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No Signs Of Supreme Court’s Conservatives Slowing Down

By Jimmy Hoover

The U.S. Supreme Court’s last term was considered by many to be the most consequential in a generation as the court’s conservative justices delivered key victories on abortion and guns. But one quick glance at the new term’s docket suggests this new supermajority has only just begun shifting the law to the right. 

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The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

By Jack Karp

Oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court are always a singular experience, the more so this term as the justices returned to hearing cases in person after being remote last term. 

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Justices Back On Bench, But Hearings Still Getting Longer

By Jimmy Hoover

For decades, the U.S. Supreme Court was famous for enforcing time limits on oral arguments. That changed during the pandemic due to the challenge of telephonic hearings. But despite the justices’ return to the bench a year ago, arguments have only gotten longer. 

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The Quiet Power Of Amy Coney Barrett

By Jimmy Hoover

She is not the most talkative at oral arguments nor does she write the most opinions, but Justice Amy Coney Barrett is a key player in the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority who seems to be in control over the law’s rightward push. 

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THE CASES

From Leak To Decision, Dobbs Majority Didn’t Waver

By Jimmy Hoover

Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft striking down Roe v. Wade underwent few substantive changes before becoming the law of land Friday, signaling a unified conservative majority that never wavered even as public outcry over the decision grew. 

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Dobbs May Be Just The First Domino, Dissent Warns

By Hannah Albarazi

In a scathing and sorrowful dissent, the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal justices warned Friday that the “catastrophic” decision to overturn Roe v. Wade not only strips millions of American women of their constitutional right to abortion but “throws longstanding precedent to the winds” and threatens the very foundation of the U.S. legal system. 

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High Court Pares Down EPA’s Clean Air Act Power

By Keith Goldberg and Juan Carlos Rodriguez

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday restricted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, finding that the Obama administration exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Act when it allowed states to issue regulations aimed at increasing the use of cleaner sources of electricity generation. 

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Justices Strike Down NY Gun Law, Expand 2nd Amendment

By Jimmy Hoover

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote Thursday that New York’s restrictive licensing regime for firearm carry permits is unconstitutional, expanding the scope of the Second Amendment to outside the home for the first time. 

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Justices Seem Set To End Use Of Race In College Admissions

By Chris Villani

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative justices expressed doubt Monday that race should continue to be a factor in college admissions, hinting that they may overturn a decades-old precedent and steer schools toward “race-neutral” alternatives. 

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Breaking Down The Vote: The High Court Term In Review

By Jack Karp

The overturning of a long-standing precedent, the surprising leak of a draft opinion and the announcement of Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement all made for a tumultuous term at the U.S. Supreme Court. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this court term. 

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– Law360

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