The Supreme Court term that ended in late June was difficult to categorize. For much of the term, the justices seemed to be more harmonious and unanimous, with fewer closely divided decisions than during the previous term. But in the cases that won the most headlines, the Court’s splits re-emerged, with Justice Anthony Kennedy playing the role of swing vote as he often has since the departure of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2005.

At Legal Times‘ seventh annual Supreme Court review, four expert appellate advocates — each of whom argued at least one case before the Court in the past term — analyzed the decisions and the trends that emerged and forecast what to look for next term.