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6 Dec, 2016

Racial Gerrymandering in the SCOTUS 2016 Term

2019-03-18T18:47:19+00:00December 6th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument regarding racial gerrymandering in two southern states: Virginia (Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, No. 15-680) and North Carolina (McCrory v. Harris, No. 15-1262). The topic was brought before the Supreme Court earlier this year in Wittman v. Personhuballah, No. 14-1504, however, the Justices dismissed [...]

17 Nov, 2016

President-Elect Donald Trump and the Supreme Court

2019-03-18T18:47:19+00:00November 17th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |

  Donald Trump’s presidency will undoubtedly have a lasting effect on the shape of the Supreme Court. Since 1789, there have been 112 justices on the Supreme Court. Having the opportunity to appoint a new justice is one of the prize opportunities for a president. With the right young justice, a president can influence American [...]

24 Feb, 2016

President Obama on His Search for the Next Supreme Court Justice

2019-03-18T18:47:22+00:00February 24th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

  Official portrait of President Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza) President Barack Obama has publicly outlined the traits he seeks in a new Supreme Court Justice.  Via a post at SCOTUSblog.com Wednesday morning entitled “A Responsibility I Take Seriously,” Obama revealed the characteristics he is looking for in a [...]

14 Jan, 2016

Friendly Persuasion: The Increase and Influence of Amici Curiae at the Supreme Court

2019-03-18T18:47:23+00:00January 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

  During the 2014-2015 Supreme Court term, amicus briefs were filed in 98 percent of merits stage cases.  A total of 781 amicus briefs – or almost 12 per case – were filed in controversies set for oral argument last year. “That’s more than double the briefs-per-case filed in the 1990s, and 12 times those [...]

29 May, 2014

This Week in SCOTUS History

2019-03-18T18:47:37+00:00May 29th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

During this week in 1922, the Supreme Court made an important ruling which helped shape Major League Baseball as we know it today.  The decision was Federal Baseball Club of Baltimore v. National League.  Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote in his majority opinion that exhibitions of baseball are purely state affairs, and thus not subject to [...]