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Our annual look at the high court examines the numbers and trends that shaped the last term and will affect the term to come.

Another big decision before the new term
A quirky challenge that now has the potential to be an election law blockbuster will be in the cross hairs of the U.S. Supreme Court in September. The justices in June ordered reargument on Sept. 9 in Citizens United v. FEC, more popularly known as the “Hillary: The Movie” lawsuit. It will be the Elena Kagan’s first case before the high court in her new role as Solicitor General.

The case at the center of Citizens United
Nearly two decades ago, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and its lawyers argued a case designed to test the limits on corporate spending in elections. They lost in the Supreme Court. But now the justices will hear arguments in September on whether to overrule that 19-year-old precedent. The two retired lawyers who argued Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce reminisce about the case and one of them prepares to do battle again.

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