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At USA Today, Richard Wolf reports on the traditions that govern the life of the most junior justice, noting that Justice Neil Gorsuch will likely be “assigned to write mostly unanimous opinions in less-than-scintillating cases.” In Sports Illustrated, Michael McCann looks at how Gorsuch’s jurisprudence suggests he would rule in cases involving “the legality of NCAA amateurism,” concluding that although “Gorsuch’s views on amateurism are not certain, overall, they probably favor the NCAA.”


  • At the Brennan Center for Justice, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy looks at Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC, a case to be heard next term in which the justices will decide whether corporations can be sued under the Alien Tort Statute, which gives federal courts jurisdiction to hear suits brought by non-citizens for violations of international law; she argues that if “corporations are treated as people for the purposes of free speech and religious rights, those rights should come with responsibilities as well.”
  • At the Special Education Law Blog, Jim Gehrl weighs in on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, in which the court held that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires a school to offer an “individualized education program” reasonably calculated to allow the student to progress appropriately in light of the child’s circumstances, attempting to explain why “each side (parents and school officials) still thinks that they won.”
  • In The Atlantic, Garrett Epps discusses the petition for rehearing filed in the Supreme Court by seven Arkansas death-row inmates challenging “the ‘extraordinary’ schedule” for their executions, pointing out that the “state has told these prisoners—and the world—that the end of their lives will be coordinated with the expiration date on a Food and Drug Administration warning label.”
  • In The Washington Post, Tonja Jacobi and Dylan Schweers lay out their research showing “that the male justices interrupt the female justices approximately three times as often as they interrupt each other.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Apr. 14, 2017, 7:02 AM),