American Judges Association


Date of this Version

October 2001


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 38:3 (2001), pp. 16-23. Copyright © 2001 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at


The Supreme Court’s role in the 2000 presidential election sparked intense national debate and will be the sole decision for which this term will be remembered. Although no other decisions rose to same level of political or popular significance, the Court confronted various civil-law topics of particular interest. Among them were issues concerning immigrant rights, interpretation of significant statutes such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, and important matters regarding the First Amendment and federalism.

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