We publish this year’s Supreme Court Preview with heavy hearts, as it comes on the heels of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A trailblazing and tireless advocate for equality, Justice Ginsburg shaped our world in ways unimaginable when she graduated first in her law school class in 1959 — just one year after AARP’s founding. Among Justice Ginsburg’s contributions to civil rights, she authored the majority opinion in Olmstead v. L.C., a seminal Americans with Disabilities Act case, which held that “unjustified institutional isolation of persons with disabilities is a form of discrimination.” Olmstead has been central to much of our advocacy over the last two decades and continues to fuel our work on behalf of vulnerable older adults. It is a case that advances AARP Founder Ethel Percy Andrus’s commitment to empower older Americans to live with independence, dignity, and purpose, a commitment for all Americans reflected throughout Justice Ginsburg’s career.
Rulings on employee benefits protection may bring a number of cases before the Court in the near future.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Thirty years after passage, the Court will likely still be clarifying the extent of protections provided by the ADA.
During the 2020 term, many long-term health care challenges will finally make their way to the Supreme Court.