On February 1, 1865—the same day President Lincoln signed sent the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery to the states—John S. Rock was sworn in as the first African American lawyer admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Constitution in the news this week: cell phone tracking, teens on Twitter, the Supreme Court's ruling on strip searches, President Obama's civics lesson, and same-sex couples on immigration.
The Supreme Court’s decision this week in U.S. v. Jones is the most important privacy development of the Roberts era.
More than ever, citizens, pundits, and politicians are turning to the Constitution for answers--and sometimes ammunition, as they try to prove the Constitution is on their side.
It has long appeared to be a basic legal principle that, while public school officials are the masters of their own domain, they generally do not have authority elsewhere -- unless they can show that off-campus activity directly implicates the operation of the schools.
While lower courts for years have often recognized a “ministerial exception” to federal, state and local laws against discrimination in the workplace, the Supreme Court itself had never done so. Although bold in some ways, the decision was, in fact, quite cautious.
Is it time to finally declare Dixie “changed”? That is at the heart of the Texas redistricting decision now before the Supreme Court.
In 1921, when Benjamin Cardozo was a justice on New York's highest state court (about a decade before he would become a Supreme Court Justice), he cautioned in a famous lecture series that logic could become too strong a driving force as judges decided cases.
In Philadelphia 225 years ago, the U.S. Constitution was drafted. Now Pennsylvania is the site of the creation of a second Constitution as courts across the state determine what rules should govern social networks.