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The Supreme Court and the Limits of Descriptive Representation

Kirsten Widner
- 28 Feb 2023 - 
- Vol. 55, Iss: 2, pp 380-388
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The appointment of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court in April 2022 was a meaningful sign of progress as mentioned in this paper , and she became the first Black woman to serve on the Court, and with her addition the Court has greater gender and racial diversity than at any time in history.
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The appointment of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court in April 2022 was a meaningful sign of progress. After her confirmation, President Biden declared, “We’re going to look back and see this as a moment of real change in American history.” Not only is Justice Jackson the first Black woman to serve on the Court, but with her addition, the Court has greater gender and racial diversity than at any time in history. Four of the nine justices are women and a third are people of color. Although many groups have never been represented on its bench, today’s Court looks more like America than ever before. However, this descriptive representation comes at a time when the Court is scaling back the rights of women andminoritized groups. Last term, the Court declared that abortion is not a constitutionally protected right, undermined Native American sovereignty, permittedCongress to deny residents of Puerto Rico benefits available to other citizens, and limited opportunities for non-citizens to seek judicial

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Looking Forward: Interest Group Legal Strategy and Federalist Society Affiliation in the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal

Chris Bird, +1 more
- 28 Feb 2023 - 
TL;DR: The conservative legal movement has been gaining traction for nearly half a century and owes much of its success and incorporation into mainstream American politics to the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (FedSoc) as mentioned in this paper .
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The Politics of Law: Capricious Originalism and the Future of the Supreme Court

Susan P. Liebell
- 28 Feb 2023 - 
TL;DR: In 2018, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the precedent that had guaranteed access to abortion as a fundamental liberty ensured by the Fourteenth Amendment for almost half a century as mentioned in this paper .
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Buttered Bagels

Alyson Cole, +2 more
- 01 Mar 2023 - 
TL;DR: Cole et al. as mentioned in this paper used the cover art of The New Yorker to depict the cast of The Andy Griffith Show as a psychedelic band, depicting the small-Town sheriffs as hippies.
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Should Blacks Represent Blacks and Women Represent Women? A Contingent "Yes"

TL;DR: In this article, the authors show that in contexts of historical political subordination and low de facto legitimacy, descriptive representation helps create a social meaning of "ability to rule" and increases the attachment to the polity of members of the group.
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How the Dissent Becomes the Majority: Using Federalism to Transform Coalitions in the U.S. Supreme Court

TL;DR: In this article, the authors show that when dissenting opinions signal a preference for transforming an issue into an argument about federal-state power, more subsequent cases in that area are decided on that basis.
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Anti-abortion Policymaking and Women’s Representation:

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