Category Archives: Conference Report

Conference Report: April 13, 2018 Conference

On Monday, the Supreme Court asked the United States Solicitor General to weigh in on four petitions for certiorari when it released the Order List from its April 13 Conference. And it denied the petition filed by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of seeking campaign contributions in exchange for official acts. Blagojevich … Continue reading Conference Report: April 13, 2018 Conference

Conference Report: March 23 and 29 Conferences

The Supreme Court added only one new case to its docket for next year in its two most recent Conferences, held on March 23 and March 29. The Court granted certiorari in Stokeling v. United States, a case about the definition of “violent felony” under the Armed Career Criminal Act (“ACCA”), 18 U.S.C. §924(e)(2)(B)(i). Because … Continue reading Conference Report: March 23 and 29 Conferences

Conference Report: March 16, 2018 Conference

On Monday, March 19, the Court released orders from the March 16 conference. The Court granted certiorari for Nielson v. Preap, a case concerning whether a noncitizen, pursuant to 8 U.S.C. §1226(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, is exempt from mandatory detention if the Department of Homeland Security does not take him into immigration … Continue reading Conference Report: March 16, 2018 Conference

Conference Report: Conference of February 16, 2018

On Tuesday morning, the Court released orders from its February 16 Conference. No new petitions for writs of certiorari were granted, and perhaps the most significant news was a failure to rule at all. Specifically, the Court did not rule on the federal government’s petition for review concerning the Trump administration’s termination of the policy … Continue reading Conference Report: Conference of February 16, 2018

Conference Report: January 19, 2018 Conference

On January 19, the Supreme Court held its last Conference until February 16 and on the same day it announced its decision to grant review in the latest travel ban case, Trump v. Hawaii. This case involves one of several legal challenges to President’s Trump third executive order restricting entry into the country primarily by … Continue reading Conference Report: January 19, 2018 Conference

Conference Report: January 12, 2018 Conference

At its Conference on January 12, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear twelve new cases, including an important Texas voting right case and a potentially significant case about whether states can tax their residents’ purchases from out-of-state vendors. In Abbott v. Perez, the Court agreed to hear a pair of appeals from the … Continue reading Conference Report: January 12, 2018 Conference

Conference Report: January 5, 2018 Conference

On Monday, the Supreme Court gave a death row inmate another chance to persuade the federal courts to consider whether his sentencing proceeding was infected with racial bias. The opinion in this case,  Tharpe v. Sellers, was issued as part of the Order List from the Court’s January 5, 2018 Conference. The Court did not … Continue reading Conference Report: January 5, 2018 Conference

Conference Report: December 1 and 8 Conferences

Over the last two weeks, the Supreme Court has granted cert in eight new cases and has issued a number of rulings of note. First, on Friday, December 8, in a 5-4 order, the Court granted a stay of a discovery order in a case challenging the Trump Administration’s decision to end the DACA program … Continue reading Conference Report: December 1 and 8 Conferences

Conference Report – November 21, 2017 Conference

On Monday, the Court issued orders from its pre-Thanksgiving Conference. It did not grant any new cases for full argument. In the most notable denial of certiorari, the Court declined to hear Kolbe v. Hogan, a challenge to a Maryland law that bans semiautomatic rifles and magazines. The law was passed in the wake of … Continue reading Conference Report – November 21, 2017 Conference

Conference Report – November 10, 2017 Conference

The Supreme Court issued orders from the November 9th conference on Monday morning.  The justices added three new cases to their docket and denied certiorari in a death penalty case from Alabama. All three of the cases that were added to the docket are First Amendment cases. The first, National Institute of Family and Life … Continue reading Conference Report – November 10, 2017 Conference