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1 week 3 days ago

Julian Bond, the legendary civil rights activist who died on Sunday at age 75, had his day at the Supreme Court on November 11, 1966. The previous year he had easily won his race for a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, but his new colleagues refused to seat him. Bond, a self-described pacifist, had been openly critical of the Vietnam War and the draft...

6 weeks 2 days ago

Guest Post by Vinay Harpalani, Associate Professor of Law, Savannah Law School

In its October 2015 term, the U.S. Supreme Court will once again consider the constitutionality of race-conscious admissions policies. On June 29, the Court surprised many observers when it granted Abigail Fisher’s...

9 weeks 19 hours ago

 

For whom do the justices write their opinions? In the run-of-the-mill Supreme Court ruling, the answer to this question seems self-evident. Who would plow through a lengthy, often technical, always citation-laden opinion other than judges, lawyers and law professors? Yet when it comes to big ones, the minority of decisions that capture the attention of the American people, the justices often seem to aspire to a broader audience in their written opinions.

The Chief...

9 weeks 4 days ago

The headline from today’s major rulings involving the Affordable Care Act and the Fair Housing Act is that the supposedly “conservative” Roberts Court continues to produce a remarkably “liberal” series of decisions. The surprising success of the Court’s left-leaning justices this Term had been noted even before today, and most...

9 weeks 4 days ago

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Horne v. Department of Agriculture, reversing the Ninth Circuit and declaring an agricultural marketing program dating back to the 1930s an unconstitutional takings. Chief Justice Roberts wrote the decision for the court, joined, predictably, by...