Speaking Engagement

21st Amendment & Its Future in the Courts

13th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference

Virtual Online Event

Blank Rome Partner Deborah Skakel will be a speaker for the 13th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference, being held virtually on four consecutive Wednesdays, September 2 through September 23, 2020.

Debbie’s panel, “21st Amendment & Its Future in the Courts” will take place Wednesday, September 2, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT, and will provide an update on litigation since last year’s United States Supreme Court decision in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association (TWSRA) v. Thomas and explore the significant impact the case had on the 21st Amendment’s interpretation in pending and future litigation across the country, particularly with respect to the Dormant Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

The panel will also offer commentary on the scores of lawsuits in the United States right now questioning the 21st Amendment's authority. Is the historical tension between the Commerce Clause and the 21st Amendment here to stay? Or will states have the resources and evidence they need to justify certain state alcohol laws and defend their 21st Amendment rights?

In an effort to accommodate varied schedules and time zones, Debbie’s and all other sessions will be made available on-demand to conference registrants after the live seminars conclude.

For more information, please visit the event webpage.