SCOTUS’ Slight Push Back at the End of 2016

Context By many metrics, and even by the Court’s standards, the Supreme Court has been quiet so far during the 2016 Term.  While the Court has naturally taken fewer cases over recent years (exponentially fewer if we look back over the preceding decades), there is context for the most current muted effort. Much of the…

Early Term Decisions

The Supreme Court released two more decisions today in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc. and Salman v. United States. Both were unanimous – the Samsung decision written by Justice Sotomayor and Salman by Justice Alito.  This brings the total number of authored decisions so far this Term to four. All were unanimous and the only separate opinion was a concurrence by…

New Court Dynamics With A New Term of Oral Arguments

After the first week of oral arguments for the 2016 Supreme Court Term, two of the main stories from the Court deal with Justice Breyer’s hypothetical question involving the robbery of Kim Kardashian, and the slight upturn in the number of female attorneys participating in oral arguments at the beginning of this Term as compared to years…

The Lucky Ones: Cert Grants 2016

Sixteen. That is the number of cases that the Supreme Court is currently slated to hear in the 2016 Term.  This number in itself is exceptionally low for this time of year, although in terms of absolute case grants it is not exponentially far behind years past  (see below). For those who follow the Supreme…