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Highlights from the U.S. Supreme Court's 2001–2002 Decisions on Federal Court Access

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

A number of decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court during its 2001–2002 term will affect the ability of individuals to gain access to the justice system. Three of these decisions curtail the scope of federal rights and remedies. Four decisions implicate issues of state sovereign immunity. Other notable decisions involve pleading requirements, statutes of limitations, administrative exhaustion, and the scope of judicial deference to agencies' statutory interpretations.

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