On April 28, 1998 the Federalism and Separation of Powers Practice
Group sponsored a Washington D.C. briefing on the Supreme Courts
oral arguments in the Line-Item Veto Act case that had occurred the
day before. Tom Griffith, U.S. Senate Legal Counsel, summarized the
history behind the Line-Item Veto case and offered his observations
regarding the arguments before the Supreme Court.
In pertinent part, Mr. Griffith suggested that the Court seemed
less concerned about standing than in the previous Line-Item Veto
challenge. Moreover, he indicated that several justices expressed
concerns about the applicability of the Nondelegation Doctrine.
About 35 members were in attendance. The Federalist Society thanks
the law firm of Wiley, Rein and Fielding for its graciousness in
hosting the luncheon briefing.