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  • In The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Tony Mauro reports that the announcement that Justice Sonia Sotomayor has hired the first Native Hawaiian law clerk “symbolizes a quiet quest she has undertaken since joining the court in 2009 to better understand indigenous populations — not just Native Hawaiians but Native Americans, Alaskan natives and others.”
  • In the Los Angeles Times, David Savage looks ahead to United States v. Texas, the challenge to the Obama administration’s deferred-action policy, and the “signs that at least some of the justices are ready to rein in the president’s ability to take such bold action without the approval of Congress.”
  • At BuzzFeed, Chris Geidner discusses what the Court’s recent decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana, holding that the ban on mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles applies retroactively, means for a group of cases that “ask the justices to address how and under what circumstances states can sentence juveniles to life without parole, including in a handful of cases in which the convictions are for felony murder.”
  • At Cato at Liberty, Ilya Shapiro and Randal John Meyer discuss the amicus brief that Cato filed urging the Court to overrule its 1997 decision in Auer v. Robbins, generally requiring deference to an agency’s interpretation of its own guidance.

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Monday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Feb. 8, 2016, 8:42 AM),