April 3, 2014
Decisions of note included the holdings in Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder, 2013 WL 3184629 (U.S. 2013), that the coverage-formula provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) is unconstitutional; U.S. v. Windsor, 118 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1417, 2013 WL 3196928 (U.S. 2013), that the provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defining, for federal law, “marriage” only as a legal union between a man and a woman and “spouse” only as a person of opposite sex who was a husband or wife, 1 U.S.C.A. § 7, was unconstitutional as a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment; and Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 118 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1459, 2013 WL 3155220 (U.S. 2013), that a state university’s implementation of a program to achieve diversity by making race a meaningful factor in undergraduate admissions should have been subjected to strict scrutiny to ensure that the means chosen by the university were narrowly tailored.
This review notes the issues that were addressed, via opinions, or grants or denials of certiorari, by the United States Supreme Court in its 2012 to 2013 term, that are within the scope of and further analyzed by American Law Reports annotations.