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  • Interfaith coalition urges Senate action on Supreme Court vacancy

    July 14, 2016 | 3:00 pm

    Fifteen Jewish groups joined an interfaith coalition in calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

    During a conference call Thursday, 40 national and state religious organizations urged senators to hold a...

  • Ginsburg apologizes for her attacks on Donald Trump

    July 14, 2016 | 8:24 am

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has apologized for her public attacks on Donald Trump.

    “On reflection, my recent remarks and response to press inquiries were ill advised and I regret making them,” she said in a comment delivered by the court on Thursday. “Judges should...

  • Jewish groups applaud Supreme Court abortion ruling tossing restrictive Texas law

    June 27, 2016 | 2:29 pm

    Several national Jewish organizations applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Monday striking down a Texas law that restricted access to abortion.

    In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court said the HB2 law, which mandates that doctors performing abortions have admitting...

  • Obama takes Supreme Court fight to Republican senators’ home turf

    May 2, 2016 | 3:57 pm

    President Barack Obama on Monday took the political battle over his pick for a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court to the home states of seven Republican senators up for re-election in November.

    Obama conducted interviews with local television anchors where he argued that...

  • Appellate judge Kelly considered for Supreme Court

    March 2, 2016 | 2:42 pm

    The White House is vetting federal appellate Judge Jane Kelly for a possible U.S. Supreme Court nomination to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing a person with knowledge of the process.

    The FBI has been conducting background...

  • Jewish leaders remember the unforgettable Justice Antonin Scalia

    February 16, 2016 | 3:02 pm

    Justice Antonin Scalia was a larger-than-life presence on the Supreme Court, where he championed a conservative judicial approach for three decades. He was found dead on Saturday at a resort in West Texas at the age of 79.

    Scalia’s outsize personality left an impression off the...

  • The Supreme Court’s Jewish gentile: My memories of Justice Scalia

    February 16, 2016 | 10:40 am

    “When there was no Jewish justice on the Supreme Court,” Antonin “Nino” Scalia told me, “I considered myself the Jewish justice.”

    After Abe Fortas resigned in May 1969, there would be no Jewish justice on the court for nearly a quarter of a century, until President Bill Clinton...

  • How Justice Scalia’s death impacts 6 cases that matter to Jews

    February 16, 2016 | 9:55 am

    With the sudden passing this weekend of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court is now split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives, throwing into doubt how the court will rule on a raft of cases — including several watched by Jewish organizations.

    Scalia, who was 79, is being...

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Louis Brandeis inspired my work for women’s rights

    January 29, 2016 | 11:23 am

    One hundred years to the day of the nomination of Louis D. Brandeis to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg paid tribute to the first Jewish justice at a program at the university that bears his name.

    At Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, on Thursday,...

  • ‘Freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think’

    January 27, 2016 | 2:14 pm

    The most eloquent defense of freedom of speech that I have ever read was authored by Justice Louis Brandeis. In Whitney v. California in 1927, Justice Brandeis wrote:

    Those who won our independence believed that the final end of the state was to make men free to develop their...

  • Milestones issued from the jurist’s pen

    January 27, 2016 | 2:06 pm

    Dubbed the “People’s Lawyer,” Louis Brandeis took on cases free of fees so that he could address issues beyond the case itself that he thought to be in the public’s interest. It has been said that Brandeis virtually invented the public-interest law firm.

    Perhaps this is what led...

  • Brandeis: The first Jewish jurist named to the Supreme Court

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    January 27, 2016 | 1:41 pm

    Exactly 100 years have passed since the first Jewish jurist was named to the Supreme Court.  Until the nomination of Louis Brandeis to the high court by President Woodrow Wilson on Jan. 28, 1916, all nine seats had always been occupied by white, Anglo-Saxon males, almost all of...

  • Could we live without the Supreme Court?

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    November 12, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    Anyone who has the opportunity to chat with Erwin Chemerinsky, as I recently did, will find him a gracious, affable and reasonable person — a real mensch. But if you read his latest book, “The Case Against the Supreme Court” (Viking), you will discover that he is capable of taking...

  • U.S. Supreme Court divided on Jerusalem passport case

    November 3, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared closely divided as it weighed the constitutionality of a law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.

    The case concerns the longstanding U.S. policy that the...

  • White supremacist executed for 1977 synagogue killing

    November 20, 2013 | 11:56 am

    A white supremacist was executed in Missouri for killing a man at a St. Louis-area synagogue in 1977.

    Joseph Paul Franklin, 63, was executed early Wednesday morning for the sniper shooting of Gerald Gordon, who was killed outside of the Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel synagogue in...

  • U.S. Supreme Court will hear appeal on Jerusalem passport

    May 2, 2011 | 10:35 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court said it will hear the appeal of a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem whose parents want Israel listed as his country of birth on his passport.

    The court agreed Monday to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the...

  • Supreme Court upholds state tuition tax credit program

    April 6, 2011 | 3:34 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge to an Arizona tuition tax credit program that benefits parochial schools, with all three Jewish justices dissenting.

    The court on Monday threw out a lawsuit against the program, which provides tax credits to those who donate...

  • Jewish groups change tack on Supreme Court cases

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With hot-button domestic issues not expected to play a major role in the new U.S. Supreme Court session, Jewish groups are entering the fray over the right of judicial review for foreign detainees.

    Several Jewish organizations have filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief in...

  • Jews Note Role in Historic School Case

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Esther Swirk Brown wasn't the Brown for whom the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case desegregating schools is named -- but she is the Jewish woman who helped find Oliver Brown, no relation, to be the lead plaintiff in the historic case.

    As a young woman in Kansas, Esther Brown was...