Overview of the 2009 Supreme Court Term
Supreme Court Concludes Term with Major Decisions on Gun Control, Discrimination, Separation of Powers and Patents
From a civil liberties perspective, this was a Term dominated by the First Amendment. Most prominently, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Court went out of its way to hold that restrictions on corporate campaign expenditures are unconstitutional.
Read a summary of all the Court's major civil liberties-related cases from this Term >>
Supreme Court Concludes a Term Focused on First Amendment As Justice Stevens Steps Down Ending Historic Career >>
ACLU Report on the Nomination of Elena Kagan
Whenever a Supreme Court nominee is sent to the Senate, the ACLU prepares a report for use by the Senate, the press and the public in evaluating the nominee. The report examines the nominee's record with respect to civil liberties.
Read our report on Elena Kagan >>