A Conversation with Justice Sotomayor

A Conversation with Justice Sotomayor

Naveen Krishnan contributed to this article.   Several weeks ago, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor came to Vanderbilt to meet with students and faculty. Before her formal presentation at the Vanderbilt Law school, Justice Sotomayor met with various undergraduate students including correspondents from VPR, sharing her experiences and lessons she...

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Supreme Court May Soon Decide to Restrict Partisan Gerrymandering

Supreme Court May Soon Decide to Restrict Partisan Gerrymandering

As our political landscape currently stands, gerrymandering continues to be a major roadblock to fair representation in our democracy. This process of partisan redistricting is apparent in many states, and involves shaping district boundaries (often leading to highly questionable congressional maps) in a way so as to limit the influence...

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The People’s Court

The People’s Court

On October 10, 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a mandatory appeal (Baker v. Nelson) challenging the constitutionality of a state law that limited marriage to opposite-sex couples. It unanimously issued a single-sentence decision: “This appeal is dismissed for want of a substantial federal question.” On June 26, 2015,...

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Supreme Court May Finally Rule on Gay Marriage Bans

Supreme Court May Finally Rule on Gay Marriage Bans

Those passionate about the fight over gay marriage rights have been frustrated in recent months by the Supreme Court’s reluctance to rule definitively on the issue. Whether for or against giving LGBTQI couples the right to marry, advocates have been waiting for a definitive rule of law that will settle...

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A Layman’s Guide to the Supreme Court’s Options

The arguments have been made, and the cases have been heard. The potentially landmark gay rights cases, Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, are in the hands of the Court now. While much of the country anxiously awaits the rulings likely to come in late June, many people...

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Same-Sex Success?

Same-sex marriage rights have a pivotal couple of months ahead. From multiple states passing favorable amendments to President Obama’s statement of support, same-sex advocates have had much to cheer for recently. However, the real battle is coming soon. On March 26th and 27th, the Supreme Court will hear cases over...

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