Jeffrey Stein  //  12/4/17  //  Topic Update

This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop, a case invoking the conflict between religious beliefs and non-discrimination ordinances (SCOTUSBlog).

  • The Masterpiece Cakeshop case is not about religious freedom, writes Jennifer Finney Boylan at NYT.
  • There is no constitutional right to refuse service to a person based on sexual orientation, writes Erwin Chemerinsky at The Sacramento Bee.
  • A ruling in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop would destroy discrimination law, writeDavid Glasgow and Kenji Yoshino.
  • Eric Segall examines how a ‘committed originalist’ should decide the case.
  • Sarah Posner explores the Alliance Defending Freedom, who is representing Masterpiece Cakeshop.

The Trump Administration has indicated that it may go to higher courts to postpone the enlistment of transgender individuals in the U.S. military (Lyle Denniston).

Updates | The Week of February 19, 2018

2/25/18  //  Daily Update

Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a new charge against Paul Manafort while Richard Gates pled guilty. Meanwhile, President Trump's proposal to arm teachers drew controversy in Washington.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School

Updates | The Week of February 5, 2018

2/11/18  //  Daily Update

The Nunes memo set off aftershocks; agencies scrambled to implement the Trump Administration's policies to mixed effect; and Congress passes a budget after a brief overnight shutdown.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/21/18  //  Daily Update

The week began with Martin Luther King Jr. Day and ended with a government shutdown on the anniversary of President Trump's inauguration.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School