October 7, 2019

ACS Releases Statement on First Day of U.S. Supreme Court's High-Stakes Term

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Rodriguez, media@acslaw.org

Washington, D.C. -- Below is a statement from Zinelle October, interim president of the American Constitution Society, on the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term.  

“Today, on the first Monday in October, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court return to the bench for what promises to be a high-profile and consequential term.

ACS recognizes the critical importance of the Court to our democracy.

The Court’s docket this session includes a series of high-stakes cases that demand our attention. Among those are a trio of cases involving whether federal employment discrimination laws protect gay, lesbian and transgender employees. Other important cases are focused on the Trump Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program, and the use of public money for religious schools.

In addition, this session will see the Court further settle into its new composition a year after Justice Kavanaugh’s fraught confirmation. With the Court having just accepted for review a challenge to a Louisiana “admitting privileges” law, we will see whether Justice Kavanaugh’s representations at his confirmation hearing regarding his views on stare decisis and Roe v. Wade were truthful.

With so much at stake, it is imperative that we remain vigilant during this session. The Court’s decisions will have significant ramifications for the parties involved, but also for all Americans in the years to come. Now more than ever, courts matter.”

For analysis and insights on the Court’s new term watch ACS's 2019-2020 Supreme Court Preview recorded at the National Press Club on September 25, 2019.