Changing Work Patterns in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court decides well fewer than 100 orally argued cases each Term. This is only a fraction of the number of cases the Supreme Court heard in the past. There is concern that Court will hear even fewer cases during the 2016 Term due to the ongoing Supreme Court vacancy. The dynamics of these cases…

Odd Couples (and Trios)

With eight Justices voting on the majority of cases this Term, who are known to often split their votes along ideological lines, there were and are bound to be several unique repercussions.  The Justices had and have the option of evenly splitting their votes and leaving lower court opinions as they stand.  They also can seek…