“One could imagine that there will be judges in other parts of the country that don’t think it’s proper for law for the entire country to be set by a single district court judge,” says Brianne Gorod, chief counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center, a public-interest law firm and think tank in Washington.
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He “takes an evidence-driven approach. He wants to understand how the world works and how the law operates given the realities on the ground,” said Brianne Gorod, counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center and former law clerk for Breyer.
Elizabeth Wydra of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center, who also tracks the court's business cases, said, "There were a lot of big wins for the chamber and some notable losses, but it still is the case that the Roberts Court is very pro-business. That doesn't change because of a few losses." Wydra filed a brief in Campbell-Ewald, which closed off a path used by defendants to thwart class actions.
"Like Justice Scalia, Jutice Sotomayor has the ability to take on her colleagues on the court when she thinks they are wrong, while at the same time speaking to the public at large in colorful, evocative, often fiery language," said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the progressive Constitutional Accountability Center.
“I'm not terribly surprised” by the difference in representation between the sides, Elizabeth B. Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center in Washington, told Bloomberg BNA June 28. Wydra, along with David H. Gans and Brianne J. Gorod, also of the Constitutional Accountability Center, filed an amicus brief in support of petitioners.
“The implications for the upcoming presidential election are huge,” said David Gans, director of the Human Rights, Civil Rights & Citizenship Program at the Constitutional Accountability Center. “Since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in the case of Shelby County v. Holder in 2013, we have seen a wave of new legislation that makes it harder for racial minorities and others to exercise their constitutional right to vote,” Gans further told the AFRO.
CAC's David Gans appeared on U Need 2 Know with host Frank Knapp to discuss the cases decided in the last week of the Supreme Court's Term.
CAC President Elizabeth Wydra spoke with CNN's Pamela Brown about the Supreme Court's ruling in the landmark reproductive rights case, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.
"The 5th Circuit ruling stands, affecting millions of people, because of governmental dysfunction and not because of any decision of the Supreme Court," said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center. "However you feel about the merits of a particular case, you should want the court to be able to do its job and declare what the law is, especially in cases of such profound national importance."
The labor union case was one in which the tied vote kept the status quo in place, with an outcome Wydra favored. But she said she still thought it was wrong that major policy has been decided “with a single-sentence affirmance” of a lower-court decision rather than a reasoned opinion of the Supreme Court. The failure to reach an agreement on Obama’s immigration plan, which aimed to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and give them the right to work legally in the United States, meant that a national policy was blocked by a district judge and a 2-to-1 vote of an appeals court panel, Wydra noted.
"However you feel about the merits of a particular case, you should want the court to be able to do its job and declare what the law is, especially in cases of such profound national importance," said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center.
CAC President Elizabeth Wydra appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to review key Supreme Court decisions from the 2015-16 term and how the divided court functioned with eight justices.