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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Supreme Court of Virginia Justices, 1779-Present

Categories: Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

Portraits and biographical information of justices who have served on the Supreme Court of Virginia.  From the Virginia State Law Library


The Trouble with Amicus Facts

Categories: Crime/Justice,Lobbying,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

The paper about how advocacy is infecting “friend of the court” briefs and damaging the impartiality of the judicial process which earned a William and Mary law school professor a guest spot on the Stephen Colbert show.  William and Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-273  From the Social Science Research Network


Ozone Air Quality Standards: EPA’s 2015 Revision

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

The Environmental Protection Agency has until December 1, 2014 to review and propose changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.  This report discusses the standard-setting process, the specifics of the current and most recent reviews of the current standards, and issues that may be raised such as whether the benefits justify the costs. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Dawn Curry Page v. Virginia State Board of Elections

Ruling by three judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that the congressional districts in Virginia dilute the voting strength of African Americans by concentrating them in a single district and are therefore unconstitutional.  Orders the districts to be redrawn by April 2016.  From Scribd


Marriage Equality in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Marriage/Family,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

Executive Order 30 of 2014 declares that same sex marriage is now legal in Virginia and directs all Virginia state agencies to make the necessary policy changes to comply with the Supreme Court decision not to review lower court decisions.  From the Office of the Governor


A Journalist’s Guide to the Federal Courts

Categories: Supreme Court/courts

A primer aimed at helping journalists understand how the federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts work.  From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts


Gulet Mohamed v Eric Holder

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt Processes/Organization,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism,Transportation

Decision of a federal district court judge that the judiciary can compel in camera review of material that the federal government claims is protected by the state secrets privilege.  The case, deriving from an individual’s listing on the government’s No Fly list, involves individual liberties and the respective powers of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches in matters related to the War on Terrorism.  From the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Doctrine of Constitutional Avoidance: A Legal Overview

Categories: Congress,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Explores the various rules that allow a court to avoid a ruling that invalidates a democratically-enacted law and the logic behind those rules.  Also examines how the doctrine of constitutional avoidance has influenced some recent rulings by the Roberts Court, criticisms of the doctrine, and the implications for Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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