July 17, 2018

The Road from Janus to Roe: What the Supreme Court’s Disregard of Precedent Could Mean for All of Us

Hours before Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Janus v. AFSCME, overturning a 40-year-old precedent that had served as the bedrock of American labor law and demonstrating what Justice Kagan described in her dissent as “little regard for the usual principles of stare decisis.” What does this disregard for stare decisis mean as we evaluate President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee? Join ACS for a briefing that will provide an overview of the Janus decision, forecast what’s next for American workers, and place the decision in the larger context of what the decision may mean for other long-established precedents that Americans have come to rely upon, including Roe v. Wade.



Kate Andrias, University of Michigan Law School

Cynthia Soohoo, CUNY School of Law

Caroline Fredrickson, ACS President