The big news of the week was the justices’ decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. We take a look at whether the ruling—what many call a “narrow” decision—will have any heft as a future precedent. There are 25 more cases to be decided in the next three weeks or so. Stay tuned. Plus: Ross Davies offers some lessons in lawyering drawn from that great storyteller Thurgood Marshall. Thanks, always, for reading Supreme Court Brief. We appreciate feedback and suggestions. You can reach us at [email protected] and [email protected].

Masterpiece Cakeshop: A Precedent for the Future or One Bite Only?

U.S. Supreme Court decisions are precedents intended to give guidance to lower courts and promote uniformity of law. What kind of precedent is—or will be—the justices’ decision this week in favor of the baker who refused, for religious reasons, to bake a cake for a gay couple?