The balance of power in the Supreme Court will lurch dramatically to the right with the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, says Supreme Court expert Dan Urman. Kavanaugh’s position that sitting presidents should be shielded from prosecution may have been the persuading argument for President Trump’s selection, he says.
The cake issue is solved. But questions about the reaches of protections for religious freedom versus protections for gay rights remain wide open. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled 7-2 in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The ruling, however, still leaves a major question unanswered, according to law professor Dan Urman: “Is this a case about cake or about the people trying to buy a cake?”
In a win for affirmative action advocates, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a program at the University of Texas that considers race as a limited factor in admissions decisions. Dan Urman, assistant teaching professor and director of the Doctorate in Law and Policy program, examines the court’s decision and what it means for affirmative action.