Judicial watchdogs have about one month to wait until the Supreme Court opens its doors for arguments on Oct. 7. However, that has not kept people from examining the cases the Court will hear, and some key labor-related rulings should shape policy moving forward.
One of the first cases to watch will be Schuette v Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, with arguments currently scheduled for Oct. 15. After the Court upheld the University of Michigan Law School’s affirmative-action plan ten years ago, affirmative-action opponents launched a campaign to pass a Michigan state amendment banning racial preferences at public employers and universities. The amendment passed in 2009, but the 6th Circuit then struck it down in a 2011 divided decision.