Tag Archives: SCOTUS

The Fight Against Affirmative Action Continues: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, Round Two

BY CAITLIN GILES — Many are familiar with Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Fisher I), the lawsuit that challenged the University of Texas (“UT”) at Austin’s use of racial preferences in its admissions system. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court in 2013 before being remanded back to the Fifth Circuit. […]

Right to Religious Freedom in the Workplace: U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Abercrombie Violated Title VII by Refusing to Hire Muslim Woman with Headscarf

BY CAROLINE MCGEE — The Roberts Court has made headlines in recent years for its controversial decisions involving the right to religious freedom. The docket for the October 2014 term indicates that the Court remains intent on resolving disputes surrounding this fundamental First Amendment right. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, […]

Action Through Inaction: The Supreme Court’s Declination to Hear Recent Same-sex Marriage Appeals

BY CLAIRE HOWE — At the beginning of its October 2014 term, the Supreme Court released orders declining to review seven petitions based on state laws that banned same-sex marriage in five states. The states directly affected include Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Utah, and Virginia. In declining to hear the cases, the Supreme Court effectively affirmed […]

McCutcheon v. FEC: More Money in Politics, Less Integrity in Democracy?

BY STEVEN SWARTZ — The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling this month in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission that allows money to play a larger role in political campaigns. The plaintiff, Shaun McCutcheon, is a wealthy Alabama businessman and contributor to the Republican Party. He wanted to donate more than the decades-old aggregate limit […]