Yesterday’s coverage of the Court focused on the latest chapter in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, the dispute between the would-be adoptive parents and biological father of “Baby Veronica.”  In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision holding that the federal Indian Child Welfare Act does not bar the state courts from terminating the biological father’s parental rights, the South Carolina Supreme Court cleared the way for a family court to finalize the child’s adoption.  Lyle Denniston reports for this blog; Robert Barnes also covers the story for The Washington Post.

This blog’s online symposium on National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, in which the Court will consider the constitutionality of the president’s recess appointments to the NLRB, continued with a post from Jeffrey Hirsch, who considers the possible paths that the Court could take to resolve the case, from full approval of the D.C. Circuit’s decision to dismissal on the ground that it lacks jurisdiction.  And Elizabeth Wydra argues that the recess appointment power is “in line with the Constitution’s structure, text, and history.”


  • At The Atlantic, Simon Lazarus defends the Obama administration’s announcement that it would postpone the Affordable Care Act’s deadline by which large employers are required to provide their employees with health insurance or face a penalty, arguing that the decision to delay the effective date of the mandate falls within the discretion of the executive branch.
  • At Buzzfeed, Chris Geidner reports on a decision facing House Republican leaders in the wake of the Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, in which it struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act:  whether to continue to defend laws that limit veteran’s benefits to opposite-sex couples.
  • At ISCOTUSnow, Allison Bernstein summarizes some of the developments following the Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, in which the Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys work for or contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to Representative F. James Sensenbrenner et al., who filed an amicus brief in support of the respondents in Shelby County v. Holder; the firm’s Kevin Russell was among the counsel on an amicus brief filed by former senators in support of Edith Windsor in United States v. Windsor.

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