NPR Turns to Shook Partner John Barkett to Analyze Recent Supreme Court Decisions

KCUR interviewed at length Shook Partner John Barkett on the recent Supreme Court decision that found Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers sexual orientation and transgender status. In addition, KCUR Host Steve Kraske spoke to Barkett about future cases before the Supreme Court including one challenging the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which places 650,000 young people at risk of being deported.

During the interview, Barkett said that he anticipated DACA would be remanded and that the Chief Justice would write the opinion because he wrote the census decision last year.

On Thursday, two days after the interview, the Supreme Court remanded the DACA case allowing the so-called DREAMers to remain here for now. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the DACA program was “arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedures Act.”

Highly respected in the industry, Barkett brings more than 40 years of legal experience as the basis for his analysis of the Supreme Court. He serves as an arbitrator, mediator, facilitator or allocator in a variety of commercial, environmental and reinsurance contexts. In an addition to his law practice, Barkett is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law and has been a member of the Advisory Committee for Civil Rules of the Federal Judicial Conference from 2012 to 2018.

Barkett's comments begin at 17 minutes into the program.