Category Archives: Term

The Week Ahead – April 24, 2017

This morning, the Court issued orders from the April 21 Conference, and convened to hear arguments in McWilliams v. Dunn and Davila v. Davis. The Order List was somewhat anticlimactic, as the Court did not grant any new cases. Many were expecting to see some grants now that Justice Gorsuch has joined the Court, but … Continue reading The Week Ahead – April 24, 2017

This Day in Supreme Court History—April 22, 2014

On this day in 2014 the Supreme Court announced its opinion in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The case involved a 2006 amendment to the Michigan constitution, approved by a statewide referendum, that prohibited “all sex- and race-based preferences” in public education, employment, and contracting. The referendum was organized in response to Grutter … Continue reading This Day in Supreme Court History—April 22, 2014

The Weekly Roundup – April 21, 2016

Having a full complement of justices can be a matter of life and death, as became clear this week. In Justice Gorsuch’s first vote as a Supreme Court Justice, he provided fifth vote to overturn a stay issued by the Eighth Circuit, thus allowing Arkansas to proceed with the first in a series of executions, … Continue reading The Weekly Roundup – April 21, 2016

The Week Ahead – April 17, 2017

The Court began the week by welcoming Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch to the bench. As Richard Wolf of USA Today reports, Gorsuch was not shy about asking questions, and his questions focused forcefully on the text of the statutes the Court was considering. On Monday, the Court also issued its Orders List from the first … Continue reading The Week Ahead – April 17, 2017

Weekly Roundup – (delayed from) April 14, 2017

Did you miss your Supreme Court news this week? Let our Weekly Roundup help. (To stay on top of the latest Supreme Court happenings, follow @ISCOTUS on Twitter.) On Monday, April 10, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the next associate Supreme Court justice, filling the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia which remained … Continue reading Weekly Roundup – (delayed from) April 14, 2017

This Day in Supreme Court History—April 12, 1937

On this day in 1937, the Supreme Court handed down NLRB v. Jones & Laughlin Steel, a cornerstone of what became known as the “Constitutional Revolution of 1937.” In National Labor Relations Board v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, ten former workers of Jones & Laughlin Steel brought a suit against the company, asserting that … Continue reading This Day in Supreme Court History—April 12, 1937

The Week Ahead – April 10, 2017

As of this morning, with the swearing in of Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court is back to its full complement of nine justices. As The Los Angeles Times reports, Gorsuch had two swearing-in ceremonies. The first was a private ceremony at the Supreme Court, at which Chief Justice Roberts presided and, Mark Walsh of … Continue reading The Week Ahead – April 10, 2017

Weekly Roundup – April 7, 2017

Did you miss your Supreme Court news this week? Let our Weekly Roundup help. (To stay on top of the latest Supreme Court happenings, follow @ISCOTUS on Twitter.) The big news this week involved the Senate’s action on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to replace Justice Scalia. This morning, the Senate confirmed Gorsuch on a 55-45 … Continue reading Weekly Roundup – April 7, 2017

Should Democrats Filibuster the Gorsuch Nomination? Pro & Con

Here are the arguments for why Senate Democrats should filibuster: Garland. They need to protest what Republicans did to Judge Garland’s nomination last year. Democrats need to take extraordinary action to make it clear the extreme wrong of the Republican refusal to hold hearings. Gorsuch. Judge Gorsuch will be such a conservative justice that Democrats … Continue reading Should Democrats Filibuster the Gorsuch Nomination? Pro & Con

The Week Ahead – April 3, 2017

As ISCOTUSnow noted earlier today, this is showdown week for the Gorsuch nomination. Since this morning’s post, there have been two big developments. First, as expected, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of confirming Gorsuch on a party-line vote. Second, as was less certain, enough Democrats announced their intention to vote against cloture, which … Continue reading The Week Ahead – April 3, 2017