Tag Archives: En Banc

7th Cir. Explains What Same-Sex Marriage and Voter ID Have in Common

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What do cases involving challenges to same-sex-marriage and voter ID laws have in common? The answer, according to a per curiam opinion issued today by a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Frank v. Walker, Nos. 14-2058 & 14-2059 (7th Cir. Sept. 30, 2014), is that both involve “laws enacted … Continue reading this entry

$30, Four Opinions, and No Decision: The Province and Duty to Say What the Law Probably Is

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Federal appellate courts ordinarily grant en banc hearings or rehearings only when “(1) en banc consideration is necessary to secure or maintain uniformity of the court’s decisions; or (2) the proceeding involves a question of exceptional importance.” Fed. R. App. P. 35(a).  So, what happens when an en banc hearing produces no uniformity, or fails … Continue reading this entry

Elmbrook School District v. Doe: The Court Takes No Action on the Cert Petition

To update our earlier post on this case:  The Court took no action on Elmbrook School District’s cert petition in its April 15, 2013 order.  The case has been relisted for the April 19, 2013 conference.  You can access the Court’s docket for the case here.  If the Court  decides the petition this time, it … Continue reading this entry

Elmbrook School District v. Doe: Will the U.S. Supreme Court Rule on the Constitutionality of Holding Public High School Graduations in Elmbrook Church?

During its conference this Friday, April 12, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to consider Elmbrook School District’s petition for a writ of certiorari seeking reversal of a decision issued last summer by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Doe v. Elmbrook School District, 687 F.3d 840 (7th Cir. 2012).… Continue reading this entry