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13 Jun, 2019

Term Heats Up with Summer Recess in Sight

2019-06-13T16:27:24+00:00June 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Between now and the end of June, the Court will release opinions in 24 cases.  Two hot-button political issues have garnered the most attention: (1) whether the Trump administration can put a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and (2) whether federal courts can strike down voting maps as excessively partisan. Though we have no [...]

3 Jun, 2019

Law Review Article Highlights “Virtual Briefing”

2019-06-11T20:35:40+00:00June 3rd, 2019|

  There is a new way to argue at the Supreme Court—a conversation that exists completely outside of the courtroom at 1 First Street: “Virtual Briefing.” A forthcoming paper* in the Cornell Law Review by professors Jeffrey L. Fisher (Stanford Law School) and Allison Orr Larsen (William & Mary Law School) posits that: The open [...]

14 May, 2019

Term Finish Line in Sight

2019-05-14T21:11:04+00:00May 14th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

  Legal commentators have long speculated that Supreme Court Justices prefer to release their most controversial opinions at the end of each term before embarking on summer recess to travel, teach, and write. For the fifth straight term, however, the Court has more than half of its opinions still outstanding at this point of the [...]

3 Jan, 2019

Stats from the Supreme Court’s 2017 Term

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Tags: , , , |

  During the Supreme Court’s 2017 Term, the number of paid (booklet format) cases increased 11% while the number of in forma pauperis (IFP) filings decreased 3%.* 2017 Term 6,315 total filings 4,595 IFP filings 1,720 paid filings 2016 Term 6,305 total filings 4,755 IFP filings 1,550 paid filings To place these numbers in perspective, [...]

26 Oct, 2018

Sandra Day O’Connor to Step Away from Public Life, Citing Dementia

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

  Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says she has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and will step away from public life. O'Connor, 88, was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan as the first female Supreme Court justice of the United States in 1981. O’Connor served on the nation’s highest [...]

10 May, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy to Retire Next Month?

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00May 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

  “I believe we’re going to have another Supreme Court justice this year. I think Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer.” – Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. Rumors of Justice Kennedy’s impending retirement have persisted for the last three years.  With six weeks left in the 2017 term – Kennedy’s 30th year as [...]

7 May, 2018

Kennedy Retirement Watch

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00May 7th, 2018|Tags: , |

As the October 2017 term winds down, all eyes are on Justice Kennedy for any indications that he will announce his retirement from the bench. While there have been no new rumors or public signs that he intends to retire, both Republicans and Democrats have been monitoring the situation closely as a vacancy would likely [...]

3 Apr, 2018

All About Original Actions

2019-03-18T18:47:13+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , |

The Supreme Court receives many types of documents each day for its review. Appeals to the Supreme Court alone encompass a lot of different types of briefs, including petitions, briefs in opposition, amicus curiae briefs, and reply and supplemental briefs, to name a few. Less frequently, but equally important, are original actions, which are governed [...]