|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Issues: (1) Whether the First Amendment protects Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission’s right to hire coreligionists; (2) whether denying the Mission a total exemption from non-discrimination law that the state grants to secular, small businesses violates the Free Exercise Clause; and (3) whether the Washington Supreme Court violated the Free Exercise Clause by showing at least a “slight suspicion” of hostility to religious beliefs in deleting a total exemption the legislature bestowed.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Aug 02 2021||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 2, 2021)|
|Aug 10 2021||Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission|
|Aug 24 2021||Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, Matthew S. Woods|
|Aug 24 2021||Motion to extend the time to file a response from September 2, 2021 to November 1, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.|
|Aug 26 2021||Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including November 1, 2021.|
|Aug 30 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Samaritan's Purse filed.|
|Aug 31 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Westminster Theological Seminary filed.|
|Aug 31 2021||Brief amici curiae of 20 Current and Former Washington State Legislators filed.|
|Sep 01 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Citygate Network filed.|
|Sep 02 2021||Brief amici curiae of Gospel Rescue Mission Fellowship, et al. filed.|
|Sep 02 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association filed.|
|Sep 02 2021||Brief amici curiae of Montana, et al. filed.|
|Sep 02 2021||Brief amici curiae of Alabama, et al. filed.|
|Sep 02 2021||Brief amici curiae of Christian Legal Society, et al. filed.|
|Sep 02 2021||Brief amici curiae of General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists, et al. filed.|
|Sep 02 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Grace Youth and Family Foundation filed.|
|Sep 02 2021||Brief amicus curiae of First Liberty Institute filed.|
|Sep 02 2021||Brief amici curiae of Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team of the Religious Freedom Institute, et al. filed.|
|Sep 02 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence filed.|
|Sep 02 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Kevin C. Walsh filed.|
|Sep 02 2021||Brief amicus curiae of National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference filed.|
|Sep 02 2021||Brief amici curiae of American Association of Christian Schools, et al. filed.|
|Sep 08 2021||Amicus brief of American Association of Christian Schools, et al. not accepted for filing. (Dupilicate submission) (September 08, 2021)|
#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
Need a refresher on "cert before judgment" practice at SCOTUS? We've got you covered.
@steve_vladeck examined the practice (among other types of extraordinary relief) in 2018: https://www.scotusblog.com/2018/12/power-versus-discretion-extraordinary-relief-and-the-supreme-court/
And Kevin Russell wrote a detailed explainer in 2011:
Abortion providers in Texas return to Supreme Court, now asking the justices for immediate review on the merits of their challenge to the state’s six-week abortion ban (cert. before judgment)
The Supreme Court will have a new oral argument procedure when they return to the bench Oct. 4. There will be an opportunity for individual questioning by each justice in order of seniority.
Interesting new procedure for oral arguments when the justices return to in-person arguments next month. Does it increase the chances that we will continue to hear from Justice Thomas, who was an active participant using the taking-turns format? https://twitter.com/GregStohr/status/1440318536723812363
NEW: The Supreme Court just released its December argument calendar. Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the term's big abortion case, will be argued Dec. 1.
#SCOTUS will hear oral argument in Mississippi abortion case challenging Roe v. Wade on Dec. 1. Full December argument calendar is here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_calendars/MonthlyArgumentCalDecember2021.pdf
We noted yesterday that Justice Thomas was speaking at Notre Dame but that there was no livestream. A video of his speech is now posted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kb4bFYdujA
Thomas criticized the media and defended the court's independence. Seems to be a theme among the justices lately.
💥 Breyer continues book tour (including @colbertlateshow two nights ago).
💥 Barrett gave a speech Sunday @uofl.
💥 Thomas is slated to give the 2021 Tocqueville Lecture today @NotreDame (but, like Barrett's speech, there is apparently no livestream).
Incidentally, Gorsuch had been scheduled to give a speech at the University of Wyoming today, but his visit was canceled due to COVID.
Nothing from Kagan or Gorsuch though 😢 https://twitter.com/SCOTUSblog/status/1438530948207874050