Marcia Coyle

Blind Law School Applicant Loses High Court Case, But Vows Continued Fight

Marcia Coyle

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a legally blind man's challenge to what he claims is the discriminatory logic-games portion of the Law School Admission Test. His lawyer said the legal fight will continue.

185 Corporate Counsel Urge Congress to Fund LSC

Marcia Coyle

President Donald Trump routinely has sought corporate America's voice on a range of issues, but will he and members of Congress listen to the 185 in-house counsel who are opposed to his zero budget for the Legal Services Corp.?

Religious Health Systems, Facing ERISA Liability, Pin Hope on Justices

Marcia Coyle

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday took up an employee-retirement dispute that threatens to expose religious-affiliated, nonprofit health care systems to billions of dollars in retroactive penalties rooted in the protection of pensions.

Lawyers in Gorsuch 'Frozen Trucker' Case Surprised at Attention

Marcia Coyle

The case of the frozen trucker sounds like a Conan Doyle mystery but it has become a focal point in Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings, to the surprise of the lawyers who faced off before the judge—and to the frustration of one of them.

'Judges Are Not Politicians in Robes,' Gorsuch Tells Senate

Marcia Coyle

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch emphasized in his opening statement Monday the independence and dedication to law of federal judges across the country. "Judges are not politicians in robes," Gorsuch, addressing the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, said Monday. "If I thought that I'd ha

Legal Services Corp., Under Trump, Faces New Threat to Existence

Marcia Coyle

Legal Services Corp. faced perhaps its greatest crisis in the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan and his supporters attempted to disband the agency. Now more than 30 years later, as President Donald Trump moves to cut funding to zero, a battle for its survival is likely to begin again.

In Dissent, Gorsuch Was Tough on Regulators and Skeptical of Legislative History

Marcia Coyle

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on March 20 will head to the U.S. Senate for his confirmation hearing, where his record as a federal appeals judge—his majority rulings and his dissents—will come under new scrutiny. The late Justice William O. Douglas once said, "The right to dissent is the o

Dozens of Companies Await SCOTUS Ruling on Workplace Class-Action Bans

Marcia Coyle

Dozens of companies in retail, banking, health care and technology await the U.S. Supreme Court's answer to whether workplace arbitration agreements that ban class actions violate federal labor law.

726 Women Carve a Legacy at the Supreme Court Lectern

Marcia Coyle

Who are the women who have argued at the U.S. Supreme Court throughout history? Author Marlene Trestman wanted to know, and so did Julie Silverbrook, executive director of The Constitutional Sources Project. Separately and several years apart, they began the hunt for answers.

UGA Law Student Joins SCOTUS Brief By Transgender Lawyers, Students

Marcia Coyle

Representatives from the legal community—including lawyers, law students and law professors—last week signed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a Virginia transgender teenager whose discrimination case was pending at the U.S. Supreme Court. More than 100 transgender persons signed the brief i

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