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At Dorf on Law, Eric Segall reviews Justice Neil Gorsuch’s new book, “A Republic, If You Can Keep It.” Daniel Cotter discusses the book in a column for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (subscription required), and Sarah McConnell covers Gorsuch’s recent book-tour stop in Austin, Texas, at The Texan.


  • Marcia Coyle reports at The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required) that a “constitutional challenge to Massachusetts restrictions on certain semiautomatic firearms and large-capacity magazines reached the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, marking the fourth gun-related petition that asks the high court for regulatory guidance in the new term.”
  • At Bloomberg Environment, Ellen Gilmer reports that “[l]ocal officials in Hawaii have decided to withdraw a major environmental case from the Supreme Court’s docket,” “vot[ing] 5-4 on Sept. 20 to settle County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, a case with big implications for the scope of the Clean Water Act.” [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is counsel on an amicus brief in support of the respondents in this case.]
  • Ben Evansky reports at Fox News that, “[a]s world leaders descend on New York for this year’s U.N. General Assembly, the immunity enjoyed by the organization is being challenged at the U.S. Supreme Court.”
  • In an op-ed at The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Todd Peppers argues that “[a]cademic diversity among the law clerk corps should be an important goal for the Supreme Court justices”; he suggests that “each term the individual justices each [should] select one law clerk from a different second or third tier law school.”
  • In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, William McGurn urges the justices to review National Review v. Mann, which involves a defamation suit stemming from criticism of a scientist’s climate-change methodology.
  • At Take Care, Mary Ziegler explains that June Medical Services v. Gee, which asks whether a decision upholding Louisiana’s law requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital conflicts with the Supreme Court’s 2016 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, “is revealing partly because of the social-movement strategies that helped to shape the Fifth Circuit’s opinion.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Tuesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Sep. 24, 2019, 6:50 AM),