Category Archives: Conference Report

New Case on State Action: Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck

Last Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, a case about when and whether a private entity that runs a public access channel is a “state actor.” The question is important because state actors can be held liable for violating constitutional rights; private actors generally cannot. As the Legal Information Institute … Continue reading New Case on State Action: Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck

Orders Lists: October 9 and 15, 2018

Although the Supreme Court has held two Conferences since it began hearing oral arguments in October, it has not added any new cases to its argument docket for the Term. [Correction: it added one case on Friday, October 12. See here for details.] Indeed, the Order Lists from those Conferences were fairly uneventful. The Court … Continue reading Orders Lists: October 9 and 15, 2018

Opinions and Orders: Voting Rights, Contracts Clause, and Class Actions

In a 5-4 opinion, which was quickly criticized by some  as “flagrantly political” and “nakedly political,” and praised by others as “a victory for election integrity, ”the Court reversed the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Husted v. A Philip Randolph Institute. The Court held that the voter list-maintenance process in Ohio does not violate the National … Continue reading Opinions and Orders: Voting Rights, Contracts Clause, and Class Actions

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