For all the trivia nerds out there, I forgot to mention two important, but oft-unmentioned facts about yesterday’s argument. General Kagan opted not to wear the traditional grey morning coat that male Solicitors General wear. Instead, according to the WSJ Law Blog, she wore a blue pants suit. Of course, the writing was on the [...]

In anticipation of Sonia Sotomayor’s first oral argument next week, C-SPAN has revealed a 10-minute excerpt of interviews with several Supreme Court Justices. C-SPAN had previously announced that October 4-12 would be “Supreme Court Week” featuring interviews with each of the Justices, but it has announced just excerpts from those interviews that deal with issues [...]

I’ve never noticed these before, but the Supreme Court posts brief summaries of each case on its website before the cases are published in the official US Reports. You can find the summaries on the Court’s site here. I also compiled a PDF of the summaries for OT08 cases that you can find here. The [...]

This weekend, I went through all the oral argument transcripts from OT00 through OTO8 and I counted how many times each of the major advocates has argued before the Supreme Court. I know that I’ve got all of the big advocates (10+ arguments), but I might be missing a few of the advocates with less. [...]

Solicitor General Kagan has filed a motion for divided argument in Citizens United v. FEC, according to SCOTUSblog. If the motion is granted, the division would create for a very interesting dynamic for the Court’s special September 9 sitting. 30 minutes – Ted Olson 20 minutes – Elena Kagan 10 minutes – Seth Waxman Frequent [...]

While I will readily accept that my end-of-term comments are even less relevant than usual because they are so belligerently late, I still think I have a few interesting things to point out about the nearly-finished term. First, and least controversially, Justice Kennedy still controls an important position in the middle of the Court. Justice [...]

In a surprise move, the Supreme Court decided to hold a new round of oral arguments in Citizens United focused on whether or not to overrule Austin v. Michigan. It’s very, very rare for the Court to hold rearguments in a case although they will periodically request additional briefing on an issue. In Montejo v. [...]

The Supreme Court will hand down the final three opinions of the term tomorrow when it holds its last public session before its summer recess. The Court will also bid farewell to Justice Souter, as it will likely be his last time being seen publicly as a sitting justice. The three cases are Ricci v. [...]

The Court’s decision in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder largely dodged the core constitutional issue in question and has forced me to wonder how the Court will handle a different, though similarly charged, issue in Ricci v. DeStefano. To refresh everyone on the facts in Ricci, a group of white firefighters [...]

Walter Dellinger, a noted Supreme Court advocate who is most recently received headlines for arguing for the district in DC v. Heller, has submitted the first entry in a new series on Slate called “The Supreme Court Breakfast Table.” His letter to Dahlia Lithwick and Linda Greenhouse is an interesting summary of the many issues [...]



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