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  • Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the nomination of Principal Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. At USA Today, Richard Wolf reports on the committee’s vote and discusses the prospect that Srinivasan could eventually be nominated to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court; Matthew Huisman of the BLT also has coverage of the vote.
  • With the federal government having filed its cert. petition in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, seeking review of the D.C. Circuit’s decision that the President’s recess appointments to the NLRB are unconstitutional, Moshe Marvit predicts at The Century Foundation that “no matter how the court case is resolved the most recent era of the NLRB is likely over.”
  • Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal reports on the Court’s spring musicale.
  • At, Aaron Kase covers Monday’s decision in Bowman v. Monsanto Co., in which the Court held that the doctrine of patent exhaustion does not allow a farmer to reproduce patented seeds through planting and harvesting without the patent holder’s permission.
  • With the Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the challenge to the constitutionality of the university’s use of affirmative action in its undergraduate admissions process, expected by the end of next month, Roger Clegg offers his “simple prescription for race relations” at Minding the Campus.
  • For this blog, Deepak Gupta analyzes Monday’s decision in Dan’s City Used Cars v. Pelkey.
  • Meredith Heagney covers Justice Ginsburg’s appearance at the University of Chicago Law School, where she spoke with Geoffrey Stone before a capacity crowd. At Salon, Alex Seitz-Wald reports on remarks by retired Justice John Paul Stevens, who told an audience last night that the rationale behind the Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore was “really quite unacceptable.”

[Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys work for or contribute to this blog in various capacities, represented the American Association of Law Schools as an amicus in Fisher. In its former incarnation as Thomas C. Goldstein, P.C., the firm also represented the respondents in Bush v. Gore.]

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Recommended Citation: Allison Trzop, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (May. 17, 2013, 10:17 AM),