Last week, the United States Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action policies in Fisher v. University of Texas. While not directly related to employment law, the decision is an important sign of the Court’s commitment to diversity and may be indicative of how future decisions will come down.
Yesterday the United States Supreme Court issued a 7-1 opinion in Green v. Brennan. Justice Sotomayor authored the majority opinion, which vacated and remanded the Tenth Circuit’s dismissal of Plaintiff Marvin Green’s race discrimination and retaliation complaint on timeliness grounds.
Last week, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the United States Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia. Garland is the Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where he has served since 1997. When he was nominated to the D.C. Circuit Court by President Bill Clinton, he received bipartisan support and was confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 76-23. This confirmation process will undoubtedly be more difficult, with Garland’s appellate record coming under careful scrutiny. Garland’s record on employment and civil rights cases is of particular interest and importance to the employment attorneys at Babich Goldman.