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During arguments over COVID-19 policy, two absent lawyers and more masks on the bench

A VIEW FROM THE COURTROOM By Mark Walsh on Jan 7, 2022 at 9:03 pm A View from the Courtroom is an inside look at significant oral arguments and opinion announcements unfolding in real time.  There are several unusual and noteworthy things about today’s arguments in two cases regarding Biden administration responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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The lives they lived and the court they shaped: Remembering those we lost in 2021

IN MEMORIAM By James Romoser on Dec 31, 2021 at 7:12 pm From left: Neil Sheehan, Sarah Weddington, Karen Hastie Williams, and Steve York. The first Black woman to clerk on the Supreme Court. Two trailblazing civil-rights litigators. The unofficial barber of the justices. The woman who argued Roe v. Wade just a few years […]

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Roberts to Congress on court reforms: We’re on it

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Dec 31, 2021 at 6:00 pm Chief Justice John Roberts asks a question from the bench in March 2020. (Art Lien) Chief Justice John Roberts began his 2021 year-end report, as he so often does, with an anecdote from history to set the stage. But by the end of […]

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“Feelings run high”: Two hours of tense debate on an issue that divides the court and the country

A VEW FROM THE COURTROOM By Mark Walsh on Dec 1, 2021 at 7:22 pm Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart presents his case to the justices. (Art Lien) A View from the Courtroom is an inside look at significant oral arguments and opinion announcements unfolding in real time.  Outside the Supreme Court building, crowds of demonstrators […]

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Commission on court reform tweaks draft materials as it nears final report to Biden

SCOTUS NEWS By Ellena Erskine on Nov 19, 2021 at 8:13 pm President Joe Biden established his commission on court reform in April. (archna nautiyal via Shutterstock) President Joe Biden’s commission on court reform met again Friday to continue discussing a draft of the report it plans to submit to the president next month. Since […]

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Justices tweak format of in-person oral arguments to allow time for taking turns

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Sep 21, 2021 at 3:19 pm The Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that oral arguments will follow a slightly different plan when the justices return to the courtroom for in-person arguments next month. Instead of reverting entirely to the traditional “free for all” format for asking questions, the justices […]

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Prelogar sails through nomination hearing with only mild Republican critiques

Event Recap By Angie Gou on Sep 14, 2021 at 5:51 pm Elizabeth Prelogar giving her opening statements before the Senate Judiciary Committee during her nomination hearing. Elizabeth Prelogar, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be solicitor general, sat through a swift nomination hearing on Tuesday afternoon. Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, she was met […]

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Justices to hold in-person arguments in the fall

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Sep 8, 2021 at 1:10 pm The justices have not taken the bench since March 2020, but they will be back for in-person arguments next month. (stock_photo_world via Shutterstock) The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that the justices will return to the courtroom for oral arguments this fall. Because […]

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Biden nominates Prelogar as solicitor general

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Aug 11, 2021 at 11:25 am Elizabeth Prelogar argues before the Supreme Court in 2019 in her prior role as assistant to the solicitor general. (Art Lien) Nearly seven months after his inauguration, President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he has nominated Elizabeth Prelogar to serve as the […]

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Brave new court: Melissa Murray on the new conservative majority

Event Recap By Angie Gou on Jul 23, 2021 at 5:17 pm John Barrett interviewing Melissa Murray during the Chautauqua Institution’s 17th Robert H. Jackson Lecture Melissa Murray refused to recant her view: The newly minted conservative court is poised to effect great change in the country. Murray, a professor of law at New York […]