Posted by Susan Shivers at 10/31/2013

    Justice Kagan on the Supreme Court

    Justice Elena Kagan spoke at the University of Alabama Law School about the workings of the Supreme Court. Eight members of the current Supreme Court have delivered the annual Albritton Lecture in Tuscaloosa. Justice Kagan spoke with Law School Dean and Judge William Brewbaker.


    FORTUNE MAGAZINE - Elena Kagan: Not all government is dysfunctional (23:45)

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  • Scalia v. Ginsburg

    Posted by Susan Shivers at 7/27/2013

    Scalia V. Ginsburg: Supreme Court Sparring, Put To Music (5:23)

    You MUST LISTEN to this wonderful report  Report from NPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED (5:23) by NINA TOTENBERG  July 10, 2013

    It includes musical excerpts. "Oh, Ruth, can you read? You're aware of the text. Yet so proudly you've failed to derive it's true meaning."

     Ginsburg Scalia

    Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia have been friends for decades, but they're known for their differences in constitutional interpretation.

    "On the day after the Supreme Court concluded its epic term in June, two of the supreme judicial antagonists, Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, met over a mutual love: opera. 

    When it comes to constitutional interpretation, the conservative Scalia and the liberal Ginsburg are leaders of the court's two opposing wings.To make matters yet more interesting, the two have been friends for decades,since long before Scalia was named to the court by President Reagan and Ginsburg by President Clinton.

    Ginsburg likes Scalia because he makes her laugh; Scalia likes Ginsburg because she laughs at his jokes; and the two love to spar over ideas. What unites them, though, is opera. 

    Enter Derrick Wang, a talented musician who has just graduated from the University of Maryland's Carey School of Law.

    Wang is composing an opera entitled Scalia/Ginsburg, based on the justices' own words and using musical themes and styles of other composers from Verdi to Puccini and Bizet."



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  • Lawmakers Consider Retooling Voting Rights Act

    Posted by Susan Shivers at 7/26/2013

    "Congress this week has convened its first hearings about the Voting Rights Act since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of that law last month. The meetings offer some insights into what, if anything, lawmakers will do to restore the stricken section that enables the Justice Department to review in advance changes to state voting laws."

    Listen to Alisa Chiang's report on NPR's MORNING EDITION 19 July 2013:
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    Posted by Susan Shivers at 7/4/2013

    Whose Term Was It? A Look Back At The Supreme Court

    NPR Report by Nina Totenberg (7:46)  
    Justices Roberts and Kenndy

    "It would not be an exaggeration to call the recently completed Supreme Court term a lollapalooza. Day-by-day on the last week of the court term, the justices handed down one legal thunderbolt after another: same-sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action. The end-of-term crush of opinions made so many headlines that other important decisions got little public notice.

    If this was the term of equality, the question is whose equality prevailed?"  -- NINA TOTENBERG
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    Posted by Susan Shivers at 6/27/2013 11:00:00 AM
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    Posted by Susan Shivers at 6/27/2013
    Voting Rights Act Under Fire  
    If you'd prefer, get your news from:
    PBS NewsHour
    High Court Strikes Down Key Provision of Voting Rights Act


    Can Congress Design a New Voting Rights Act Provision?



    What Is The Voting Rights Act?

    Submitted by Allison Bernstein on Sun, 06/23/2013 - 12:32

    One of the most hotly contested cases this Supreme Court Term is Shelby County v. Holder, also known as the Voting Rights Act case. But what is this case about?

    "The Voting Rights Act was established in 1965 to combat a century of racial discrimination at the polls in states with a history of discrimination. Section 5 requires that the 16 states covered by the Act receive federal approval of any changes to their election laws. While this was originally a five-year provision, it has been continually renewed by Congress. When it was renewed in 2006 for an additional 25 years, Shelby County of Alabama filed suit, claiming Sections 5 and 4(b), which provides then formula deciding which areas need coverage, were unconstitutional and in need of updating to reflect modern population and voter turnout statistics.

    In this blog post, we plan to address several of the views held by those close to the issue."   

