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This week at the court

November 19th, 2017 12:00 PM

This week at the courtOn Tuesday the justices will meet for their November 21 conference; our list of “petitions to watch” for that conference is available at this link. The calendar for the December sitting, which begins on November 27, is available on the Supreme Court’s website.

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Petition of the day

November 17th, 2017 08:02 PM

Petition of the dayThe petition of the day is: Medrano-Arzate v. May 17-601 Issue: Whether a plaintiff can state a cognizable claim for municipal liability under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for the deprivation of a citizen’s substantive due process rights without alleging that the employee who carried out the municipal policy also acted with a constitutionally culpable state of mind.

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Justices release January calendar

November 17th, 2017 04:10 PM

Justices release January calendarToday the Supreme Court released the calendar for its January sitting, which begins on January 8. The justices will kick off the new year with not one but two interstate disputes over water: Texas v. New Mexico, involving the apportionment of the waters of the Rio Grande River, and Florida v. Georgia, involving the allocation of the […]

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Petitions to watch | Conference of November 21

November 17th, 2017 01:43 PM

Petitions to watch | Conference of November 21In its conference of November 21, 2017, the court will consider petitions involving issues such as whether Congress possesses plenary power over Indian affairs and, if so, whether the plenary power expands the Indian commerce clause to authorize the displacement of state rights to territorial integrity; and whether, given the petitioner’s credible evidence that a juror […]

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SCOTUS for law students: The roles of the chief justiceWhen Chief Justice John Roberts takes his place in the middle seat on the bench, he is performing his most visible and widely known duty: presiding over the Supreme Court. But the chief justice also has a number of other roles, both within the judiciary and outside the court. Roberts acted in one of those […]

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Friday round-up

November 17th, 2017 07:27 AM

Friday round-upBriefly: In the National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Marcia Coyle reports that Fane Lozman “has been a thorn in the side of the city council of Riviera Beach, Florida, for more than a decade[, a]nd now—for the second time in five years—his legal battles with the city have captured the attention of the […]

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Petition of the day

November 16th, 2017 08:02 PM

Petition of the dayThe petition of the day is: Labor and Industry Review Commission of Wisconsin v. Coleman 17-579 Issue: Whether a magistrate judge has the authority to dismiss a pro se plaintiff’s frivolous or meritless lawsuit when the plaintiff has consented to the magistrate’s authority under 28 U.S.C. § 636(c)(1), but the defendant has not yet been served.

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SCOTUS Map: October and November 2017

November 16th, 2017 11:51 AM

SCOTUS Map: October and November 2017On October 11, Fordham Law School honored Justice Anthony Kennedy with the 2017 Fordham-Stein Prize, which is given annually to “an individual whose work embodies the highest standards of the legal profession.” According to Fordham News, the justice took the opportunity to say a few words about the promises and perils of the internet: The […]

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Thursday round-up

November 16th, 2017 07:11 AM

Thursday round-upFor USA Today, Richard Wolf reports that “[w]hen a Colorado ‘cake artist’ who refuses to serve same-sex weddings brings his case to the Supreme Court next month [in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission], he’ll have a tight-knit fraternity of florists, bakers and memory makers in his corner,” hoping for “potential salvation” after “a nearly […]

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Petition of the day

November 15th, 2017 08:20 PM

Petition of the dayThe petition of the day is: Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com 17-571 Issue: Whether the “registration of [a] copyright claim has been made” within the meaning of 17 U.S.C. § 411(a) when the copyright holder delivers the required application, deposit, and fee to the Copyright Office, as the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 5th […]

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