The Supreme Court’s docket for October Term 2015 is now set. Absent extraordinary circumstances, all cases taken between now and the end of June will not be heard until next fall. The docket for this term appeared to be unusually small until the court granted review in eight additional cases on Friday, Jan.15, and then took four more cases on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Once more this year, it is a docket filled with potential blockbuster decisions that promise to have an enormous effect on the law and on people’s lives.
In December and January, the court heard oral arguments in cases that could be hugely important in areas such as how election districts are drawn (Evenwel v. Abbott) when universities may engage in affirmative action (Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin) and whether it violates the First Amendment rights of non-union members to require that they pay the share of union dues that support collective bargaining (Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association).
The more recently granted cases on the upcoming argument calendars promise to be at least as important and as controversial.
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