Category Archives: Bench & Bar

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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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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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

Judicial showdown in Kansas

ABA Finally States The Problem: Now, Will They Do Anything About It?

Senate and White House Move On Nominations

Moritz nominated to 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Hiring Supreme Court Clerks: The $500,000 Gamble

Obama Nominates two to 9th Circuit, including Equality Cal. lawyer

Obama taps more fundraisers for ambassadorships

DC Circuit Nominee Patricia Millet advances on party line vote

Senate Confirms New Federal Circuit Judge

Obama’s Creeping Authoritarianism | Daniel Henninger at WSJ

Coburn to block OPM nominee over ObamaCare concerns

House Judiciary chairman calls Holder’s testimony ‘deceptive and misleading’

Senate Ready To Approve Obama’s Nominee For UN

New Supreme Court Doctrine? Gov’t officials free to ignore laws they don’t like