Category Archives: Orders of the Court

Conference Report: November 2 Conference

At its November 2 Conference, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in six cases. Two of the cases, which have been consolidated, involve challenges to a cross on public land. Those cases were brought by the American Humanist Association against the American Legion and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. In a 2-1 decision, he … Continue reading Conference Report: November 2 Conference

Conference Report: October 26 Conference

After the Supreme Court justices met in Conference on October 26, the Court  called for the views of the Solicitor General in two cases. In Swartz v. Rodriguez, the Court is asking the Solicitor General to weigh in on issues relating to an implied remedy for damages and qualified immunity where a United States border … Continue reading Conference Report: October 26 Conference

SCOTUS and the Election: North Dakota Voter ID Law

As the 2018 midterm election approaches, parties to election and voting-related litigation are asking the Supreme Court to step in. On Tuesday October 10, 2018, for example, the Court ruled on a request to issue a stay in a North Dakota voter ID law challenge, declining to intervene. The North Dakota law requires that voters … Continue reading SCOTUS and the Election: North Dakota Voter ID Law

SCOTUS and the Ross Deposition

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will not have to sit for a deposition in a lawsuit that challenges his decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, at least at for the moment, the Supreme Court ruled in an order it handed down Monday night. John Gore, the acting head of the civil … Continue reading SCOTUS and the Ross Deposition

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

New Cert Grants from SCOTUS

Although all eyes have been on the Kavanaugh nomination, the Supreme Court has continued to go about its business. It will have its first day of oral arguments on Monday, October 1. (For an in-depth review of the upcoming Term, listen to this National Constitution Center podcast.)  And last week, the Court announced that it … Continue reading New Cert Grants from SCOTUS

Orders and Opinions: Mandatory Minimums, Religious Freedom & Gay Rights

As we look ahead to the week at SCOTUS, here’s a recap of last week’s orders and opinions. Orders         In its June 4 orders, the Court called for the views of the Solicitor General regarding Airline Service Providers Association v. Los Angeles World Airports. The Court is considering whether to hear this case, which … Continue reading Orders and Opinions: Mandatory Minimums, Religious Freedom & Gay Rights

Orders from the October 6 Conference

The Supreme Court released orders from last week’s Conference on Tuesday.  The Court dismissed the government’s appeal in one of the travel ban cases, Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project. In this case, the Fourth Circuit upheld a district court’s injunction of portions of President Trump’s travel ban Executive Order. The Court granted certiorari in … Continue reading Orders from the October 6 Conference

December Argument Schedule & Orders

On Friday, the Court released the argument calendar for the December sitting, which will begin on November 27. Perhaps the most high-profile case is Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, scheduled for December 5. Masterpiece Cakeshop, involves a Colorado bakery that refused to sell a wedding cake to Charlie Craig and David Mullins in … Continue reading December Argument Schedule & Orders