|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Issues: (1) Whether the Supreme Court should overrule Grutter v. Bollinger and hold that institutions of higher education cannot use race as a factor in admissions; and (2) whether Harvard College is violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by penalizing Asian-American applicants, engaging in racial balancing, overemphasizing race and rejecting workable race-neutral alternatives.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Feb 25 2021||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 31, 2021)|
|Mar 03 2021||Motion to extend the time to file a response from March 31, 2021 to May 17, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.|
|Mar 04 2021||Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including May 17, 2021.|
|Mar 23 2021||Brief amici curiae of Gail Heriot and Peter N. Kirsanow filed.|
|Mar 25 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Southeastern Legal Foundation filed.|
|Mar 25 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Professor David E. Bernstein filed.|
|Mar 26 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Economists in Support of Petitioner filed.|
|Mar 29 2021||Brief amicus curiae of National Association of Scholars filed.|
|Mar 30 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Speech First filed.|
|Mar 30 2021||Brief amicus curiae of The State of Texas filed.|
|Mar 30 2021||Brief amici curiae of Pacific Legal Foundation, Reason Foundation, Center for Equal Opportunity, Individual Rights Foundation, Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Greater New York, Coalition for TJ, and Yi Fang Chen filed.|
|Mar 31 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty filed.|
|Mar 31 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute filed.|
|Mar 31 2021||Brief amici curiae of The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and the Silicon Valley Chinese Association Foundation filed.|
|Mar 31 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence filed.|
|Mar 31 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III filed.|
|Mar 31 2021||Brief amici curiae of State of Oklahoma filed.|
|Mar 31 2021||Brief amici curiae of Judicial Watch, Inc. and Allied Educational Foundation filed.|
|Mar 31 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Richard Sander in support of neither filed.|
|Mar 31 2021||Brief amici curiae of The Asian American Coalition For Education and The Asian American Legal Foundation filed.|
|Mar 31 2021||Brief amicus curiae of The Californians for Equal Rights Foundation filed.|
|Mar 31 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Former Federal Officials of the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights filed.|
|Mar 31 2021||Brief amicus curiae of The Liberty Justice Center filed.|
In yet another Friday night shadow docket order, a divided Supreme Court sides with challengers to California’s COVID-related restrictions. Brief per curiam opinion and dissent from Justice Kagan: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/20a151_4g15.pdf
By vote of 5-4, #SCOTUS blocks California's COVID-related restrictions on in-home prayer meetings and worship. Opinion & Kagan's dissent are here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/20a151_4g15.pdf
President Biden will sign an executive order authorizing a commission to study Supreme Court reform. The commission will review “the length of service and turnover of justices on the court; the membership and size of the court” among other topics.
President Biden to Sign Executive Order Creating the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States | The White House
President Biden will today issue an executive order forming the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, comprised of a
The Supreme Court will hear April and May oral arguments remotely but with a live audio feed.
#SCOTUS confirms that "[i]n keeping with public health guidance in response to COVID-19," it will hear oral arguments in April and on May 4 remotely, as it has for the other argument sessions this term. Press release here: https://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Media-Advisory-Teleconference-Arguments.pdf
In a Monday evening shadow-docket filing, Tennessee asks the Supreme Court to reinstate a state law that imposes a 48-hour waiting period for patients to abortions. A federal judge struck down the waiting period as unconstitutional. @AHoweBlogger explains:
Tennessee asks court to restore waiting period for abortions - SCOTUSblog
Tennessee filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court on Monday, asking the justices for permission to enforce...
BREAKING: In major copyright battle between tech giants, SCOTUS sides w/ Google over Oracle, finding that Google didnt commit copyright infringement when it reused lines of code in its Android operating system. The code came from Oracle's JAVA SE platform. https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/18-956_d18f.pdf
NEW: The Supreme Court agrees to take up one new case, Brown v. Davenport. It's a technical but important question about the standard for federal courts reviewing habeas claims to assess whether constitutional violations were "harmless error." https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/040521zor_3204.pdf
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