Category Archives: Bench & Bar

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

    TIME: Senate Democratic leadership aides tell TIME that the move is preemptive; when the Republicans eventually take over the Senate, the aides assert that the Republicans will push the button. “That’s just pure fantasy,” says Cornyn.” But, he adds, “Once you decide that a simple majority of the Senate can change the Senate rules, then that’s a two-way street.”


  • Posted: 11/21/2013
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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

President Announces Nominee For Assistant Attorney General For Civil Rights

Holder: l’ll stay attorney general ‘well into 2014′

Clarence Thomas: The Supreme Court’s most happy fella

Four Senior Judges Up for Reappointment in DC Courts

House approves automatic fines for filing frivolous lawsuits

America’s Moderate Liberalism: Rediscovering Montesquieu, Recovering Balance

Cruz Attacks DOJ Advocacy at Federalist Society Meeting

U.S. argues for broad limit on teens’ gun rights

MI: Bill changing how residents sue state government now law

2013 National Lawyers Convention: Textualism and the Role of Judges

Expanded the Range of Respectable Opinion in Constitutional Discourse

Reid lacks the votes to go nuclear

Nevada Supreme Court Stays Out of Dispute Over Judge’s Recusal For Religious Ties

Will the Supreme Court Strike Another Blow for Worker Freedom?

GOP Ready To Block Key Obama Court Nominee

Sometimes, you don’t want your case to make it to the Supreme Court

Orrin Hatch: Power Grab In Judicial Nominations

Deja Vu at Jones Day: Firm Hires Six More Supreme Court Clerks

Legal blog seeks recognition from high court

Judge’s Religious Comments Lead To Remand For Resentencing

Is the Supreme Court Punting on Controversial Issues? Okla. Coalition for Reproductive Justice v. Cline

Abortion Groups Target Judge for Saying Abortion Kills a Baby

Only 33% Think Most Judges Follow the Law in Their Rulings

Harry Reid Opens Door To Nuking The Filibuster For Judges

SCOTUS Petitions to Watch: Okla. Abortion Ultrasound Case

NY: Plan to Raise Judges’ Retirement Age to 80 Is Rejected

Castille wins another term on Pa. Supreme Court

Pa. voters send GOP’s Stabile to Superior Court, Dems sweep other top offices

Transgender Grammar | Ed Whelan at NRO

PA voters could oust two Supreme Court justices in Tuesday’s election

Dear President Obama, This Is Why Judges Matter | Emily Bazelon and Dahlia Lithwick at Slate

“The U.S. Needs a New Constitution—Here’s How to Write It” | The Atlantic

    Alex Seitz-Wald at The Atlantic: America, we’ve got some bad news: Our Constitution isn’t going to make it. It’s had 224 years of commendable, often glorious service, but there’s a time for everything, and the government shutdown and permanent-crisis governance signal that it’s time to think about moving on. “No society can make a perpetual constitution,” Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison in 1789, the year ours took effect. “The earth belongs always to the living generation and not to the dead .… Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19 years.”


  • Posted: 11/04/2013
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Why is S.C. Supreme Court not following law on timely court decisions?

Justice Kennedy’s Federalism Rationale for Refusing to Perform Marriage Ceremonies

Ted Cruz criticizes DOJ for arguing international treaty can trump the Constitution

Robert Wilkins Nomination for D.C. Circuit Passes Committee

Senate Blocks Obama Picks For Judge, Housing Posts

Senators Clash Over Obama Judge And Housing Picks

Collegiality, Court-Packing, and the D.C. Circuit

Eleven Lawyers, Judges Vie for D.C. Court of Appeals Seat

O’connor Performs Same-sex Wedding At High Court

WI: Constitutional amendment would let court select chief justice

2013 National Lawyers Convention Schedule

Republican AGs vs. Obama’s Court-Packing Plan

Florida Bar Upset Over Lost Influence

Portrait of Female Justices Unveiled

Filibuster Wars To Flare Up As Reid Moves On Top Judges