Marcia Coyle

Former Texas Chief Justice Challenges His Old Court in New Gay-Rights Petition

Marcia Coyle

What may seem awkward at first glance is not at all awkward to Wallace Jefferson, former chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Jefferson, who returned to private practice in Austin four years ago, is now challenging his old court in a petition at the U.S. Supreme Court that could increase the al

Justice Department, Divided Internally, Backed Colorado Baker Over Gay Couple

Marcia Coyle

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions overcame reluctance among top lawyers under his command and pushed forward last week in the U.S. Supreme Court to support a Colorado baker who refused on religious grounds to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, according to lawyers with knowledge of the U.S

Lawyer Who Lost 1995 Gay Rights Case Says Justice Department's Reliance in 'Masterpiece Cake' Is Misplaced

Marcia Coyle

In its brief supporting a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, the U.S. Justice Department relied heavily on a 1995 Supreme Court decision that the gay community lost. John Ward, who argued that case, says the government's reliance is misplaced.

Justices Are Urged to Reject Confederate Emblem on Mississippi's Flag

Marcia Coyle

The law firm Reed Smith represents Mississippi lawyer Carlos Moore in a petition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up his challenge against the inclusion of the Confederate battle emblem in the state flag. Moore alleges the Mississippi state flag violates his equal protection rights.

'PACER Should Be Free,' Tech Scholar Argues in New Paper

Marcia Coyle

The federal judiciary's fee-based access to its public online database, known as PACER, is not just anachronistic and counter to history but harms the structural integrity of the modern judiciary, a new research article claims.

Former EPA Officials McCabe, Lorenzen Say Courts May Slow Trump's Efforts to Upend Agency Rules

Marcia Coyle

The Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency is moving swiftly to reverse major regulatory policies of the former Obama administration. We sat down and talked recently with two veteran environmental lawyers to discuss what steps the agency headed by administrator Scott Pruitt is taking

Justices Are Urged to Confront Military Role in Civilian Offices

Marcia Coyle

The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't reviewed a service member's challenge to a court-martial in more than 20 years. But that hasn't deterred Army and Air Force appellate lawyers and a Texas law professor from seeking review on behalf of more than 174 service members. The petitioners want the justices to d

Susan Fowler, Uber's Thorn, Shares Her Story With the Supreme Court

Marcia Coyle

Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who exposed in a blog post her claims of a hostile work environment, tells the U.S. Supreme Court in a key workplace challenge that class action waivers in arbitration agreements unfairly allow companies to eliminate legal risks associated with systemic, illega

Will University Affirmative Action Policies Survive a Kennedy-Less Supreme Court?

Marcia Coyle

The U.S. Justice Department reportedly is preparing to investigate university admissions policies for discrimination against white applicants, but it may be years before an affirmative action case returns to the U.S. Supreme Court, and when it does, the key justice—Anthony Kennedy—may not be there.

Kagan Recounts Obama Vetting Her for 'Another Very Good Job' That Wasn't SG

Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle

Elena Kagan was far along in the new Obama administration's vetting process for an important U.S. Justice Department job when she got a call from the White House. That job she was in line to get? Well, the White House wanted her to do something else. Kagan was asked to be the U.S. solicitor general

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