Coverage of and commentary on the challenge to the University of Texas at Austin’s consideration of race in its undergraduate admissions process come from Michael Bobelian for Forbes, Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal, the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal, Roger Clegg at Inside Higher Ed, Garrett Epps of The Atlantic (which is also hosting a reader debate on the issue), and Steven Mazie at Big Think.

Commentary on Evenwel v. Abbott, the “one person, one vote” challenge to the state legislative maps in Texas, comes from the editorial board of The New York Times, while at Dubitante Justin Sadowsky looks back at the Court’s December sitting more generally.


  • At onlabor, Andrew Strom looks ahead to next month’s oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association and discusses how Justice Clarence Thomas might vote: “On the one hand, his political conservatism would lead one to expect him to invalidate fair share fees, but perhaps his originalism will cause him to rule against the petitioners.”
  • In The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Tony Mauro reports that a microphone recorded comments by protesters at the Court during oral arguments earlier this year.
  • Rick Hasen marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore with an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel and a post at his own Election Law Blog.
  • At the Human Rights at Home Blog, Margaret Drew discusses the Court’s denial of review in a case “challenging a Chicago suburb’s ordinance banning the possession of assault weapons.”
  • At the Maryland Appellate Blog, Steve Klepper discusses his poem, The Love Song of J. Anthony Kennedy, published in the Green Bag.
  • In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Michael Bindas urges the Court to grant review in two challenges to state laws prohibiting aid to sectarian schools and “resolve the lingering conflict between the Constitution’s command of neutrality toward religion and the vestiges of anti-Catholicism that still haunt the constitutions of so many states.”

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Dec. 11, 2015, 10:46 AM),