Beginning this Constitution Day, and continuing through the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment in 2020, we should work together to build a celebration that's worthy of the Second Founding's remarkable constitutional achievements — one that restores the Second Founding Amendments to their rightful place at the center of the American constitutional story.
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"California’s new law is an important recognition that corporations should not be allowed to use the law’s coercive power to suppress valuable speech about how businesses serve consumers," says David Gans, civil rights director for the Constitutional Accountability Center. And "our legal system should not permit corporations to retaliate against speech that criticizes their performance."
Elizabeth Wydra joined appellate powerhouse Kathleen Sullivan as she launched her practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in 2005. But when Wydra heard about the startup of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center in 2008, she jumped at the chance to reclaim the U.S. Constitution as a tool for progressive litigation.
The full D.C. Circuit's decision to rehear Halbig wasn't political; it was a straightforward application of Federal Appellate Rule 35, which governs when federal appeals courts should rehear cases en banc. According to your editorial, a case is of "exceptional importance" when it involves some "constitutional principle." But that's not what Rule 35 says. The rule provides that a case is of exceptional importance when "the panel decision conflicts with . . . decisions of other . . . Courts of Appeal." That standard was met here because the Fourth Circuit upheld the IRS rule.
"A Republican Senate would complicate President Obama's ability to fill a Supreme Court vacancy should one occur, and likely hinder him in winning confirmation of his chosen appellate court nominees," said Judith Schaeffer, vice president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, a progressive legal advocacy group.