• At Education Week’s The School Law Blog, Mark Walsh reports that,”[j]ust weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court said it would revisit the question of affirmative action in higher education, a new report sheds light on how widespread the use of race in admissions remains.”
  • Lawrence Hurley of Reuters discusses a recent poll indicating that “[m]ost Americans would support imposing a term limit” on Supreme Court Justices.
  • At Crime and Consequences, Kent Scheidegger discusses (and pushes back against) a recent article by Adam Liptak on summary dispositions at the Court this Term.
  • In The New York Times, Andrew Ross Sorkin discusses cases in which some Justices have owned stock in companies that have filed amicus briefs and the possibility that the stocks could be held in a blind trust owned by third parties.
  • AJIL Unbound, the online forum of the American Journal of International Law, is hosting a symposium on the Court’s decision in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, the Jerusalem passport case.
  • In a post at Balkinization, Marty Lederman looks at the impact of the Court’s 2014 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, including the petitions for certiorari that have been filed by non-profit religious organizations; he concludes that “Supreme Court review is now a distinct possibility (although hardly inevitable).”
  • With the Court having announced at the end of last month that it would hear oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, in which it has been asked to overrule its decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, Mark Pulliam has a post at Library of Law and Liberty in which he discusses the origins of Abood.
  • At The Legal Intelligencer (subscription or registration required), Charles Kelbley discusses the Court’s opinion in the same-sex marriage cases and contends that “a central part of Kennedy’s opinion did focus on several principles and traditions that demonstrate the reasons why marriage is a fundamental constitutional right and how those reasons apply with equal force to same-sex marriage.”
  • At The Blog of Legal Times (subscription or registration required), Tony Mauro reports on Justice Samuel Alito’s comments in a recent interview with Bill Kristol.
  • In an op-ed for The (Eugene, Oregon) Register-Guard, Hayden Rooke-Ley contends that both of the Court’s recent cases upholding the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and tax subsidies “are vintage Roberts: They strengthen the court’s institutional role, but are imbued with arguments that entrench Roberts’ conservative jurisprudence.”

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