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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Special Education Students

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that school districts MUST make sure that those students not integrated into a “regular” classroom environment have opportunities to advance beyond the bare minimal standards of support:

“When all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing “merely more than de minimis” progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all. For children with disabilities, receiving instruction that aims so low would be tantamount to “sitting idly . . . awaiting the time when they were old enough to ‘drop out.’” (14) Read the full opinion here.

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Live – First Day of Confirmation Hearings For Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

The ever-reliable C-SPAN will cover these hearings day by day, gavel to gavel. He is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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The Opinions of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Neil Gorsuch

As is pointed out in the CRS publication, Judge Gorsuch has authored more than 800 opinions in his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals. This aforementioned report lists what are considered essential cases he has reviewed and written on, ranging from administrative law to constitutional law; links are provided to the individual cases. A good biographical overview, coupled with an analysis of his judicial record, can be found at SCOTUSblog.

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Refugee Laws From Around the World

Refugee Law and Policy in Selected Countries (March 2016) from the Law Library of Congress examines relevant statutes and policies from some twenty-three countries. Links to country-specific laws and regulations are given, and a current bibliography of works is appended as well.

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Judge Garland’s Responses to Senate Judiciary Committee’s Questionnaire

Here is the copy of the completed 141 page survey returned to the Judiciary Committee; it is a preliminary step in the confirmation process.

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Annotated Listing of Judge Merrick Garland’s Opinions

This CRS report lists the 350 opinions Judge Merrick has written  – majority, concurring, dissenting – and provides a brief non-partisan annotation. They are presented in reverse chronological order and include the citation, his role, and a broad subject category. This additional report from CRS examines his stand on the Second Amendment – What, If Anything, Has Judge Garland Said About the Second Amendment and Guns?


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Who Is Merrick Garland?

President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, that’s who. Here is some information on him courtesy of The New York Times; more sites of relevance include: NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

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