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A Report from the American Constitution Society Annual Convention

From Guest Blogger Anna Jirschele, Chicago-Kent, Class of 2018 Lawyers, judges, and legal scholars came together in Washington, D.C., last week for the American Constitution Society’s 15th annual National Convention. Vice President Joe Biden welcomed attendees at the dinner on the opening night. One particularly interesting panel was on “Race, Speech and Inclusion on Campus.” … Continue reading A Report from the American Constitution Society Annual Convention

Defying the Court

There was not much mystery as to how this one was going to turn out. Kim Davis’ legal arguments for why she should not be required to follow the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling were paper thin. They got her nowhere. The only real question was whether the Kentucky county clerk was going to back … Continue reading Defying the Court

Half a Cheer for Justice Ginsburg’s Celebrity Turn

Justice Ginsburg’s frequent and increasingly candid off-the-bench statements have elicited praise and condemnation from predictable sources. Fueled by social media, she has achieved an almost cultish celebrity status, her every remark cherished by her admirers, her face featured on “Notorious RBG” t-shirts. Although Justice Scalia has an army of faithful followers and Justice Sotomayor has … Continue reading Half a Cheer for Justice Ginsburg’s Celebrity Turn

Defying the Federal Courts

“Courts are just people. They’re just men and women dressed in black robes who have no power to re-declare, or declare, the social foundation of this nation as being unconstitutional.” These were the words of Roy S. Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Moore is a man with a proud history of defying … Continue reading Defying the Federal Courts

Justice Sotomayor’s First Oral Dissent

On Tuesday, for the first time in her five years on the Supreme Court, Justice Sotomayor read a dissent from the bench. This was in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the case in which the six-justice majority upheld Michigan’s ban on racial preferences in its public universities. Oral dissents, as a relatively unusual … Continue reading Justice Sotomayor’s First Oral Dissent

Canadian Supreme Court Rejects Its Newest Member

While ISCOTUS is dedicated to matters that relate to the highest court in the U.S., a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada is worthy of a few passing remarks. Last Friday the Supreme Court of Canada, in a rare advisory opinion, held that the most recent appointment to its own Bench was not … Continue reading Canadian Supreme Court Rejects Its Newest Member

The Complexity of Consensus on the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Justices are famous for their disagreements. Yet they actually come together in agreement on a surprising number of cases. Why do Justices with such passionate ideological differences agree so often? Political scientists Pamela C. Corley, Amy Steigerwalt, and Artemus Ward explore the question in The Puzzle of Unanimity: Consensus on the United … Continue reading The Complexity of Consensus on the Supreme Court

IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Christopher W. Schmidt is named director of ISCOTUS

IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Christopher W. Schmidt has been named director of the law school’s Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS). Professor Schmidt succeeds ISCOTUS founding director Carolyn E. Shapiro, who was recently appointed Illinois Solicitor General. Established in 2011, ISCOTUS provides information, educational resources, and scholarship on the nation’s highest court. … Continue reading IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Christopher W. Schmidt is named director of ISCOTUS

Inside the Case: Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison

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Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison

The Supreme Court will hear Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison in January. Here to explain this layered bankruptcy case are Professor Adrian Walters of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Judge Timothy Barnes of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.