In a win for affirmative action advocates, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a program at the University of Texas that considers race as a limited factor in admissions decisions. Dan Urman, assistant teaching professor and director of the Doctorate in Law and Policy program, examines the court’s decision and what it means for affirmative action.
President Obama on Wednesday nominated appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Here, Northeastern faculty members Dan Urman and Wendy Parmet answer some important questions.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death touched off a political debate that could define President Obama’s final year in office and bring drama to an already contentious presidential primary. Professor Michael Meltsner, a constitutional law expert, called Scalia’s death “a great blow to Republicans” and “a gift to Hillary Clinton.”
Could capital punishment one day be banned in the U.S.? We posed that question to Northeastern law professor Michael Meltsner, who assessed the Supreme Court’s capital punishment ruling Monday.
Northeastern alumna Mary Bonauto, L’87, argued in front of the nation’s highest court that the Constitution affords same-sex couples the right to marry.
Mary Bonauto, L’87, has been selected by the attorneys for gay and lesbian plaintiffs to argue for overturning same-sex marriage bans, based on the rights afforded by the 14th amendment.
The Obama administration’s agenda, the next presidential campaign, and political behavior on social media are among the topics that assistant professor of political science Nick Beauchamp will be closely following this year.
Law professor Wendy Parmet analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that some for-profit companies with religious objections can avoid paying for employees’ contraceptive care, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act.