Monthly Archives: June 2016

Supreme Court Term More Liberal than Expected, ACLU Says

NEW YORK — The Supreme Court term that ended yesterday was more liberal than many had predicted and stranger than anyone could have anticipated,” said Steven R. Shapiro, the American Civil Liberties Union’s national legal director. The unexpected death of Justice…

Thousands of Kids Now Covered in Lawsuit over Lack of Legal Representation in Immigration Proceedings

SEATTLE — A federal court has granted class-action status to a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s failure to provide children in immigration court with lawyers in their deportation hearings. Several thousand children are estimated to be members of the class….

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

In the most important case on abortion in twenty years, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 to that the state of Texas cannot impose onerous burdens on the state’s abortion clinics. Whole Woman’s Health challenged two provisions of a Texas law, HB2,…

United States v. Texas: 4-4 Tie = Bad News for Immigrants

In a very brief announcement, the U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning that it was “equally divided” and thus could not reach a decision on U.S. v. Texas, the case in which the Fifth Circuit blocked President Obama’s executive order…

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin: Good News!

In a 4-3 decision announced this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Fifth Circuit  decision holding that it is constitutional for the University of Texas’s admissions program to consider race as one factor–among many–in attempting to create a diverse…