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Supreme Court 2019–2020: Insanity, Discrimination, and DACA—And a Pandemic

Written by on January 6, 2021

Overview When the Supreme Court Term was gaveled to order the first Monday in October 2019, many commentators predicted a significant, even a “blockbuster,” Term. It promised important cases and surprises, but not even the most prescient could have predicted just how extraordinary this Term would be. It did have a number of important (“blockbuster”) […]

The Supreme Court 2017–2018: Justice Kennedy, Wedding Cakes, and Immigration

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

On June 27, 2018, Justice Anthony Kennedy transmitted to President Trump a letter in which he resigned (as of July 31, 2018) [1] from his more than thirty years of service on the Supreme Court of the United States. [2] Justice Kennedy’s resignation was an exclamation point to a Term of considerable consequence. After two […]

Co-Parenting Counseling With High-Conflict Divorced Parents: Challenges for Psychologists at All Levels of Experience

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

Fran and Aiden are currently in the process of obtaining a divorce ending their 6-year marriage, which has been difficult and heated. The conflict in the marriage, and in the divorce, has centered around parenting of their now 3-year-old son, Addison. Fran complains that Aiden is controlling, makes unilateral parenting decisions, and is rigid and […]

Psychologists in the Legal System: Merging and Avoiding Collisions at the Intersection of Psychology and Law

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

Introduction The American Board of Forensic Psychology broadly defines forensic psychology as “the application of the science and profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system.” Other definitions exist which are more narrowly focused solely on clinical services provided within a legal context. This has led to some degree […]

Supreme Court 2016–2017: A New Justice and a Term of Surprising Importance

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

When the Supreme Court of the United States convened for the start of its Term on October 3, 2016, there were only eight justices on the bench. Justice Antonin Scalia had died on February 13, 2016. President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace him, but the Senate had not voted on the nomination, and […]

The ACA Survives and Same-Sex Marriage Thrives: The 2014-2015 Supreme Court

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

At 10:00 AM on October, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States began its new Term (technically the “October 2014 Term”), at the call of “Oyez,” by the Marshall of the Court. The Term promised to bring especially important cases involving the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and same-sex marriage. Those cases garnered the greatest […]

A Term of Sadness and Surprise: The Supreme Court 2015-2016

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

When the Supreme Court of the United States was called into session on October 5, 2015, nobody could have anticipated the surprising Term that was beginning. It began in an ordinary way, with the expectation that over the next nine months the Court might change the law in several important areas. By February 13, 2016, […]

The Supreme Court 2012-2013: Dogs, DNA and DOMA

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

The jokesters claim that during the most recent Term, “the Supreme Court went to the dogs.”1   This refers primarily to two cases involving searches involving dogs.  But perhaps the most important part of the Term was the “dogs that didn’t bark”:  cases that might have been of great importance, but that were decided on narrow […]

The Supreme Court 2013-2014: The Happiest Term?

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

Capital Punishment, Abortion, Expert Witnesses and Cell Phones “Has the Supreme Court become the Friendliest Place in Town?” Someone looking at the data might well ask. Two-thirds of the cases this Term were unanimous. Opposing counsel were calling each other “Friend”—the word appears more than 130 times in the transcripts of oral arguments this Term.[1] And […]

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