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News Posted on February 22, 2013

Associate Dean Amar Comments on Supreme Court Docket for National Law Journal

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, commented for the National Law Journal on the U.S. Supreme Court's argument docket for its upcoming term, which is set to include cases concerning same-sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action, DNA testing in law enforcement, and other issues. 

In contrast to the previous session, in which the most high-profile cases were "essentially about federalism," Amar said that "equality is the dominant theme of this term, exemplified by the affirmative-action case, voting rights, and same-sex marriage."   Amar also commented on the prospects for rulings on the merits of cases concerning voting rights and same-sex marriage, suggesting that it is more likely to Court will defer the merits on Hollingsworth v. Perry and U.S. v. Windsor given the rapidly changing social attitudes and legal landscape regarding same-sex marriage.  "A few years could provide the Court with a lot more data than it has now," he said.

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law with the UC Davis School of Law, is a national authority in the fields of constitutional law, civil procedure, criminal procedure, and remedies. His biweekly column for, a leading provider of online legal information, centers on his expertise in constitutional law.

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