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Supreme Court Recap: How the New Court Handled Federal Court Access

with Jane Perkins, Gary Smith, & Mona Tawatao

The U.S. Supreme Court charted a confident and decidedly conservative path during the 2017–18 Term. The Court overruled some long-standing precedent and sometimes turned traditional statutory construction on its head. What did all this mean for plaintiffs’ ability to access federal courts?

In our December 2018 episode of the Advocacy Exchange, our monthly conversation with advocates advancing change, we enjoyed our annual conversation with federal court experts Jane Perkins, Legal Director of the National Health Law Program; Gary Smith, Executive Director of Legal Services of Northern California; and Mona Tawatao, Senior Litigator at the Western Center on Law and Poverty.* We discussed the general federal-court-access trends from last Supreme Court Term along with specific cases of note.

For more, be sure to read Jane, Gary, and Mona’s Clearinghouse article, The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017–18 Term: A Taste of the New Normal.

*Mona Tawatao serves as faculty and as a member of the advisory committee for the Shriver Center's Racial Justice Institute, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty is part of the Legal Impact Network.

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