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Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! The 2016 First Monday In October Report Is Here!

A preview of selected cases appearing on the United States Supreme Court’s docket for the 2016-2017 Term.

Big Monday, 2015

The Supreme Court adjourns for the Term with decisions about redistricting, air pollution, and executions. Burt Likko summarizes each of them, and offers a sad observation about judicial comity losing one of its most prominent sentinels,

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The Highest Profile Legal Writing Clinic Ever

The legal writing in Obergefell v. Hodges is both a model and a caution for future writers, especially those who, like lawyers, would write to persuade.

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Delivering Due Deference

Chief Justice Roberts was nearly silent during oral argument, and then wrote the 6-3 majority opinion in today’s Obamacare case. Burt Likko replies to Justice Antonin Scalia’s accusations of through-the-looking-glass judicial activism.

Estragon v. Godot, or, Still Waiting For The Big Decisions

An underwhelming report from SCOTUS this morning.

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Walker, Texas Lawsuit

What happens when a fraternal organization, dedicated to commemorating Confederate veterans of the U.S. Civil War, declares “all in” before the U.S. Supreme Court, in a case where there appear to be two directly controlling yet contradictory cases and the ideological alignments of the Justices are apparently inverted? Burt Likko breaks down today’s license plate case.

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Dignitas Versus Auctoritas

This one is going to be a squeaker.

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When Text And Context Collide

Wednesday, the Supreme Court will entertain the latest challenge to Obamacare. If you can make it all the way through this post, you’re going to understand what’s going on way better than your neighbors. Added bonus: a significant detour through the jurisprudence of piscene spoliation, which you’ve no doubt all been anxiously awaiting.

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First Monday 2014

Same cast, brand new season! Burt Likko offers a look at some of the high points of the Supreme Court’s docket for the 2014-2015 Term.

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2013-2014 Term Recap (Save Two)

It’s the close of the term, and here’s a recap of the major cases from SCOTUS this year. Some surprising results. Some, not so much. Alsotoo: we’re waiting until Monday for the Hobby Lobby and Harris decisions.

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A Switch In Time

Nearly every social conservative who called for the impeachment of Justice Anthony Kennedy after his opinion in Lawrence v. Texas owes the man an apology. Burt Likko explains why in a longish analysis of Monday’s decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway.

In My Opinion’s Wake

Burt Likko thinks that Citizens United and McCutcheon were correctly decided. But how can he square that conclusion with his recent Ordinary Court opinion?

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Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Parts II and III: Dissenting and Concurring Opinion

Tim Kowal agrees the Greens have individual standing, but suggests the corporation is the appropriate party to assert their claims.

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Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Part III: Justiciability of Individual Claims [Updated]

In Part III of the Ordinary Court’s treatment of the Hobby Lobby case, the Ordinary Justices’ voting pattern shifts, with dramatic results.

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Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Part II: Justiciability of Corporate Claims

Part II of the opinion, dealing substantively with whether Hobby Lobby can state a claim for relief under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Part I: Background and Standards of Law

The first part of the Ordinary Court’s treatment of one of this year’s most-publicized legal cases. To begin, we must understand the factual and legal landscape.

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Dreaming of the Guild

Now, before you get all in a huff about the California Supreme Court admitting an undocumented alien to practice law, at least read Burt Likko’s digest of the ruling.