Overview of the Supreme Court’s October 2015 Term

The Supreme Court’s 2014–2015 term included high-profile cases involving same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, as well as free speech, religious freedom, and property rights. Will the upcoming 2015–2016 term prove to be as newsworthy? The Court typically reviews between 70 and 80 cases per term. It has already agreed to hear 34 cases and likely will add more to the schedule at its September 28 “megaconference.” This term, the Court will hear significant cases involving unions, voting rights, the death penalty, and racial preferences, in addition to the possibility of taking up another challenge to Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, cell phone location data, abortion, and solitary confinement.

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