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Yesterday the Court issued grants from its September 28 Conference, adding thirteen new cases to its docket for the upcoming Term.  Lyle Denniston covered the orders for this blog, while at PrawfsBlawg Howard Wasserman discusses the grant in Bank Markazi v. Peterson, in which the Court will consider the constitutionality of a federal statute that orders a federal court to require the surrender of the bank’s assets to pay victims of terrorism.  And Robin Bravender and Jeremy Jacobs of Greenwire report on the grant in “an Alaska moose hunter’s challenge to a federal ban on using hovercraft on National Park Service waterways.”


  • The Oyez Project has unveiled a new version of its website, with new features that include improved visuals and responsive design. Allison Bernstein describes the changes in a guest post at iSCOTUSnow.
  • In The Economist, Steven Mazie previews the upcoming Term, suggesting that, after “springtime rulings friendly to gay rights and Obamacare, the Supreme Court is likely to swing back to the right when the justices dust off their robes and return to work on October 5th.”
  • In another post for The Economist, Mazie reviews Justice Stephen Breyer’s new book; he concludes that some readers “may disagree with his perspectives on particular legal conflicts, but the book’s main message is inarguable: in a world that is smaller and more tightly interconnected than it has ever been, the Supreme Court cannot stand aloof from the legal universe beyond America’s shores.”
  • At SeytLines, Kenneth Grady discusses the “remote possibility that the Supreme Court will touch on a delivery of legal services issue.”
  • In an essay for the Wake Forest Law Review, Eric Segall looks at the jurisprudence of Justice Antonin Scalia and argues that his “rejection of judicially created rights and limitations that do not have strong textual or historical support is a narrative that should not . . . hold up over time.”
  • In the Daily Beast, Ilya Shapiro and Josh Blackman discuss the amicus brief that they filed on behalf of the Cato Institute in the challenge by the Little Sisters of the Poor to the accommodation offered by the government to non-profit religious groups that object to the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control mandate.

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Oct. 2, 2015, 8:14 AM),