Marcia Coyle

Trump Administration Casts Cloud Over Transgender Case at High Court

Marcia Coyle

As the Trump administration mulls announcing a solicitor general, a shift away from an Obama-era policy on the scope of transgender rights at public schools could affect the marquee civil rights case of the current U.S. Supreme Court term. That shift in policy, announced late Wednesday, has already

It's Time for John Roberts to Speak Up: Study

Marcia Coyle

President Donald Trump's attacks on federal judges and the declining public confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court suggest it's time for Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. to become a more aggressive and visible advocate for judicial independence, three political science scholars contend in a new study.

Gorsuch Supports Two-Year Law School, but Scalia Dissents

Marcia Coyle

Judge Neil Gorsuch and President Barack Obama agree at least on one thing: a third-year of law school should be optional. Gorsuch questioned the need for three years of law school in a September 2015 paper he presented at the United Kingdom-United States Legal Exchange in London. One of Gorsuch's le

Where Have All the Supreme Court 'Pin Cites' Gone?

Marcia Coyle

If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were writing, it would be called "The Mysterious Case of the Supreme Court's Missing, Official Pinpoint Citation." When you cite to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, you're supposed to use the official record of case decisions: United States Reports. But there have been no U.S

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Visits Military Institute Whose Doors She Opened to Women

Marcia Coyle

More than two decades after her majority decision opened the all-male bastion of the Virginia Military Institute to women, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday told a packed hall of the school's cadets that she knew her ruling "would make VMI a better place." Ginsburg told the backstory of the d

Trump's Sister, 'High' on Hardiman for SCOTUS, Doesn't Always Agree With Him

Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro

Donald Trump's sister, federal appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, might be "high" on her colleague Thomas Hardiman as a potential U.S. Supreme Court justice. But Barry and Hardiman are hardly ideological soulmates. By no means an exhaustive search, here are some highlights from cases in which Hardi

Sotomayor Joins High Court Chorus of Confirmation Criticism

Marcia Coyle

"Vexing." "Broken." "Not functioning very well." Welcome to the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process, in the eyes of sitting justices. As President Donald Trump prepares to announce his Supreme Court pick, the oft-criticized Senate confirmation proceedings soon will move into the public eye. The

Small D.C. Law Firm Maps Defense, Offense Plays Against Trump

Marcia Coyle

The public interest mission of Deepak Gupta's law firm in Washington is reflected in its three U.S. Supreme Court arguments this term—and it's the same mission that has drawn the small firm into the first significant suit against President Donald Trump and alleged conflicts of interest.

Controversy Dogs a Late Chief Justice's Monument

Marcia Coyle

More than 150 years after his death, Chief Justice Roger Taney, author of the "Dred Scott" decision that upheld slavery, still stirs controversy for public officials—particularly in his native home of Maryland. What should be done, if anything, about a life-size statue on public grounds of the man w

Justices Will Decide Legality of Class Action Bans in Employment Contracts

Marcia Coyle

An unusual confluence of petitions from employers, employees and the government successfully urged the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether workplace arbitration agreements banning class actions violate federal labor laws. The justices agreed on Friday to take up the dispute.

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