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Coverage of the Court continues to focus on Justice Sotomayor’s memoir, My Beloved World.  The ABA Journal and Chicago Tribune have coverage of the Justice’s visit to Chicago this week as part of her book tour.   Lincoln Caplan of The New York Times describes the memoir as “a gift to the Court and anyone interested in it,” while The Economist concludes that “what emerges” from the memoir “is a pragmatic and optimistic groundedness, and a sense of how the law can, does and should affect people’s daily lives.”


  • This blog continues its new feature, “SCOTUSblog on camera,” with the third part of its interview with Adam Liptak of The New York Times.
  • At the Huffington Post, Bruce Ackerman asks whether the Court is “about to declare war on the twentieth century,” considering this question in light of the Court’s decision last June in the Affordable Care Act case, this Term’s Shelby County v. Holder, in which the Court is considering the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and a possible challenge to the constitutionality of the President’s recess appointments.
  • In a “Legal scholarship highlight” for this blog, Rick Hasen discusses his forthcoming article, in which he argues that although the increasing political polarization in Congress is strengthening the Court at Congress’s expense, this polarization simultaneously threatens to affect the Supreme Court nomination process.
  • At PatentDocs (here and here), Kevin Noonan continues to review the various amicus briefs filed in Bowman v. Monsanto, in which the Court is considering the ways in which the doctrine of patent exhaustion might apply to self-replicating technologies.
  • At BuzzFeed, Chris Geidner reports on efforts by supporters of same-sex marriage to rally support from unions and civil rights groups in the lead-up to the March 26 and 27 oral arguments in which the Court will consider the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

Recommended Citation: Rachel Sachs, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Feb. 1, 2013, 8:21 AM),