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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 [...]

1 Feb, 2019

February 1st: New Merits Brief

2019-02-01T15:52:46+00:00February 1st, 2019|

Brief of State Appellees, in Va. House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, No. 18-281, filed on January 28th     To read this Supreme Court merits brief, or to review the Court’s docket for this case, click the heading to open this post, then follow the links!

1 Feb, 2019

February 1st: Recently Filed Petitions

2019-02-01T15:48:56+00:00February 1st, 2019|

McKesson Corp. v. True Health Chiropractic, Inc., filed on January 25th McKinzy v. Gaston, filed on January 25th     To read either of these Supreme Court petitions, click the heading to open this post, then follow the links!

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, [...]