As an "argumentative little kid," Stephanie Toti, who will make her first U.S. Supreme Court argument in this term's abortion case, always wanted to be a lawyer, but she found her niche in the law itself in her grandmother's greatest regret in life.
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Before former U.S. solicitor general Seth Waxman rose to argue his 75th case before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, it seemed to some that this milestone would be an uphill battle.
When he served as U.S. attorney for South Dakota and chairman of the U.S. Justice Department’s Native American Issues subcommittee, Brendan Johnson learned firsthand the quality of Indian tribal courts. Today, he doesn’t like the picture of tribal justice that a multibillion-dollar corporation is painting for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Their cases may not command the high profile of abortion, immigration, affirmative action and other challenges now on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision docket. But four tribal cases granted review by the justices have been called by some experts a “potential watershed” term for Indian law.
U.S. Supreme Court justices rarely have a unique connection to the underpinnings of cases that come before them. But Wednesday’s arguments undoubtedly touched a chord with Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
The Obama administration’s regulatory effort to reduce electricity use during times of peak demand won broad support from the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.
So far, so good for the plaintiffs’ bar in the latest batch of class action cases the U.S. Supreme Court is considering this term.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has logged 53 public appearances in the past two terms—more than any other justice, according to a website that tracks justices’ speaking engagements.
By the end of oral arguments Tuesday in Heffernan v. City of Paterson, New Jersey, lawyers and justices agreed on one thing: The case was really odd. "This is a bizarre case," said Thomas Goldstein of Goldstein & Russell. "It is bizarre," Justice Antonin Scalia concurred. In the course of the hour, some of the exchanges posed lessons that practitioners can learn from.