues surrounding the Act’s constitutionality; how the arguments in these cases differed from other important U.S. Supreme Court arguments; and notable statements the Justices made that might portend what the Court’s decision will be on the key issues in the case, including but not limited to the constitutionality of the so-called “individual mandate,” its relationship to the rest of the law, and the Medicaid “coercion” and Anti-Injunction Act issues.
The panel was moderated by Mark Hall, the Fred D. and Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of the Wake Forest School of Law.