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A conservative Chief Justice who repeatedly stands in the way of a progressive, Democratic president, while leading a divided, unpopular Supreme Court. No, it's not Chief Justice Roberts, though the parallels are clear. It's Charles Evans Hughes, Roberts's counterpart from 1930 to 1941, who repeatedly held back President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal initiatives.

In a relatively rare presentation last Friday, the current Chief Justice discussed his predecessor, Court leadership, and the legacy of Hughes. Here are the highlights.

SCOTUS Hears Arguments: Can Gov't Freeze Money to Pay Lawyers?

Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the case of Luis v. United States, a case of first impression for SCOTUS that asks probing questions about the role of government forfeiture of personal assets.

The legal issue at the core of Luis is this: Can prosecutors freeze all of the defendant's assets even if they are unrelated to any criminal activity and even if freezing them would hinder the defendant's ability to hire counsel?

2013 was a rough year for leftist Court watchers. The Court punted on affirmative action, weakened employment discrimination protections, and cut out the heart of the Voting Rights Act. If there was solace to be had, it was in Justice Ginsburg's steadfast dissents. In two days, she read three dissents from the bench -- an almost unprecedented sign of strong disagreement.

Justice Ginsburg was quickly immortalized as the Notorious RBG by a fawning Tumblr blog. And now that Tumblr has grown into a book, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Notorious RBG isn't just an Internet meme anymore -- it's required reading.

When it comes to the Supreme Court, we live in the age of dissent. Dissents can give activists a guideline to changing the law and they can rally the faithful to a cause that's just lost -- for now. Scalia's brash style, for example, shines brightest in losing dissents.

But outside of blog headlines and Twitter quotations, a Supreme Court dissent can have real power. A new book by legal historian Melvin Urofsky, Dissent and the Supreme Court, reminds us of just that. Dissents, Urosky argues, have a powerful role in shaping the nation's constitutional dialogue and can end up embraced by the Court itself years later. Here are three times history has proven his thesis correct.

Class actions are one of the best features of the American legal system. (Corporate defense lawyers and general counsel may disagree, but hear us out.) Get an unfair fee from your bank? Buy a cheap product that doesn't live up to its claims? Unjustly detained by police? Class actions are your solution. They're the main way our Lilliputian wrongs get righted.

But what if the head class representative gets justice while the rest of the injured go wanting? Is the case moot? The Supreme Court addressed just these questions this week in a case that could drastically undermine the power of class action litigation. As always, the deciding vote is in Justice Kennedy's hands.

SCOTUS Says No to Professional Line Standers

SCOTUS has finally put down its foot: line standers will no longer be permitted at the nation's highest court. From now on, only the attorneys who actually intend to bring arguments before the Court will be permitted to stand in line of the bar section.

This is really bad news for anyone who made his living by offering his time to stand around SCOTUS. It turns out law firms pay big bucks for proxies to stand in line -- including the homeless -- for prices going for up to $6,000 an hour. Yes, that's what I said. Line standing is a business model.

SCOTUS to Start Highlighting Changes in its Opinions

The US Supreme Court announced Monday that it will start highlighting changes to publicly released opinions. The changes will be highlighted in the text of the opinion and both the old and new material will be visible to readers by placing their cursor over the brightened sections.

This may not come as particularly earth-shattering news, but it is construed by some as a small concession by the Highest Court in response to complaints regarding the court's lack of transparency. Certain groups have actively pushed for the use of cameras in the Court, a notion that Justice Antonin Scalia has dismissed.

The Supreme Court reconvened this morning for the first oral arguments of the October 2015 term. The last term was full of headline-making cases. The Court recognized a fundamental right to same-sex marriage. It upheld Obamacare against another of seemingly endless challenges. It drastically reshaped public signage laws. (Okay, they can't all be sexy cases.)

This term promises to be just as important, if not more. It all starts today. Here are the cases we'll be watching as the term unfolds.

Today marks the tenth year of Chief Justice Roberts' reign over the Court. Originally considered as a replacement for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Roberts was nominated as Chief Justice following the passing of his former boss and mentor, William Rehnquist. During his nomination hearings, Justice Roberts said he wanted a modest court. That's not exactly what he's delivered.

From gun rights to gay rights, campaign donations to health care subsidies, the Roberts Court has overseen great changes in American law. "This is a court that really wants to be and is at center stage of American public life," according to U.C. Irvine's Erwin Chemerinsky. But the court's high profile has brought it condemnation from the left and the right alike.

It's an exciting time to be a SCOTUS fan. There are Scalia dolls being sold, Sotomayor danced salsa for the Nine, and Ginsburg is learning about gansta rap. Even Clarence Thomas is making some headlines!

But let's not forget, life -- and the Court -- isn't always pleasing. As Nietzsche said: "Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man." We at FindLaw couldn't agree more.

So, in the spirit of German nihilism and full, balanced listicle-making, here are nine depressing facts about the nine Supreme Court Justices: