Category Archives: Bench & Bar

“Senate Confirms Lesbian as Judge of U.S. Court of Federal Claims”

The Low-Tech U.S. Supreme Court

FISA judge: no company has challenged phone records orders

“Gay bias in jury selection: Appeals court to consider issue in fight between drug giants”

Justice Antonin Scalia says constitution not meant to answer moral questions

IRS workers turn to elite D.C. lawyers for defense

Scalia Chides ‘Activist’ Colleagues on Eve of Constitution Day

CT: Local woman adjusts to Supreme Court bench

Reagan’s Court v. the Libertarians’

    The American Prospect: But it is Ronald Reagan’s ghost that haunts the chief justice’s chambers, much as Franklin Roosevelt’s haunted the chambers of Justices Hugo Black and Felix Frankfurter for decades after his death. Roosevelt and Reagan are the only two 20th-century presidents who consciously pursued a judicial revolution at the Court. Roosevelt’s legal philosophy was based on government as the agent of freedom, equality, and opportunity; Reagan famously declared that “government is the problem,” but he tempered his motto with a willingness to govern, to compromise with political adversaries, and to tax and spend when necessary.


  • Posted: 09/16/2013
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  • Source: prospect.org

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Obama Nominee for Judge Says Abortion Frees Women From “Conscription Into Maternity”

Chief Justice Roberts holds key in campaign-finance case

Judiciary sends Obama budget plea

Wilkins Breezes Through D.C. Circuit Confirmation Hearing

Hecht chosen as new chief of Texas Supreme Court

Anti-Muslim Pastor Arrested On Way To Planned 9-11 Qur’an Burning

11th Cir. and D. of Georgia judgeship deal in the works

House Committee Approves Bill on ‘Frivolous’ Lawsuits

Obama Pushes Pro-Abortion Nominee Nina Pillard for Second Most Powerful Court

Senator Lee Criticizes Chief Justice in New E-Book

Relieving the Heavy Federal Judicial Caseload

    Ed Whalen at NRO: Adding new judges would be one way to relieve the caseload. But, given our country’s long-term fiscal problems, I’d suggest that a better way is to reduce the number of cases in the federal system by eliminating federal causes of action (especially those that are duplicative of state causes of action) and possibly by restricting jurisdiction.


  • Posted: 09/11/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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The Supreme Court ‘Beauty Contest’: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

    Above the Law: Over the last two decades, a dedicated Supreme Court bar has gained prominence, focusing on arguing the increasingly few cases before the justices each term. These lawyers face fierce competition in persuading clients to hire them, participating in a not-so-glamorous competition known in the industry as a “beauty contest.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: abovethelaw.com

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America’s Declining Commitment to Self-Government | Carson Holloway at Public Discourse

Scalia: Traditional Christian virtues essential to capitalism

Why Not Two or Three Years of Law School | Ed Whalen at NRO

Biden: “I Think Janet Napolitano Should be on the Supreme Court of the United States”

Judge Wilkins Faces Different Senate Confirmation Process

Kansas: Court appointment adds fuel to conservatives’ fire to change selection process

Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice will help defend marriage law in federal lawsuit

The Last Stand: The Fight of State AGs to Preserve Federalism | Heritage Foundation

“The First Private Gay Law Firm In Louisiana”

Christie says Supreme Court justice Helen Hoens would not get a fair hearing

Law School Offers Two-Year Program That Works Around ABA Accreditation Monopoly Barriers

D.C. Circuit Nominee Pillard’s False and Deceptive Testimony—Part 1 | Ed Whelan at NRO

Practice-Ready Law School Graduates: A Millennialist Fantasy

President Obama and Compliance with Domestic Versus International Law

Defending the Faithful: A one-of-a-kind law school clinic stands up for religious freedom.

“Surprising Friend of Gay Rights in a High Place”

Originalism and the Constitutionality of Military Intervention in Syria

Iowa judicial nominee quizzed on her marriage

NC: Judge Ervin will run again for Supreme Court

“Ginsburg Embraces Gay-Marriage Rulings as Court Shuns Bold Moves”

Obama Says Law School Should Be 2 Years, Not 3

Governor Brownback’s Stellar Judicial Appointment

Chapman Law Changes Name Following $55 Million Donation

Nation’s Newest Law School Prepares to Open its Doors

Justice Kagan talks about high court on personal level to R.I. audience

Gibson Dunn Hires Philip Alito, Son of Supreme Court Justice

Law School Applications Down 18%

11th Circuit: Barkett to leave appeals court

Christie’s newest Supreme Court nominee will get a hearing, Sweeney says

Law Schools Gain Greater Autonomy

Scalia: Court Shouldn’t ‘invent New Minorities’

How Did Law Firms Fare In The First Half of 2013?

The “New Normal” in the Legal Profession

Is the D.C. Circuit a “Broken Circuit”?

    Jonathan Adler at Volokh Conspiracy: Earlier this summer, the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Forum featured a cover story on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by Doug Kendall and Simon Lazarus of the Constitutional Accountability Center entitled “Broken Circuit.”  As the sub-head promised, this article made the case that “A new breed of activism on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit — for environmental cases second in importance only to the Supreme Court and the central venue for high-profile lawsuits — threatens decades of progress.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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The Influence of Amicus Curiae Briefs on U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Content

Ethics Law Necessary to Keep High Court Justices in Line

Could the D.C. Circuit Become the Second Most Dangerous Court?

Report Details Courts’ Use of Social Media Tools

“DOMA Ruling Looms Large in Court Fight Over Striking Gay Jurors”

The Ninth Circuit? Or the Munger, Tolles and Olson Circuit?

U.S. Judges Urge Congress To Give Courts More Money

WI: Complaint Filed On Judge Who Changed Baby’s Name, Cited Jesus

Christie announces he will not renominate N.J. Supreme Court Justice Helen Hoens

Behind the bench: Q&A with Missouri Supreme Court Justice Mary Rhodes Russell

Justice Kennedy: Legal community isn’t doing enough to attract country’s finest into its ranks

ABA Changes Graduate Data Collection Timeline | Law.com

Too Much Work? FISA Court Appointment

    Linda Greenhouse at NY Times: Americans have undoubtedly learned more in the past couple of months about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its extensive powers than in the previous 35 years of the court’s existence. But it shouldn’t have taken the renegade intelligence analyst Edward J. Snowden to let us in on a fact that, while hardly secret, had been little noticed: in establishing the court, Congress gave the authority to name its judges to one individual, the chief justice of the United States.


  • Posted: 08/08/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

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Unusual Law Clerk Hire for D.C. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown

Texas fights new voting supervision

Calif v. Idaho Turf War Over Judge Seat Still On

Judges attend lavish conferences on taxpayer dime amid budget cuts