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Decisions on Federal Court Access During the Supreme Court's 1999–2000 Term

Some Social Security, a Little Federalism, and More of the Usual

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

Several decisions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court last term will affect federal court practice for public interest practitioners. Two involved federal court access under the Social Security Act and two others rejected the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Violence Against Women Act as beyond the scope of congressional power to abrogate state sovereign immunity. Other decisions upheld federal court access in the face of challenges based on lack of standing or mootness and reviewed the standards of deference applicable to administrative agencies' interpretations of federal statutes.

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