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20 Feb 2014, 9:06 am by Michael Dorf
The following contribution to our contraceptive mandate symposium comes from Michael C. [read post]
17 May 2016, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
Monday’s Supreme Court ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. [read post]
9 Jan 2018, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
Last week, Attorney General Sessions rescinded an Obama administration policy under which the Department of Justice did not target law enforcement efforts against marijuana cultivation, distribution, or use that is permissible in the states in which it occurred—either for medical or recreational purposes. [read post]
19 Sep 2017, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
Last week, the Israel Supreme Court ruled that the government’s policy of exempting Haredim (ultra-Orthodox Jews) from military service amounted to unconstitutional discrimination. [read post]
26 Dec 2017, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
The changes to the tax code passed by Congress last week overwhelmingly benefit corporations and wealthy individuals, although they also include measures that cut taxes on most middle-class taxpayers, albeit only temporarily. [read post]
7 Aug 2018, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
Last week, 72 of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s former law clerks signed a letter addressed to Senators Grassley and Feinstein, respectively the chairman and ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, urging the confirmation of another former Kennedy clerk, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to fill the vacancy created by the justice’s retirement. [read post]
15 Nov 2016, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
We can start by listening.Follow @dorfonlaw Michael C. [read post]
20 Feb 2018, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
Last week’s horrific mass shooting at a Florida high school quickly led to an all-too-familiar pattern of “thoughts and prayers,” calls for gun control measures, counter-assertions that such calls improperly “politicize” a tragedy, and the dissection of the shooter’s background, with special focus on his mental health. [read post]
9 Jan 2017, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
Last week Chief Justice John Roberts recused himself from a patent case that was argued in December when he discovered that his financial holdings created a potential bias. [read post]
1 May 2018, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
Last week, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a ruling by a federal district judge rejecting an effort by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to bring a copyright lawsuit on behalf of Naruto, a crested macaque. [read post]
20 Mar 2018, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
After the Supreme Court found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. [read post]
3 Apr 2018, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
John Hart Ely dedicated his extraordinarily influential 1980 book on judicial review, Democracy and Distrust, to Chief Justice Earl Warren. [read post]
20 Dec 2018, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
In the wake of a Supreme Court ruling in a Michigan land dispute earlier this year, I explained in a column for this site that the non-ideological divisions between the justices on display in the case reflected disagreement on a deep question about the very nature of law: How general must a legislative command be to count as a law? [read post]
3 Oct 2017, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
The Supreme Court Term that opened on Monday provides opportunities for the justices to resolve numerous important legal questions. [read post]
30 Apr 2019, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
The only real question is whether those justices will have the courage of their stated convictions.Follow @dorfonlaw Michael C. [read post]
17 Feb 2019, 9:01 pm by Michael C. Dorf
After Congress denied him most of the funding he requested for a border wall last week, President Trump declared a national emergency, thereby invoking power to shift funds that were originally appropriated for other purposes. [read post]