|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Issues: (1) Whether a secular court can, consistent with the First Amendment’s religion clauses, adjudicate a minister’s employment-related state-law tort claims against a religious organization using neutral principles of tort law; and (2) whether the First Amendment precludes the adjudication of a minister’s employment-related state-law tort claims only when brought against the legal entity that was the minister’s employer.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Feb 17 2021||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 25, 2021)|
|Feb 26 2021||Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Inc.|
|Mar 02 2021||Waiver of Will McRaney of right to respond not accepted for filing. (March 04, 2021)|
|Mar 04 2021||Waiver of right of respondent Will McRaney to respond filed.|
|Mar 10 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 3/26/2021.|
|Mar 12 2021||Brief amici curiae of The American Association of Christian Schools & The Association of Christian Schools International filed. (Distributed)|
|Mar 18 2021||Brief amici curiae of Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention filed. (Distributed)|
|Mar 22 2021||Response Requested. (Due April 21, 2021)|
|Mar 24 2021||Motion to extend the time to file a response from April 21, 2021 to May 21, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.|
|Mar 25 2021||Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including May 21, 2021.|
|Mar 25 2021||Brief amici curiae of National Legal Foundation, et al. filed.|
|Apr 20 2021||Brief amici curiae of Agudath Israel of America and Torah Umesorah filed.|
|Apr 21 2021||Brief amici curiae of States of Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah filed.|
|Apr 21 2021||Brief amici curiae of Professors Elizabeth A. Clark, Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Carl H. Esbeck, David F. Forte, Richard W. Garnett, Christopher C. Lund, Michael W. McConnell, Michael P. Moreland, Robert J. Pushaw, and David A. Skeel filed.|
|May 20 2021||Brief of respondent Will McRaney in opposition filed.|
|May 26 2021||Letter waiving the 14-day waiting period for the filing of a reply pursuant to Rule 15.5 filed.|
|May 28 2021||Reply of petitioner The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Inc. filed. (Distributed)|
|Jun 01 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/17/2021.|
|Jun 16 2021||Rescheduled.|
A surprising stat at this point in the term: Both Kagan and Breyer have been in the majority slightly more often than Alito.
Kavanaugh continues to have the highest rate (as he has for most of the term). Sotomayor has the lowest.
Still 15 cases left. So this could all change.
The first two pieces in our symposium on yesterday's decision in Fulton v. Philadelphia are up. First, @JimOleske dissects the decision in light of the court's shadow-docket ruling in Tandon v. Newsom, which took a very different approach to free exercise.
Fulton quiets Tandon’s thunder: A free exercise puzzle - SCOTUSblog
This article is the first entry in a symposium on the court’s decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. ...
Number of pages written by each justice in the five decisions handed down this week (majority opinions, concurrences, and dissents all included):
While today's decision in Fulton v. Philadelphia is a win for a Catholic group seeking to participate in the city's foster program, it stops short of the broad endorsement of religious freedom the challengers had hoped for. Here's @AHoweBlogger's analysis:
Court holds that city’s refusal to make referrals to faith-based agency violates Constitution - SCOTUSblog
In a clash between religious freedom and public policies that protect LGBTQ people, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday...
Now do we say that Sonia Sotomayor and the other liberals supported child slavery by all voting for Nestle today? Of course not. And Nestle’s lawyers like @Neal_katyal obviously don’t either. The cheap attacks on the court and thoughtful lawyers did not age well. -tg
The claim @nealkatyal was defending slavery is flat wrong & libelous. Here is what he actually said, which is the reverse: child slavery is abhorrent, criminal, horrific. Remember in a pending case he can't comment, so read what he really said in full.
Tired from this morning's momentous opinions? Get ready to do it all again next week -- three times. The court just revealed that next Monday, Wednesday and Friday will all be opinion days.
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