Friday, June 3, 2022
Each week, the Appellate Advocacy Blog Weekly Roundup 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 a quick note to either (1) Dan Real at DReal@Creighton.edu or on Twitter @Daniel_L_Real or (2) Catharine Du Bois at DuBoisLegalWriting@gmail.com or on Twitter @CLDLegalWriting.
Supreme Court News and Opinions:
This was a relatively quiet work at the Supreme Court, as the Court did not issue any opinions this week. Nonetheless, the Court faces a substantial task in completing its work as the end of the term approaches. As of now, the Court has more than 30 decisions still outstanding in argued cases. The Roberts Court has traditionally gotten all of its cases out by the end of June.
- More from Bloomberg
On Tuesday, the Court issued a brief order in which it blocked a controversial Texas law that sought to bar large social media platforms from removing posts based on the viewpoints expressed. Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Kavanaugh, Barrett, Breyer, and Sotomayor joined together to vote in favor of putting the law on hold, while Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kagan dissented.
- More from SCOTUSblog
Also on Tuesday, the Court issued a brief order in which it rejected a request from three Texas lawmakers to delay giving depositions in lawsuits challenging redistricting plans in the state. No dissents were noted.
- More from SCOTUSblog
State Appellate Court Opinions and News:
On Wednesday, the presiding justice of the California appeals court in Sacramento retired as part of punishment announced for his delays in resolving 200 cases over a decade. The Commission on Judicial Reform in the state said that the Justice "engaged in a pattern of delay in deciding a significant number of appellate cases over a lengthy period."
- More from the Sacramento Bee
The Washington State Attorney General's Office is hiring an Assistant Attorney General for its Torts Appellate Program. The division defends state agencies, officials, and employees when sued in tort and in some civil rights matters.
- Details HERE