Category Archives: United States Supreme Court

What does the denial of the same-sex marriage petitions mean for New Mexico?

Yesterday the legal world was surprised by the Supreme Court’s denial of all seven petitions for certiorari challenging lower court decisions allowing same-sex marriage. SCOTUSblog has this roundup of news coverage and commentary on the denials. So what does this mean … Continue reading

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Tenth Circuit Scorecard, October Term 2013

The Supreme Court’s October 2013 Term concluded yesterday, so now it’s time to take a look at how our beloved Tenth Circuit fared. The answer is “pretty well.” The Supreme Court reviewed four cases from the Tenth Circuit, affirming two … Continue reading

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Elane Photography relisted for second time

The Supreme Court of the United States has relisted Elane Photography for the second time. According to the docket, the nine justices will again consider the case at their conference on this Friday, April 4, and may (or may not) … Continue reading

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Elane Photography files reply brief in support of its cert. petition

The briefing is now complete on Elane Photography’s petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States, which seeks review of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision in Elane Photography, LLC v. Willock: 1.  Respondent Vanessa Willock’s Brief in … Continue reading

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Understanding the form that supposedly exempts the Little Sisters of the Poor from the HHS contraceptive mandate

As you may be aware, the Tenth Circuit recently denied the application to stay application of the Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor, but Justice Sotomayor granted the Little Sisters’ application. Since then, however, … Continue reading

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Read the amicus briefs filed in support of Elane Photography’s cert. petition

In November, we filed this petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States, asking the Court to review the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision in Elane Photography, LLC v. Willock. Last week, several state attorneys general, as … Continue reading

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Celebrate the First Monday in October by listening to these SCOTUS previews

For the appellate lawyer, the First Monday in October is a day that makes the heart sing, a day when the world seems fresh again. The opening of the Supreme Court’s new term is like Christmas and the Fourth of … Continue reading

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Obama Administration asks SCOTUS to overrule Tenth Circuit’s decision in Hobby Lobby

The Solicitor General has filed this petition for writ of certiorari, asking the Supreme Court to overturn the Tenth Circuit’s en banc decision in Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, which held that for-profit corporations may challenge the Obamacare contraceptive mandate under the … Continue reading

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Good news for Governor Martinez, as SCOTUS upholds Katie’s Law

Governor Susana Martinez is an advocate of Katie’s Law, which was named after slain NMSU student Katie Sepich, and which allows police to take DNA samples from those arrested for crimes, but who have not yet been convicted. She therefore filed … Continue reading

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NM Attorney General Gary King signs amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has joined the attorneys general of the District of Columbia and 12 other states today in filing this amicus brief urging the Supreme Court of the United States to affirm the Ninth Circuit’s judgment striking … Continue reading

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