Category Archives: Term

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

Week in Review: Arguments and Opinion from the Week of November 6, 2017

The Court heard oral arguments in only two cases this week, previously discussed here, and it issued its first opinion of the Term. In Hamer v. Neighborhood Services of Chicago, argued on October 10, the Court unanimously held, in an opinion by Justice Ginsburg, that a rule of appellate procedure governing extensions to file a … Continue reading Week in Review: Arguments and Opinion from the Week of November 6, 2017

Conference Report – November 3, 2017 Conference

As part of its Order List from its November 3 Conference, the Supreme Court on Monday issued two summary decisions reversing lower court rulings in favor of habeas petitioners. It did not otherwise grant review in any new cases. The first case, Dunn v. Madison, involves the execution of an Alabama inmate who cannot remember … Continue reading Conference Report – November 3, 2017 Conference

Arguments: Week of November 6, 2017

The Court will hear only two arguments this week — one each on Monday and on Tuesday. It has also indicated that the first opinion(s) may be issued on Wednesday. In addition, orders from last Friday’s Conference will be released on Monday. On Monday, the Court will hear oral arguments in a bankruptcy case, Merit … Continue reading Arguments: Week of November 6, 2017

Week in Review: Arguments from the Week of October 30, 2017

This week, the Supreme court heard arguments in four cases. As our weekly preview explained, this week’s cases raised questions about habeas procedure and appellate review standards, and reviewed the meaning of the tolling provision for state court claims in supplemental jurisdiction cases. On Monday, the Court heard arguments in two cases. The first was … Continue reading Week in Review: Arguments from the Week of October 30, 2017

Conference Report – October 27 Conference

On Monday, the Court released its Order List from the October 27 Conference. It didn’t add any new merits cases to the docket, but there were still a few noteworthy orders. In one closely watched case, the Court denied certiorari in 616 Croft Ave., LLC et al. v. West Hollywood, CA. The builders of a … Continue reading Conference Report – October 27 Conference

Senator Warren, the Supreme Court, and Judicial Ethics

Senator Elizabeth Warren is worried about conflicts of interest on the Supreme Court. Unlike all other federal courts, the Supreme Court has no formal code of conduct. Supreme Court justices are largely on their own when it comes to off-the-court activities and deciding when to recuse because of a conflict of interest. In a Politico article  titled … Continue reading Senator Warren, the Supreme Court, and Judicial Ethics

Arguments: Week of October 30, 2017

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. Monday’s cases, which are both capital cases, present questions about habeas procedure. Tuesday’s cases are about appellate review standards.  The argument on Wednesday will review the meaning of the tolling provision for state court claims in supplemental jurisdiction cases. The first … Continue reading Arguments: Week of October 30, 2017

Report on October 13 Conference

While we wait for today’s Conference Order List, which will probably be released on Monday, here’s a summary of other recent orders and cert grants. On Monday, October 16, the Court declined the petition for certiorari in Al-Nashiri v. Trump, a case involving Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, a Guantanamo detainee who has been held in U.S. … Continue reading Report on October 13 Conference

Oral Arguments: Week of October 9, 2017

The week of October 9, the Supreme Court heard argument on only two days and in only three cases. (The Court was closed on Monday, October 10, for Columbus Day, and it had previously canceled oral argument in the travel ban cases, originally set for argument on Tuesday.) Nonetheless, as our pre-argument post explained, the … Continue reading Oral Arguments: Week of October 9, 2017