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Ours is a jurisprudence of constant change–and the Supreme Court is at the center of it. Recognizing the need to stay current with rapidly evolving areas of the law, The George Washington Law Review is proud to host a platform for scholastic exchange on Supreme Court decision: On the Docket. This forum features responsive legal commentary on Supreme Court opinions as they are released. We invite members of the bench, the bar, and the academy to contribute to the discussion. With a strong tradition of promoting intellectual discourse, our goal is to provide timely insight on the present-day development of the law. Thank you and welcome to On the Docket.

Katelin L. P. Shugart-Schmidt
Editor-in-Chief, Volume 86
The George Washington Law Review


The October 2017 Term is well underway. The Justices have heard fifteen arguments thus far and on Wednesday, November 8, issued their first opinion in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. The Court unanimously held that a time limit in a court-made rule is not jurisdictional, but is a mandatory claim-processing rule that can be waived. Justice Ginsburg concluded that the 7th Circuit conflated FRAP 4(a)(5)(C) and 28 USC § 2107(c) and misapplied the Court’s precedent in Bowles v. Russell where the rule at issue was both a court-made rule and a statutory rule. The Court will hear five more arguments in November and five arguments in December. Check back to read the previews for each!

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