Category Archives: Bench & Bar

Will the filibuster deal moot Noel Canning?

Union lawyer, labor board counsel nominated to NLRB

The DOMA Decision and the Inscrutable Anthony Kennedy | Bruce Hausknecht at Public Discourse

Obama hands out plum ambassador posts to big campaign donors

Symposium: The challengingly uncategorizable Recess Appointments Clause

Majority Leader: Senate Deal Near On Nominations

Amid Falling Enrollment, Law Schools Are Cutting Faculty

Filibuster Fight Could Prompt Tougher Battles

44% Favor Ending Senate Filibuster, 38% Oppose

Democratic Leader Heads To Senate Rule Showdown

A Visual Guide to United States v. Windsor: Doctrinal Origins of Justice Kennedy’s Majority Opinion

Three Law School Admission Myths Debunked

Magistrate Judge Nominated for D.C. Superior Court Seat

Holder Fiscal 2011 Travel Cost Taxpayers More Than $1.45 Million

No JD? No Problem, Say 5 States (That You Might Not Know About)

Reid flirts with nuke option despite GOP shutdown threats

Nuclear fallout: GOP vows no legislation will pass the Senate

Federal Judge: Fisa Court Not A Rubber Stamp

Wayne State, ACLU start civil rights law clinic

Power Verbs

Above the Law | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

    Judge Andrew P. Napolitano: What’s going on? What we have is a runaway government, dismissive of the Constitution it has sworn to uphold, contemptuous of the law it is required to enforce and driven by its own values of maximum control and minimum personal freedom. And we have a Congress supine enough to let this happen, as well as a judiciary so tangled in its own arcane procedures that immeasurable human freedom will be destroyed and Obama out of office before any meaningful judicial review can be had. Is this the rule of law? What shall we do about it?


  • Posted: 07/11/2013
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  • Source: www.judgenap.com

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Senators try again on cameras in the Courtroom

Docs: Justice Department facilitated anti-Zimmerman protests

“Gay Rights Likely to Be ‘Major Part’ of Kennedy’s Legacy”

Senate Democrats set for decisive meeting on ‘nuclear option’

There’s No Justice When the Spied-On Have No Voice

U.S. Senate unanimously approves Wyoming Attorney General Greg Phillips to 10th Circuit

The Roberts Court and the First Amendment

Supreme Court advocates becoming D.C. Circuit judges (updated)

A Nuclear Summer? Filibuster Wars Return As Senate Considers Key Nominations

Heritage to Host Review of Supreme Court Term on July 11

More on How the FISC Justifies the Legality of Requiring Telephone Providers to Turn Over Entire Databases of Metadata

The FISA court is acting like a legislature, and that’s a problem

How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students | Orin Kerr at GWU via SSRN

Meet The Chief Justice Of America’s Secret Supreme Court

Senate Confirms Wyoming AG For Appeals Court Seat

Former Judge Admits Flaws In Secret Court

    AP: A former federal judge who served on a secret court overseeing the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs denied Tuesday that the judges act as “rubber stamps.” But James Robertson said the system is flawed because of its failure to allow legal adversaries to question the government’s actions.


  • Posted: 07/09/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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A Proposal To Reform FISA Court Decisionmaking

    Orin Kerr at Volokh ConspiracyYesterday’s New York Times story on the secret legal opinions of the FISA court prompts a natural question: How should the FISA court reach its decisions, and how do we know it is doing so correctly? That breaks down into two questions. First, what procedures should the FISA court use to reach legal conclusions? And second, when or how should those legal conclusions be made public? The latter has received much more attention than the former. Like a lot of people, I tend to think that it wouldn’t impact national security for the FISA court to release more information about its decisions, at least in those cases when the judges consider abstract legal issues..


  • Posted: 07/08/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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Chief Justice Roberts Is Awesome Power Behind FISA Court

    Bloomberg: Chief justice of the U.S. is a pretty big job. You lead the Supreme Court conferences where cases are discussed and voted on. You preside over oral arguments. When in the majority, you decide who writes the opinion. You get a cool robe that you can decorate with gold stripes. Oh, and one more thing: You have exclusive, unaccountable, lifetime power to shape the surveillance state.


  • Posted: 07/02/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.bloomberg.com

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“Is Gay Marriage The Product Of Judicial Activism?” | David Davenport at Forbes

Silly Attack on Judicial Selection in Kansas

High court subverts initiative process | U-T San Diego

Thinking Outside the Box of Judicial Supremacy

NOM Chairman: Imposing Same-Sex Marriage Is ‘Judicial Tyranny’ | Video

Supreme Court Names New Clerk

The Attorney General of the United States is “Delighted” That a Federal Law was Declared Unconstitutional

Chief Justice Roberts: Sequester cuts hitting federal judiciary ‘hard’

Public Approval of Supreme Court Falls to All-Time Low | Rasmussen Reports

    Rasmussen: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 28% believe the Supreme Court is doing a good or an excellent job. At the same time, 30% rate its performance as poor. That’s the highest-ever poor rating. It’s also the first time ever that the poor ratings have topped the positive assessments. Thirty-nine percent (39%) give the court middling reviews and rate its performance as fair.


  • Posted: 07/01/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.rasmussenreports.com

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Justice Anthony Kennedy’s contempt | Rich Lowry at Politico

Judge Correale Stevens to fill Pa. Supreme Court seat left vacant by Joan Orie Melvin

Procedural Wrangling Tries To Delay Same-Sex Marriages In California

Children, parents, families & tribes: SCOTUS and the troubling state of the nation | Richard Garnett at Mirror of Justice

ABA Proposal Alarms Law School Diversity Advocates

Vault Rankings Are Out: Which Firm Is The Most Prestigious In The Land?

    Above the Law: The new Vault list is substantially similar to the old Vault list; number one, once again, is Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz & Awesome. No drama at Wachtell, people are working too hard to generate much drama I guess. Cravath is in the second spot . . .


  • Posted: 06/25/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: abovethelaw.com

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Judicial Activism, Defined

Is Congress’s Power Under the “Necessary and Proper” Clause a General Police Power? | Ed Whelan at NRO

Senate Judiciary Chairman Vows ‘Immediate Action’ After Voting Rights Ruling

“Hagel, Obama Advisor Salute Gay, Lesbian Military Community” | U.S. Department of Defense

“First openly gay US Ambassador for Australia nominated”

“Eric Fanning, Out Gay Man, Takes Over As Acting Secretary Of The Air Force”

Thoughts on the Koontz Takings Clause Case

Large Firms in a Hiring Mood Again

Supreme Court Declines Appeal on IDEA Residential Placements

Were Obama recess appointments constitutional? Supreme Court takes case

High Court To Hear Obama Recess Appointments Case

Supreme Court makes it harder to sue businesses for discrimination

NALP: Law Grads’ Jobs Rate Falls for Fifth Straight Year

The judges who preside over America’s secret court

CNN Poll: Judging the Supreme Court

SCOTUS adopts revised Rules of the Court effective July 1, 2013

Washington-area Law School Deans Weigh in on Civil Rights

SCOTUS Blog FAQs: Opinion announcement days (UPDATED: June 20)

    SCOTUS Blog: We expect the Court to issue opinions tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. We will be live blogging beginning at around 9 a.m. (All times are Eastern.) We have put together a list of some of the commonly asked questions about opinion announcements that we have gotten during recent live blogs, along with our responses, but please let us know during the live blog if you have a question that you don’t see answered here.


  • Posted: 06/20/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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