|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|15-1251||D.C. Cir.||Nov 7, 2016||Mar 21, 2017||6-2||Roberts||OT 2016|
Disclosure: Vinson & Elkins LLP, whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel on an amicus brief in support of the respondent in this case.
Holding: (1) Subsection (b)(1) of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, which prevents a person who has been nominated to fill a vacant office requiring presidential appointment and Senate confirmation from performing the duties of that office in an acting capacity, applies to anyone performing acting service under the FVRA and is not limited to first assistants performing acting service under Subsection (a)(1); and (2) Subsection (b)(1) prohibited Lafe Solomon from continuing his service as acting general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board once the president nominated him to fill the position permanently.
Judgment: Affirmed, 6-2, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts on March 21, 2017. Justice Thomas filed a concurring opinion. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Ginsburg joined.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Apr 6 2016||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due May 9, 2016)|
|May 9 2016||Brief of respondent SW General, Inc., dba Southwest Ambulance in opposition filed.|
|May 24 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 9, 2016.|
|May 24 2016||Reply of petitioner National Labor Relations Board filed. (Distributed)|
|Jun 10 2016||Letter dated June 9, 2016, received from the Solicitor General calling the Court's attention to a new decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. (Distributed)|
|Jun 13 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 16, 2016.|
|Jun 20 2016||Petition GRANTED.|
|Jun 30 2016||The time to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits is extended to and including August 12, 2016.|
|Jun 30 2016||The time to file respondent's brief on the merits is extended to and including September 19, 2016.|
|Aug 5 2016||Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner National Labor Relations Board.|
|Aug 12 2016||Brief of petitioner National Labor Relations Board filed.|
|Aug 18 2016||Brief amicus curiae of American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations filed.|
|Aug 19 2016||Brief amicus curiae of Constitutional Accountability Center filed.|
|Sep 2 2016||SET FOR ARGUMENT On Monday, November 7, 2016|
|Sep 9 2016||Record has been requested from the U.S.C.A. District of Columbia Circuit.|
|Sep 19 2016||Brief of respondent SW General, Inc., dba Southwest Ambulance filed.|
|Sep 23 2016||Record received from the U.S.C.A. District of Columbia Circuit is electronic and located on PACER.|
|Sep 23 2016||Brief amicus curiae of Southeastern Legal Foundation filed.|
|Sep 26 2016||Brief amicus curiae of Morton Rosenberg filed.|
|Sep 26 2016||Brief amici curiae of Washington Legal Foundation and Allied Educational Foundation filed.|
|Sep 26 2016||Brief amici curiae of National Federation of Independent Business, et al. filed. (Distributed)|
|Sep 26 2016||Brief amicus curiae of Chamber of Commerce of the United States filed. (Distributed)|
|Sep 26 2016||Brief amici curiae of Senators John McCain and Thom Tillis urging affirmance filed. (Distributed)|
|Sep 26 2016||Brief amici curiae of West Virginia, et al. filed. (Distributed)|
|Sep 26 2016||Brief amicus curiae of Cato Institute filed. (Distributed)|
|Sep 28 2016||CIRCULATED|
|Oct 3 2016||Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner GRANTED.|
|Oct 19 2016||Reply of petitioner National Labor Relations Board filed. (Distributed)|
|Nov 7 2016||Argued. For petitioner: Ian H. Gershengorn, Acting Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. For respondent: Shay Dvoretzky, Washington, D. C.|
|Mar 21 2017||Adjudged to be AFFIRMED. Roberts, C. J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Kennedy, Thomas, Breyer, Alito, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Thomas, J., filed a concurring opinion. Sotomayor, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Ginsburg, J., joined.|
|Apr 24 2017||JUDGMENT ISSUED|
Just in: New COVID procedures (including PCR tests) for lawyers in advance of the Supreme Court's return to in-person arguments next week.
With less than a week to go b/4 #SCOTUS returns to the courtroom, the Court has posted COVID-19 protocols for lawyers arguing this fall, including a new pre-argument tradition: COVID testing. Full document is here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/announcements/Fall_2021_argument_COVID_protocols.pdf
New at SCOTUS: Rick Allen Rhoades, who is set to be executed tomorrow evening in Texas, asks the justices for an emergency stay. Rhoades argues that he has been denied access to trial records that would help him investigate whether the jury selection was tainted by racial bias.
One week from today, the court will begin its new term and the justices will return to the courtroom for the first time since the pandemic hit. Time to dust off those robes and get ready for the first day. Here's our new banner, "back to school" edition, from @Courtartist.
The justices are meeting privately today for their "long conference." Thousands of cert petitions have rolled in over the summer, and the justices use today's conference to discuss which ones they should take up. Here are all the petitions we're watching:
Supreme Court Petitions - ScotusBlog
Comprehensive list of U.S. Supreme Court Petitions including issues, docket, opinions, proceedings, orders, and more.
FWOTSC. You figure that one out.*
h/t to @marinklevy for the story and the always-entertaining threads.
#SCOTUS announces that it will hold a formal, although "purely ceremonial," investiture ceremony for Justice Amy Coney Barrett next Friday. Attendance at the ceremony is by invitation only, & press coverage will be pooled. Full announcement is here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/press/pressreleases/pr_09-24-21