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  • In The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Marcia Coyle reports on recent comments by Justice Anthony Kennedy at Harvard Law School, noting that the Justice “may have revealed a source of his concern and dislike of solitary confinement.”
  • At Constitution Daily, Jeffrey Shulman looks back at Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in the same-sex marriage cases, arguing that “we should be paying attention to its revolutionary use of legal citation.”
  • In the Oxonian Review, Ryan Azad reviews Sisters in Law, Linda Hirshman’s book on Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • ImmigrationProf Blog previews next week’s oral argument in Torres v. Lynch, noting that the case presents “an important practical issue under the U.S. immigration laws.”
  • Adam Liptak of The New York Times reports on the dispute between the Illinois attorney general and governor, describing it as “just one salvo in the white-hot war over the fate of public unions, which hangs in the balance.”
  • At LAWnLinguistics, Neal Goldfarb previews Lockhart v. United States from a linguistic perspective, arguing that the case “presents about as stark a clash between opposing canons as you could ever hope to find.”
  • In a post at Dubitante, Justin Sadowsky looks ahead to next week’s oral arguments in Spokeo v. Robins “make two points about why a pro-Spokeo ruling here, if applied consistently to the text of Article III, would be revolutionary in its breadth,  and also why such a ruling will create dual sovereignty problems.”
  • In a second post at Dubitante, Sadowsky discusses the petition in “an important prescription drug patent case involving similar issues, Mylan Pharmaceuticals vs. Apotex,” that “involves a curiousness in the way generic drugs are regulated.”
  • The Citizens Guide to the Supreme Court previews Heffernan v. City of Paterson, describing it as a case “about whether the Government can discipline you at work when they think you are engaged in free speech, but you argue that you are not.”

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Oct. 28, 2015, 8:17 AM),