With the Supreme Court back in the news this week -- and certainly a hot topic in coming weeks as well -- here's a brief recap of what we've been reporting lately in our subscription-only newsletter Supreme Court Insider:
-- In addition to reporting on the Court's grant of review in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas, we obtained and published the document from the U.S. solicitor general's office that explains why Justice Elena Kagan is recused in the case.
-- Stories on decisions in the Montana riverbed case, and on Miranda rights, among others, and arguments over issues ranging from the meaning of the word "interpreter" in calculating what litigation costs losers must pay winners, to the power of Congress to criminalize lies about being awarded military honors.
-- A look-ahead analysis at Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and whether it will be the next Citizens United case in terms of defining corporate rights and responsibilities.
-- Updates and analyses on the continuing debate over whether Justices Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan should recuse in the upcoming healthcare cases.
-- Filings that we call "brief of the week," including one petition that the Court agreed this Monday to review, asking whether a houseboat is more like a house or a boat for maritime law purposes.
-- "Appellate lawyer of the week" profiles on lawyers arguing recent and upcoming cases including Harvey Schwartz, Cliff Sloan, Charles Rothfeld, Jose Garza and Dan Domenico. And a story on Steve Filarsky, the named party in a case testing qualified immunity for private lawyers hired by municipalities.
There will be much more in upcoming issues, including comprehensive coverage of the lawyers, briefs and issues in play in the cases testing the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. For more information on subscribing to the newsletter, click here.