Friday, March 24, 2017
As we do every Friday, the Appellate Advocacy Blog presents a few tidbits of news and Twitter posts from the past week concerning appellate advocacy. As always, if you see something during the week that you think we should be sure to include, feel free to send Dan a quick email atDReal@Creighton.edu or a message on Twitter (@Daniel_L_Real).
Judge Gorsuch Nomination and Hearing:
The biggest news item of this past week, as it relates to appellate practice, was surely the confirmation hearing held over several days for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. It appears that the vote on his confirmation will take place in early April, so it will likely continue to be a big news item over the next couple of weeks, as well.
Here are links to a variety of items of interest concerning Judge Gorsuch, his nomination, and the confirmation hearing:
University of Virginia Law School Creation: Neil Gorsuch Project -- including links to opinions, speeches, etc.
Trump's Travel Ban:
This week, Judge Alex Kozinski authored an opinion in which he defended President Trump's travel ban against assertions that the ban is contrary to the First Amendment. That opinion gained some publicity:
Supreme Court Rulings
The Supreme Court issued a couple of important rulings on meaningful cases this week.
Endrew F. v. Douglas Cty. Sch. Dist.
Regarding standards for what schools must do under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act to provide appropriate services for students. In the Supreme Court's unanimous decision, the Court ruled that schools must do more than provide a "merely more than de minimis" education program.
Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands
Regarding copyright law protections for "decorative features" on cheerleading uniforms.