In the 2003 Supreme Court decision in Grutter v.
Last weekend, the 2011 Justice and Society Program Seminar participants held the first of what I suspect will be many reunions. A group that met as strangers in July 2011 at the Aspen campus has remained in touch through e-mail, impromptu meetings, and, for the New Yorkers (with occasional participation by a Boston resident), as a biography book club.
This week the US Supreme Court is hearing three days of oral arguments surrounding challenges to the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as "ObamaCare"). Discussions have focused particularly on the Commerce Clause and the individual mandate.
In December the Justice and Society Program (JSP) served as a consultant to the Saudi Judicial Engagement Project, administered by the Institute of International Education and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. JSP lent its unique expertise to the initiative, which provided twenty high-ranking Saudi Arabian judicial representatives, including judges and Ministry of Justice officials, with exposure to legal experts, various types of courts, and several models of judicial procedure in Washington, Philadelphia, and New York. (Photo credit: Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States)
During a program at the Aspen Institute's Ideas Festival, Justice Stephen Breyer and retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor both rejected the hoary notion that the "Supreme Court follows the election returns." In a panel discussion with Dean Larry Kramer of Stanford Law School, moderated by Jeff Rosen of the New Republic, the two former High Court colleagues—one appointed by a Republican and
In a letter to President Barack Obama, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and 27 other Republican governors are urging the expedited review of two health care lawsuits in Florida and Virginia. On the day the letter was sent, Gov.
US District Judge Roger Vinson ruled on January 31 that the individual mandate in the health care reform package is unconstitutional. With two judges previously declaring the mandate constitutional, further legal challenges are certain.