U.S. Supreme Court
Feb. 22, 2012—The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case this fall that could put new limits on the ability of colleges and universities to use race as a factor in admissions decisions. Legal and African American Studies experts from Vanderbilt are available to speak with media about these issues.
Jan. 24, 2012—The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a search warrant is needed to plant a physical tracking device on a vehicle. But only four members of the court – not a majority – were willing to go further and hold that continuously monitoring such a device for a month is also a search.
Jan. 20, 2012—Vanderbilt law professor James F. Blumstein has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that President Obama’s proposed expansion of Medicaid would put too much of an unforeseeable burden on the states.
Dec. 9, 2011—In a second legal step after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a national class action discrimination lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart on behalf of more than a million female employees, a series of statewide class action lawsuits are being launched. But Vanderbilt Law School professor Brian Fitzpatrick believes these new lawsuits will fail for the same reasons the nationwide suit did.
Oct. 12, 2011—The U.S. Supreme Court will make decisions on a number of hotly debated cases this term, and a diverse group of Vanderbilt University experts is available to give their opinions about those cases.
Oct. 5, 2011—The Supreme Court should strike down President Obama’s proposed expansion of Medicaid, says James F. Blumstein of Vanderbilt University Law School.
Nov. 17, 2010—Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer came to Vanderbilt Law School on Nov. 16 to help demystify the workings of the Supreme Court and talk about themes in his newly released book, Making Our Democracy Work, A Judge’s View. Breyer has been a Supreme Court associate justice since 1994. He was nominated by President Bill Clinton....
Nov. 4, 2010—[Media Note: Vanderbilt has a 24/7 TV and radio studio with a dedicated fiber optic line and ISDN line. Use of the TV studio with Vanderbilt experts is free, except for reserving fiber time.] United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will speak at Vanderbilt Law School on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at noon in Flynn...
Jun. 24, 2009—Watch video of law professor Brian Fitzpatrick talking about the benefit of Sonia Sotomayor having been a district court judge.
Jun. 24, 2009—Watch video of law professor Brian Fitzpatrick speaking about why Supreme Court justices should be considered lawmakers.
May. 21, 2009—Watch video of Vanderbilt professor of law and political science Tracey George explaining how Sonia Sotomayor's characteristics, such as race and gender, could impact the nomination process and why she's a “safe” candidate.