Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


Role of the Supreme Court, American Judicial System, Minority Rights, Federalism, States Rights, Legitimacy, Constitutional Origins, Originalism, Historically Disadvantaged Groups


Throughout history, the role of the Supreme Court has been debated. Some individuals argue for strict interpretation of the Constitution, while others argue that the ideals of the Constitution should be prioritized. Landmark cases decided by the Supreme Court demonstrate the shift between the protection of state sovereignty and minority rights. This article argues that the Supreme Court is responsible to intervene on behalf of minority and historically-disadvantaged groups when their rights are threatened or infringed upon by state and federal governments.