Elizabeth Slattery writes about the rule of law, the proper role of the courts, civil rights and equal protection, and the scope of constitutional provisions such as the Commerce Clause and the Recess Appointments Clause as a legal fellow in the Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.

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September 18, 2018, 11:10 AM EDT
With conservative victories in numerous cases (NIFLA, the so-called “travel ban,” Masterpiece Cakeshop, Janus, and more), the previous term is summed up best by then-candidate Donald Trump: “We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning.”
June 18, 2018, 8:37 AM EDT
With just two weeks to go until the end of its term, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky that Minnesota’s ban on so-called “political” apparel at the polls on Election Day violates the First Amendment.
April 20, 2018, 9:40 AM EDT
Should online retailers have to collect sales taxes for states? That’s the central question in South Dakota v. Wayfair, a case dealing with the state’s attempt to force out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes when its residents make a purchase online.
March 21, 2018, 12:33 PM EDT
How far can a state go to promote its views on abortion?
March 19, 2018, 4:16 PM EDT
The Supreme Court is back in session this week. The justices will hear oral arguments in cases dealing with free speech, political gerrymandering, and the rights of criminal defendants.
March 2, 2018, 11:03 AM EST
When was the last time a T-shirt or button influenced the way you voted?
February 27, 2018, 11:15 AM EST
On Monday morning, the Supreme Court heard arguments in one of the most anticipated cases of the year, Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31.
February 20, 2018, 10:13 AM EST
The Supreme Court is scheduled to return to Washington next week after nearly a month off. The justices will hear a number of important oral arguments, including cases involving free speech, public employee unions, and digital privacy.
January 3, 2018, 9:19 AM EST
Many Americans would be surprised to learn that a series of Supreme Court decisions allow officials in administrative agencies—rather than judges—to have the final say in interpreting statutes and rules.
November 29, 2017, 9:46 AM EST
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on Dec. 5, in what will be one of the most closely watched cases of the term.
November 27, 2017, 3:10 PM EST
The Supreme Court’s final sitting of 2017 begins this week, and the justices will hear oral arguments in a number of high-profile cases involving the Fourth Amendment, free speech and religious liberty, federalism, and property rights.
November 3, 2017, 4:24 PM EDT
The Senate confirmed five new federal judges this week, bringing President Donald Trump’s total to date to 13 jurists.
November 2, 2017, 9:41 AM EDT
The newest Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, has made headlines since joining the court last spring—and not just for his written opinions. Pedantic. Boorish and juvenile. Annoying. In his colleagues’ faces. These are some of the harsh things liberal Court watchers have had to say about Gorsuch.
September 29, 2017, 11:25 AM EDT
Monday, Oct. 2 marks the start of a new Supreme Court term.
September 12, 2017, 9:01 AM EDT
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in a speech Thursday that she will roll back an Obama-era “guidance” document that drove colleges to implement Star Chamber-like tribunals to mishandle sexual assault cases.
August 21, 2017, 8:44 AM EDT
Last week, a federal appeals court upheld Arkansas’ decision to cancel its Medicaid provider agreement with Planned Parenthood, which allowed Medicaid recipients to receive non-abortion services at Planned Parenthood clinics.
July 26, 2017, 11:16 AM EDT
On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the District of Columbia’s law requiring applicants for a concealed carry permit to demonstrate a special need for self-protection “distinguishable from the general community.”
July 3, 2017, 8:20 AM EDT
Justice Neil Gorsuch closed out his first two months on the Supreme Court last week, leaving conservatives cautiously optimistic about the future direction of the court.
June 20, 2017, 9:02 AM EDT
Should “offensive” brand names be allowed to get a federal patent?
March 22, 2017, 12:07 PM EDT
Here are some of the key exchanges between Gorsuch and the Senators.