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V.L. v. E. L.

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a per curiam opinion on March 7, 2016, tangentially related to family law, but mostly related to the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution.  The Full Faith and Credit Clause requires states to acknowledge, enforce, and abide by orders of sibling states.   This Read More

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Intra-Family Surveillance

The Supreme Court yesterday denied Mandamus in In Re Electronic Privacy Information Center, a case that would have challenged the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s order to Verizon to disclose local telephone calls to the National Security Agency.  See Order List here. This denial of Mandamus is not particular surprising.  But, the focus on government surveillance Read More

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Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral argument in the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. Though family law is traditionally an area of state law, this case comes to the Supreme Court under the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.  The case concerns the adoption of a child born to Read More

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