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  • Ariane de Vogue reports at CNN that “[t]he Justice Department told the Supreme Court late Monday night that the Trump administration acted lawfully when it decided in 2017 to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation.”
  • At Bloomberg Law, Jake Holland spotlights the Supreme Court litigation clinics that have “cropped up at top law schools across the country, provid[ing] quality representation to groups who can least afford it and act[ing] as a pipeline to elite appellate work, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.”
  • At AP, Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko write that while “[d]ozens of legal briefs supporting fired funeral director Aimee Stephens at the Supreme Court use ‘she’ and ‘her’ to refer to the transgender woman,” “the Trump administration and the Michigan funeral home where Stephens worked avoid gender pronouns, repeatedly using Stephens’ name”: … “Decisions about gender pronouns may seem minor, but they appear to reflect the larger issues involved in this high-stakes battle.” [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is counsel on an amicus brief in support of respondent Stephens in this case.]

  • At Justia’s Verdict blog, Austin Sarat argues that, in an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to dismiss a case involving New York City’s restrictions on transporting firearms, several Democratic “senators may be right to conclude that ‘The Supreme Court is not well[, b]ut whether or not they prevail in convincing the Court to dismiss the … case, their accusations further damage the Court’s already shaky hold on the public’s respect.”
  • In the latest episode of SCOTUStalk, Amy Howe chats with William Jay about the ins and outs of oral advocacy before the Supreme Court.

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Aug. 21, 2019, 6:45 AM),