The Icing on the Cake: How Background Factors Affect Law Faculties’ Predictions in Masterpiece Cakeshop
The Icing on the Cake: How Background Factors Affect Law Faculties’ Predications in Masterpiece Cakeshop, 9 CONLAWNOW 227, 2018
8 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2020
Date Written: 2018
In Craig v. Masterpiece Cakeshop, Inc., a Colorado cake shop and its owner sought review of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s issuance of a cease and desist order for refusing to make a custom wedding cake for a same-sex wedding. The case brings up issues involving compelled expressive speech and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. The Colorado Court of Appeals held that neither of these constitutional rights was violated by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s actions. The Supreme Court of the United States granted the shop owner’s petition to review the case. Supreme Court oral arguments were heard on December 5, 2017. This article provides the results of an online survey of U.S. law school faculty. Masterpiece Cakeshop was selected for this survey because it is likely to evoke emotion. Therefore, it is an ideal case to assess how background factors affect Supreme Court predictions among law school faculty.
Keywords: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Faculty Diversity, Bias, Supreme Court Predictions, Predictive Markets
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