Derek Schmidt

Significant Cases

Opposed the Affordable Care Act
California v. Texas, Supreme Court
(Affordable Care Act)
Texas and the AGs of several states sued the federal government to overturn the Affordable Care Act, which would end healthcare coverage for as many as 25 million people and remove protections for people with preexisting conditions. California and other AGs intervened in the lawsuit to defend the law.
Supported the Muslim Travel Ban
Trump v. Hawaii, Supreme Court
(Travel Ban)
The Trump administration imposed a travel ban in early 2017, focused primarily on majority Muslim countries, after President Trump promised to enact a Muslim travel ban during the 2016 campaign.
Opposed the DACA program
Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, Supreme Court
The DACA program allows more than 700,00 undocumented people living in the United States who were brought here as children to live and work legally, without fear of deportation.The Supreme Court upheld the program.
Opposed abortion access
June Medical Services v. Russo, Supreme Court
(Abortion Restrictions)
The plaintiffs challenged a Louisiana state law which would have effectively outlawed abortions in the state by requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a state-authorized hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. The Supreme Court ruled that the state law was unconstitutional.
Opposed protecting workers' collective bargaining rights
Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Supreme Court
(Public Sector Unions)
The Supreme Court held that a state cannot require public sector employees to pay union dues, even if those unions are collectively bargaining on behalf of the employees. The decision nullified fair share provisions which funded union collective bargaining activities.

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