Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Monday, April 18

Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Monday, April 18

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, April 18.

The US Supreme Court [official website] hears oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In the first, Grable & Sons Metal Products v. Darue Engineering [Duke Law School case backgrounder], 04-603, the Court will decide whether a state quiet title action can be removed to federal court by claiming that a necessary interpretation of a US statute raised a substantial federal question and created original jurisdiction in the district court. The ABA has merit briefs in the case. In the second, Johnson v. California [Duke Law School case backgrounder], 04-6964, the Court will consider what must be shown in challenging a another party's peremptory challenge as based on impermissible group bias. The ABA has merit briefs in the case.

The US Senate [official website] convenes at 1 PM ET today, when it will consider H.R. 1268 [bill summary], the Iraq/Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations bill. Watch a live webcast of the session.

The US House [official website] convenes at 2 PM ET today for a pro forma session. Watch a live webcast of the session.

The Commission on Federal Election Reform [official website] is holding a forum on election reform and the integrity of federal elections, beginning at 10:30 AM ET today. Watch a live webcast of the event via C-SPAN.

The Cato Institute [official website] is holding a forum titled "The Future of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT): Prospects and Problems" at Noon ET today. Watch a live webcast of the event.

The Heritage Foundation [official website] is hosting a forum titled "Life and Death: Reflections on the Terri Schiavo Case" at Noon ET today. Watch a live webcast of the forum.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars [official website] is holding a forum titled "Reform of the United Nations Security Council and the Role of Latin America" at 3 PM ET today. Watch a live webcast of the event.

The UN Security Council [official website] meets at Noon ET today, when it will consider the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. View the agenda, and watch a live webcast of the meeting.

The Eleventh UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [official website] opens today in Bangkok, Thailand. View the agenda for the session.

At the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Johan Tarculovski [initial indictment] makes a further appearance before the tribunal at 9:30 AM local time [3:30 AM ET] today. Also today, Vujadin Popovic [ICTY case backgrounder] will make an initial appearance before the tribunal at 3 PM local time [9 AM ET] today. Watch a webcast of proceedings.