The Real Problem with Seila

8/24/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that tenure protection for the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional. The decision’s reasoning may be more important—and worrisome—than the holding itself.

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Roberts’ Rules: How the Chief Justice Could Rein in Police Abuse of Power 

8/19/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

A theme of Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinions this past term is that courts should not employ open-ended balancing tests to protect fundamental constitutional rights. Yet there is one area of the Supreme Court’s constitutional jurisprudence that is rife with such amorphous balancing tests: policing. It is long past time for the Court to revisit this area of law.

The Federal Judiciary Needs More Former Public Defenders

8/3/20  //  Commentary

By Orion de Nevers: The composition of President Trump’s record-setting number of judicial appointments has been widely criticized for its overwhelmingly white-male skew. But another, quieter, source of troubling homogeneity has also emerged: President Trump is loading the bench with former prosecutors.

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Versus Trump: Are Tax Returns Coming Soon?

7/18/20  //  Commentary

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss the Supreme Court's pair of decisions governing Trump's tax returns. Are they coming soon? Did the Democrats make a mistake in not being more aggressive in invoking the impeachment power? Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Regrettably, President Trump Does Have the Power to Commute Roger Stone's Sentence

7/17/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Brian Kalt: In a recent piece in the Atlantic, Corey Brettschneider and Jeffrey Tulis contend that the Stone commutation is invalid. Regrettably, their legal argument is weak

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Republican Hoopla About Trump Judicial Confirmations Ignores the Important Facts

6/30/20  //  Commentary

I've found 79 cases where Trump-nominated appeals court judges have written or joined opinions that are so extreme that even other Republican-appointed judges have disagreed with them

Elliot Mincberg

People For the American Way

The DACA Decision is Trouble for Discrimination Law

6/24/20  //  Commentary

The Dreamers’ victory has been celebrated as a sign that the Court is above partisanship and willing to serve as a check on executive branch abuses. But the price of that victory was a defeat for the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection.

Jessica Clarke

Vanderbilt Law School

Versus Trump: The Military in the U.S. and Proxy Voting in the House

6/7/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie take on two topics. First, what can the president legally do to use the military on American soil? Second, is it legal for the House of Representatives to vote by proxy, without being physically present in D.C., as alleged in a new lawsuit by House Republicans? Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Executive Branch Inconsistency on Congressional Standing

4/27/20  //  Commentary

By Ashwin Phatak: Although DOJ has recently taken the position in litigation that the House of Representatives lacks standing to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoena against an Executive Branch official, that position conflicts with prior DOJ precedents

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How the Trump Administration is Evading Senate Advice and Consent

4/10/20  //  Commentary

It's been one year since DHS had a director confirmed by the Senate. In the meantime, Trump has continued to avoid the constitutional requirement of advice and consent—and violated federal law about using acting directors.

Brianne J. Gorod

Constitutional Accountability Center

With Passage of COVID-19 Relief Package, Vigorous Congressional Oversight Will Be Key

4/7/20  //  Commentary

By Brianne Gorod and Becca Damante: Congress’s $2 trillion relief legislation is the largest aid package in modern American history. That’s a lot of discretion to give to an Administration in which self-dealing and corruption are disturbingly common. There is thus an urgent need for vigorous congressional oversight.

Brianne J. Gorod

Constitutional Accountability Center

The Truman Committee and the Importance of Emergency Oversight

4/6/20  //  Commentary

By Charlie Miller & Brianne Gorod: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced a Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The Truman Commission offers a model for oversight of the COVID-19 response.

Brianne J. Gorod

Constitutional Accountability Center

Why HHS Can't Keep Cutting Corners As It Attempts To Undo Non-Discrimination Protections

3/30/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

HHS has recently tried to essentially repeal an important rule that prevents the Department from discriminating across its many programs. But, as contributor Harper Jean Tobin explains, its rule making is both substantively and procedurally illegal.

Harper Jean Tobin

National Center for Transgender Equality

It’s Past Time for President Trump to Use the DPA

3/30/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

It’s way past time for the Administration to use the Defense Production Act now

Brianne J. Gorod

Constitutional Accountability Center

The Wide Array of Amicus Briefs in the Congressional Oversight Cases Underscore Their Importance

3/23/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Ashwin Phatak and Charlie Miller: This Term, the Supreme Court will hear a pair of consolidated cases concerning Congress’s oversight and investigative powers. A number of amicus briefs filed in the Court explain in different ways the broader issues at stake in these cases.

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