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Will the Supreme Court's Usual Pace Lead to Delayed Decisions?

May 1, 2023

John Elwood, partner and head of the firm's Appellate and Supreme Court practice, was quoted in the Roll Call article, “Supreme Court, done with arguments, turns to decisions.” The story discusses how the Supreme Court has been handling cases at a historically slow rate this term—with several high-profile cases yet to be decided that could impact American law on race in elections and education, religious protections in the workplace, and other impactful areas.

According to Elwood, the current backlog of pending cases at this stage could be attributed to certain Justices wanting to write separate opinions, which would cause a delay in the release of rulings. However, it is unclear whether this indicates a level of discord among the Justices or merely a preference for individual opinions.

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