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Introducing State Court Report

“We’re excited to introduce you to State Court Report, a nonpartisan source for news, resources, and commentary focused on state courts and state constitutional development. All too often, popular commentary has treated the U.S. Supreme Court as the only word that matters on constitutional rights. But recent federal court rulings limiting or eliminating rights under the U.S. Constitution have brought increased attention to state courts and constitutions as important, independent sources of rights as well. What’s been missing is a forum dedicated to covering legal news, trends, and cutting-edge scholarship related to state constitutional law, and a hub where noteworthy state supreme court cases and case materials from across the 50 states are easy to find and access. Enter State Court Report, a project of the Brennan Center. State Court Report features insights and analysis from academics, journalists, judges, and practitioners with diverse perspectives and expertise. We hope you’ll take some time to explore State Court Report. You can read commentary, analysis, and explainers across more than a dozen issue areas or learn more about a particular state. Our State Case Database highlights notable state constitutional decisions and pending cases to watch in state high courts nationwide. And our free newsletter will deliver the latest State Court Report articles straight to your inbox. We are also honored to feature guest essays from former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and former Michigan Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack. Nearly 50 years ago, Justice William J. Brennan Jr. wrote, “State courts no less than federal are and ought to be the guardians of our liberties.” In courthouses across the country, state constitutional questions are regularly being considered. We hope that State Court Report will help foster greater understanding and awareness of these legal developments and their significance.”

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