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Tuesday round-up

The justices are in recess but their actions—particularly Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s—continue to attract attention. Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko of the Associated Press report that Ginsburg “is packing her schedule and sending signals she intends to keep her seat on the bench for years.” At The National Law Journal (registration or subscription required), Tony Mauro reports that, despite some criticism of Ginsburg for not planning to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address tonight, “it is not uncommon for Supreme Court justices—liberal or conservative—to steer clear of the presidential address.”

Looking ahead to the February sitting, Scott Bomboy for Constitution Daily reports that “the last three days of February are shaping up to be action-packed for the nine Justices.” For the ABA Journal, Mark Walsh reports that one of those cases, United States v. Microsoft, in which the justices will consider whether the government can gain access from email providers to data that is stored overseas, “underscores the growing impact and legal complications of cloud computing.”


  • For the Washington Examiner, Melissa Quinn profiles the Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo, who “has played roles big and small in the confirmations of four of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices, including the most recent, Justice Neil Gorsuch.”
  • At The World and Everything In It (podcast), Mery Reichard covers recent oral arguments in two original-jurisdiction cases among the states over water rights, Florida v. Georgia and Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado.
  • At LAWnLinguistics, Neal Goldfarb looks at Gorsuch’s “choice of dictionaries to cite in his Artis dissent,” which Goldfarb argues are “subject to some significant criticisms in terms of what might be called lexicographic relevance.”

Recommended Citation: Andrew Hamm, Tuesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Jan. 30, 2018, 8:32 AM),