Briefing on the 2021-2022 U.S. Supreme Court Term and Impacts for States

On Tuesday, August 2, the National Governors Association hosted its monthly legal counsel briefing which reviewed the 2021-2022 U.S. Supreme Court term. The briefing discussed Court decisions and other Court actions of interest to states and territories, and what these impacts mean for Governors.

During its most recent term, the Court addressed several influential questions, prepared for the transition of members, experienced a leak of a draft opinion, and issued a number of landmark decisions. The Court issued a total of 66 decisions during the term, with most cases originating from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (13 cases), Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (10 cases), Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (7 cases), or state/district courts (7 cases). Cases included several high-profile topics of interest to states, including free speech, religious freedom, abortion, gun-rights, state/Indian jurisdiction issues, environmental law, administrative law, amongst others.

NGA holds monthly briefings for Governors’ legal counsel. Please reach out to Lauren Dedon ( for additional information.