“Trench Warfare”

Former U.S. Deputy Solicitor General andformer Counselor to Special CounselRobert S. Mueller, III discusses significant criminal law decisions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court over the past yearMichael Dreeben, former U.S. deputy solicitor general and former counselor to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, discusses significant criminal law decisions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court over the past year. (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM)
  • Former deputy U.S. Solicitor General Michael Dreeben painted a map of where some of the past years biggest U.S. Supreme Court cases could be headed in the future.
  • Dreeben, who is among an exclusive group of lawyers who have argued more than 100 cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, said the past year could set the stage for a showdown on abortion rights and an expansion of the Fourth Amendment. The comments came during the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco Friday.


  • Dreeben recently capped off his 30-year tenure with the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office working with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Although Dreeben was silent about his time with Mueller, he had a lot to say about several Supreme Court cases that could contour the future of criminal law.

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Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster, based in San Francisco, covers disruptive trends and technologies shaping the future of law. She authors the weekly legal futurist newsletter What’s Next. Contact her at alancaster@alm.com. On Twitter: @a_lancaster3

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