    Voting Rights Act States  

    Then go to the NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER to find out more about
     ...what SCOTUS said:

    Upcoming elections at the heart of new Voting Rights Act battle

     By Scott Bomboy at http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2013/06/elections-at-the-heart-of-new-voting-rights-act-battle/

    Efforts to Restrict Voting  
    Brennan Center for Justice  
    Want to know more about efforts to restrict voting?  Go to the BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE and check out the  

         VOTING LAWS ROUNDUP 2013 http://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/election-2013-voting-laws-roundup                               ISSUES:  Restricting the Vote  http://www.brennancenter.org/issues/restricting-vote   


    "Since 1965, the Voting Rights Act has been one of the most prominent pieces of civil rights legislation. Its aim: to ensure that people in areas with a history of racial discrimination receive fair treatment when they vote. The Supreme Court revisited a key provision of the landmark law, called the preclearance clause, this year....We asked viewers to share memories surrounding the passage of the law and the civil rights era. "


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  • POP QUIZ: How well do you know the Supreme Court justices?

    Posted by Susan Shivers at 6/24/2013

    Pop quiz: How well do you know the Supreme Court justices?  

    I'm guessing not too well, but test your knowledge for yourself by taking the quiz linked at THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER: http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2013/06/pop-quiz-how-well-do-you-known-the-supreme-court-justices/ 
    Copy and email me your score to document your participation in the activity. Credit is for completion rather than accuracy.
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    Posted by Susan Shivers at 6/24/2013
         Visit http://www.oyez.org/ssm/ for information on views of PROPONENTS & OPPONENTS, BACKGROUND, TIMELINE, DOCUMENTS, and ISSUES SUMMARY/ANALYSIS.
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    Posted by Susan Shivers at 6/24/2013


    Published on Jan 10, 2012

    Republicans say President Obama's four agency recess appointments are unconstitutional. Anderson Cooper reports.  Watch to find out what  RECESS APPOINTMENTS and a PRO FORMA SESSIONS are. 


    Appelate Court Declares National Labor Relations Board Appointments Unconstitutional

    Published on Jan 25, 2013

    A federal appeals court ruled President Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board made during a congressional recess were unconstitutional. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Steven Greenhouse of The New York Times for more on how the ruling could weaken presidential power to make recess appointments going forward.



    WASHINGTON, DC -- Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) on Thursday spoke on the Senate Floor regarding the President's recent appointments of Richard Cordray as the director to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and three new members to the National Labor Relations Board. The President claimed that Congress was in recess while the Senate was in session, setting a troubling precedent.


     WP Politics  Supreme Court to weigh in on Obama’s recess appointments 

    By , Monday, June 24, 8:33 AM 

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    Posted by Susan Shivers at 6/24/2013

    Affirmative action: Timeline of 10 major cases and orders

    from The National Constitution Center:  http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2013/06/affirmative-action-timeline-of-10-major-cases-and-orders/

    ***PAY ATTENTION TO THE SCRUTINY ISSUE:  The Supreme Court ruled Monday that lower courts did not apply a sufficiently high level of scrutiny to the University of Texas’ use of race in admissions decisions and sent the case back to one of those lower courts.


    Supreme Court sends affirmative action case back to lower court

    The first of three widely followed Supreme Court cases this week is out, and court ruled in a 7-1 vote against a lower court’s decision about the University of Texas’ affirmative action policy.

    Town Hall: Chemerinsky and Clegg on Affirmative Action

    The case of Fisher v. University of Texas was one of the most prominent and controversial issues in front of the Supreme Court this term. Now that the decision is in, you can get a brief analysis of its impact from two leading experts.
    from The National Constitution Center:  http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2013/06/town-hall-chemerinsky-and-clegg-on-affirmative-action/

    Town Hall: McConnell and Rosen on Affirmative Action

    Michael McConnell from the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen debate the implications of Monday’s Supreme Court decision about the Fisher affirmative action case.

    Justices Seek 'Strict Scrutiny' In Affirmative Action Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court has surprised just about everyone with its decision on affirmative action in higher education. The surprise was an apparent compromise that leaves affirmative action programs in tact for now but subjects them to a more rigorous review by the courts.
    Listen to Nina Totenberg's NPR Report on the Court's ruling: Justices Seek 'Strict Scrutiny' In Affirmative Action Case 

    Supreme Court Hears Affirmative Action Challenges


    Published on Oct 10, 2012

    The U.S. Supreme Court took up a case on whether race should be considered in college applications. Gwen Ifill talks to National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle who explains the arguments. Ray Suarez talks to NAACP's Debo Adegbile and the Century Foundation's Richard Kahlenberg about potential implications for public institutions.

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