Category Archives: Bench & Bar

US District Court Judge Julie E. Carnes tapped to serve in 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Obama picks Judge Gregg Costa for 5th Circuit appeals court

Coburn slams Dems for move to confirm DHS official under probe

Obama Will Nominate Baucus As Ambassador To China

Lights, camera, Supreme Court: It’s about time

Senate GOP to skip town, leave Dems working weekend shift

Obama’s extreme use of executive discretion | George F. Will at Washington Post

University of Chicago Law Review Symposium on the Work of Judge Robert Bork

Justice Department Defends Law Banning Protests at Supreme Court

Nation’s Law Schools See Lowest Enrollment Since 1975

Senate GOP to decide filibuster strategy

Senator Landrieu Maintains Perfect Pro-Obama Judge Record

    NRO Bench Memos: While you were (hopefully) sleeping last night, the Senate voted 51–44 to confirm the nomination of Cornelia Pillard, one of President Obama’s most controversial judicial nominees. Red-state Democrats had to make a choice at the vote shortly before 1 a.m.: Would they represent their constituents at home, or continue to vote in lockstep with the president under cover of night?

  • Posted: 12/12/2013
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Nina Pillard, Georgetown Law Professor, Confirmed to D.C. Circuit

Attorney airs warning on Obama packing D.C. court

Robinson nominated to Conn. Supreme Court

ABA Reconsiders Practical Skills Mandate for Law Schools

Nebraska Judicial Commission won’t investigate judge who told 16 year old abortion would “kill the child inside you”

Senate GOP Could Taste Sweet Revenge In Supreme Court Case

IRS Nominee To Face Questions On Health Law

How to Lie With Statistics, Filibuster Edition

    National Review Bench Memos: For starters, the filibuster is a red herring. Cohen claims “dozens” of Obama nominees have been stopped by the filibuster; in fact, there have been only eight successful filibusters during all of Obama’s tenure in the White House, for six different nominees. One of those was later confirmed. That’s a total of five nominees blocked by the filibuster. Meanwhile, 209 Obama nominees have been confirmed.

  • Posted: 12/09/2013
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25 Years Later, PACER, Electronic Filing Continue to Change Courts Twenty-five years ago, computers were hurtling America into the Information Age. From 1987 to 1989, the nation’s PC sales tripled, as consumers gained unprecedented power to process words, crunch numbers and print documents at home. The World Wide Web was still being invented, but early adopters were discovering personal email.

  • Posted: 12/09/2013
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Some Wisconsin Supreme Court justices urging senators to support amendment

Senate Republicans Get Argument Time in Recess Case

Senate Dems Push Obama Nominees, Gop Bides Time

Schedule set for contraception challenge briefing

Senate Democrats to move quickly on nominations

Practice pointer: Coordinating briefing in consolidated cases

Dems’ Power Grab Will Cost Them The War Over The Constitution In Court | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

Turley: Obama’s “Become The Very Danger The Constitution Was Designed To Avoid”

Supreme Court Takes on Free Speech Case of Often-Arrested Protester

    ABC: But in 2010 Apel was arrested for protesting in the designated zone. Federal officials say that because Apel had previously been arrested, in 2003 and 2007, for trespassing and vandalizing property (he threw a vial of blood on a sign) and he has been barred from the base. They say that the protest area is owned by the base and when Apel returned in 2010 to protest he was violating a federal law.

  • Posted: 12/04/2013
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The nominees Obama wants most

9th Circuit: Court of Appeals to Open En Banc Proceedings to Internet Viewing

Originalist Scholars Amicus Brief in NLRB v. Noel Canning

Wyoming Governor Appoints Pro-Abortion Attorney to State Supreme Court

Supreme Court busy looking for cases — but finding fewer than usual

Stakes high as U.S. Supreme Court hears Michigan tribal case on gaming dispute

Should the Supreme Court Have Unpaid Interns?

Making the Case Against D.C. Circuit Nominee Cornelia Pillard | Ed Whelan at NRO

White House, allies weigh nomination strategy under new Senate rules

Filibuster faces terminal decline

Left emboldened by nuclear move

When the Swing Justice Doesn’t Swing: Rumors of Anthony Kennedy as a moderate on abortion are wildly overblown.

Obama Nominates Two to D.C. Superior Court

Is There a New Filibuster Rule? Will Baude at Volokh Conspiracy

Nukes for the NYT, But Not for Thee | Jonathan Adler at Volokh Conspiracy

Senators ask DOJ to come clean on Supreme Court surveillance case

Harkin calls for more rule changes

Cruz: Democrats want to pack court with judges to protect ObamaCare

Partisan Fever in Senate Likely to Rise

Christie will take sports gambling fight to the Supreme Court

Senate fights over appeals court key to Obama agenda

Utah Attorney General To Resign

Reid readies for nuclear option

A Time to Go Nuclear? | Jonathan Adler at Volokh Conspiracy

Reid Blocks First G.O.P. Offer on Filibuster Reform, Leaves Nuclear Option on Table

A Lesson in Equality from California | Michael Moreland and Patrick Brennan at Public Discourse

On Abolishing the Judicial Filibuster | Ed Whelan at NRO

Senator Reid to Invoke ‘Nuclear Option’: Conservatives See More Scalias in Their Future

Sotomayor Says Lack of Diversity is ‘Huge Danger’ for Judiciary

Conscience is not simply self-will, it is subject to the moral law | Robert George at Public Discourse

Clarence Thomas Vs. Barack Obama On Gettysburg, American Greatness

Rarified Credentials Still Favored in Law Faculty Hiring

    Karen Sloan at National Law Journal: But when it came making offers, candidates with J.D.s from top schools dominated. They accounted for 68 percent of applicants and 82 percent of those hired. Drilling down even further, candidates with J.D.s from Harvard Law School, Yale Law School and Stanford Law School—highly prestigious schools known for turning out large numbers of future professors—together were 27 percent more likely to land jobs than those from all other law schools.

  • Posted: 11/19/2013
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Reid threatens to go nuclear

    The Hill: Democrats warned that changes to the Senate’s practices through a ruling of the chair sustained by a simple majority vote would destroy the institution. “I would never, ever consider breaking the rules to change the rules,” Reid told colleagues in April of 2006 during the Senate debate.

  • Posted: 11/19/2013
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Federalist Society Convention Videos

Harry Reid: GOP playing with fire on judges

Senate GOP blocks third court nominee

Supreme Court rejects case on NSA spying on Americans’ phone calls

Judicial nominees face unfair hurdles in the Senate | Washington Post Editorial

Senate heads toward new filibuster fight