Duke Law reviews the 2015-2016 Supreme Court term
The Supreme Court’s 2015-2016 term included significant rulings on immigration policy, women’s reproductive rights, and race-conscious university admissions, among others. Court-watchers, legal scholars, and members of the public will also remember the term for the death, on Feb. 13, of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia; his passing, marked by many tributes, launched a political battle over the appointment of a successor and affected the outcome of some pending cases.
Duke Law faculty members, alumni, and jurists enrolled in the Master of Judicial Studies LLM program contributed to the discussion of Justice Scalia’s legacy and the appointment process in a variety of ways; they penned tributes and essays relating to his “originalist” theory of constitutional interpretation and other aspects of his jurisprudence and offered analyses of constitutional conventions that can affect judicial nominations. They also shared memories of meeting the justice at Duke Law, where he spoke to audiences of students, lawyers, and judges, taught in the Judicial Studies program and in the Duke-Geneva Institute on Transnational Law, and judged the final round of the Dean’s Cup moot court competition.
Duke Law scholars remained engaged with the cases before the Court throughout the term through scholarship, friend-of-court briefs, and commentary. Among the term’s notable rulings were those that affirmed an injunction against an executive order shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, upheld the race-conscious admissions policies of the University of Texas at Austin, and found state laws drastically restricting access to abortion to be unconstitutional.
A summary of community contributions to and commentary on the recently concluded term follows.
Amicus briefs filed by Duke Law scholars
Commentary on the 2015-2016 decisions
American Constitution Society: Charles, Dellinger review 2015-2016 Supreme Court term
Bloomberg BNA: Young comments on Supreme Court verdict in Bank of Iran case
New York Times: Dellinger, Young comment on Supreme Court immigration case
Huffington Post: Michaels: The silence of Justice Thomas is overrated
Bloomberg Politics: Buell comments on Supreme Court's decision to review insider trading case
Commenting on Justice Scalia’s legacy, succession
The New Yorker: Purdy looks at Scalia's "contradictory originalism"
New York Times: Powell article cited in discussion of Scalia's jurisprudence
Media Matters: Levy: Don't read into Supreme Court nominee's gun case votes
Here and Now: Carrington discusses Supreme Court term limits
American Constitution Society: Siegel, Blocher join constitutional law professors urging President Obama and U.S. Senate to fill Supreme Court vacancy
Christian Science Monitor: Carrington discusses the fight over Scalia's successor and Supreme Court term limits
Remembering Justice Scalia
Independent Journal Review: Master of Judicial Studies candidate Willett JD/MA '92 describes Scalia's influence on his jurisprudence
Jacksonville Daily Record: Master of Judicial Studies candidate Judge Virginia Norton describes meeting Scalia at Duke Law