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Beyond Bush v. Gore

Highlights from the Supreme Court's 2000–2001 Decisions Concerning Access to the Courts

By Jane Perkins, Gary F. Smith, Matthew Diller & Gill Deford

Several decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court last term will have an impact on individuals' access to the justice system and will affect federal court practice for public interest practitioners. In two of these decisions, the Court said that states were not subject to suit under two major civil rights laws. Other notable decisions involved the state action doctrine, attorney fees, retroactive application of statutes, judicial estoppel, and the scope of deference that judges must accord administrative agencies.

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