The state of the U.S. Supreme Court with Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Justice

The state of the U.S. Supreme Court with Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Justice

Few recent rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court have done more to anger caring and thinking Americans and awaken them to the importance of monitoring the federal courts and the judges who serve on them than the now infamous Hobby Lobby v. Burwell decision of June 2014. In Hobby Lobby, the Court held that a corporation cannot be required to pay for insurance coverage of contraception if to do so would offend the religious sensibilities of the corporation’s owners.

Of course, Hobby Lobby was far from the only momentous decision of the past year. Moreover, many more vitally important cases are already queued up for the coming Supreme Court term that commences this fall.

So where do things stand? What’s next? Are there any causes for optimism? What can and should progressives do to make the federal courts a more hospitable venue for the causes of social, economic and political justice?

Ian Millhiser, Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst for the Center for American Progress and the Justice Editor for the Center for American Progress Action Fund, discusses these issues and others that affect the state of the U.S. Supreme Court. [Continue Reading...]