Thursday round-up

At CNN, Kaitlan Collins and others report that “US Solicitor General Noel Francisco is expected to resign from his role as the government’s top lawyer before the Supreme Court in the coming days.” For The New York Times, Katie Benner reports that “Mr. Francisco’s top deputy, Jeff Wall, will most likely step in as acting solicitor general as the White House searches for a replacement.”


  • Amy Howe reports at Howe on the Court that “this year the justices’ June 25 conference is likely to yield at least three new merits cases for the term beginning next October, in cases in which the federal government has recommended that the court grant review[; p]erhaps coincidentally, issues relating to international law and foreign relations run through all three of the cases.”
  • In a video at CPR Speaks, Russ Bleemer and others discuss the court’s “recently declining to hear a California Supreme Court case on arbitration and unconscionability,” OTO LLC v. Kho.
  • In an op-ed at The Daily Journal, Glenn Roper finds it troubling that, in Financial Oversight Board for Puerto Rico v. Aurelius Investment, LLC, in which the court upheld the structure of Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board, “no justice took issue with the 1st Circuit’s application of the de facto officer doctrine.”
  • At the Duke Center for Firearms Law’s Second Thoughts blog, Jake Charles looks at Justice Samuel Alito’s dissent “from the Supreme Court’s per curiam decision dismissing New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New Yorkas moot,” as well as Alito’s opinions in “other cases throughout the years,” for “clues about the types of cases in which he’s likely to vote to grant cert or vote for an expansive interpretation of the right to keep and bear arms.”

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