Category Archives: Bench & Bar

Durbin Asks High Court to Go Live with Opinions

Fisa court oversight: a look inside a secret and empty process

McConnell To Reid: If You Go Nuclear On Nominations, I’ll Go Nuclear On Everything When I’m Majority Leader

Supreme Court to resolve circuit split on timing of appeals

Law School Application Reductions, Last Minute Scholarships

Senate Dems Schedule Hearing For D.C. Circuit Nominee Patricia Millett

Pa. high court rejects changing mandatory retirement for judges

What Is a FISA Court?

Reading the Tea Leaves on the Supreme Court’s Outstanding Cases

Conservatives likely to write most remaining decisions in Supreme Court’s term

5th Circuit Judge: Accused of Speaking of the Primacy of Religion Above Law

ACLU: Obama Worse Than Bush On Civil Liberty Issues

A note about opinion distribution at the U.S. Supreme Court

    SCOTUS Blog: Trying to predict the author of any given Supreme Court opinion is often a fool’s errand. The pattern by which Justices are assigned opinions isn’t entirely fixed. And the original author can lose the majority to some other member of the Court. That said, across an entire Term, the Chief Justice — who does most of the opinion assignments, because he generally is in the majority — does attempt to distribute the workload evenly. If that pattern holds this Term as well, then one feature of the remaining cases is noteworthy.

  • Posted: 06/14/2013
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Rare formal review ordered for federal judge

Report: Campaign Contributions Influence State Courts

Corbett plans to pick Stevens for Pa. high court

Judge’s New Job Opens Seat on D.C. Federal Court

Federal Court: U.S. Supreme Court plaza ordered open to protests

Justice O’Connor’s Hypocritical Crusade Against Judicial Elections

Judicial Selection Reform: All Over The Map

Misconduct Charges Against 5th Circuit Judge Include Her Religious Justifications For Capital Punishment

Indiana Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Oral Arguments in Brewington

Former Supreme Court Justice Stevens predicts court will overturn Defense of Marriage Act

What Happened to Eric Holder?

Three questions for Clarence Thomas | CNN

Culture war creates perils for Supreme Court justices | Juan Williams at The Hill

SCOTUS Blog FAQs: Opinion announcement days

“Exhibit A for a Major Shift: Justices’ Gay Clerks” | NYT

A Disturbing Story About Judge Edith Jones | Gerard Bradley at NRO

    Gerard Bradley at NRO: They say that Jones said something like “Death penalties serve the condemned by forcing them to face God.” Well, of course they do — if there is indeed a God. I believe there is, and until I read this story, I thought Judge Jones had a “civil right” to believe there is, too. Most religions maintain that after death there is some sort of divine judgment. Surely Christianity maintains that it is so.

  • Posted: 06/07/2013
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Winners and Losers Of The Great Law School Application Reduction

Sotomayor Reports $1.9 Million in Income from Royalties

Abortion emerges as an issue in filibuster fight

“Former Mass. Chief Justice On Life, Liberty And Gay Marriage” | NPR

    NPR: I’m curious, when did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? 1791? 1868, when the 14th Amendment was adopted?” Scalia asked. “When did the law become this?” Marshall says for her, the answer was clear: “When the states started giving huge benefits and privileges to one section of the population.

  • Posted: 06/07/2013
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Ex-Profs: Phoenix Values Profits Over Students, Faculty

Scalia Dissents On Scotus Decision Upholding DNA Samples Of Arrested | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

Obama to name two female lawyers and an African American federal judge to U.S. appeals court in District of Columbia

Missouri Governor Vetoes Anti-Foreign Law Bill

Obama Nominates 3 To Appeals Court

Supreme Court rules police can take DNA upon arrest

Christie in hot seat on Lautenberg replacement

Judiciary chairman ‘very concerned’ about possible Holder perjury

Do Dept. of Labor rules prevent law students from working for free?

Sen. Collins, GOP colleagues trying to slow government | Portland Press Herald

The G.O.P.’s Court-Shrinking Plan

Putting the D.C. Circuit Vacancies in Context—Part 3 | Ed Whelan at NRO

House Judiciary panel questions Holder on reporter surveillance

Obama pivots focus to judicial nominees

Nominees could tip regs court

Senate Confirms Rising Star, Could Be Next Scotus Nominee

House Judiciary investigating whether Holder lied under oath

Senate Confirms Obama Nominee To Key Appeals Court

McConnell Rejects Reid’s Nuclear Option Threats

Activists seek to keep PA chief justice Castille from another 10-year term

Christie calls Justice Albin a ‘grandstander,’ chastises state Supreme Court

Reid to delay Senate votes on most Obama nominees until July

“Gay judicial nominee confirmed to Oregon federal court”

Reid Mulls Nuclear-Style Filibuster Reform For Nominations

America Waiting On Big Decisions From Scotus

Harvard Law Opens Applications to Juniors

    National Law Journal: Harvard Law School has announced a pilot program under which Harvard undergraduates may apply and gain acceptance during their junior year, provided they agree to work for two years in between graduation and beginning their legal studies. If the pilot program succeeds, the law school might expand eligibility to juniors at other universities, assistant dean and chief admissions officer Jessica Soban said.

  • Posted: 05/17/2013
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Congressman: Justice Dept. Wiretapped the House of Representative’s Cloak Room

Obama needs a fresh approach to naming judges

The Forty-Year Fight: Ginsburg laments the course of abortion and ‘Feminism’

Senate Committee Approves 3 Judicial Nominees

Headed to Law School? Lower Your Expectations

Holder recused himself from DoJ decision to seize AP records

RNC chairman demands Holder resign over DOJ seizure of phone records

Justice Department secretly obtained AP phone records

Justice Ginsburg: Roe v. Wade not ‘woman-centered’

G.O.P. Delays on Nominees Raise Tension | NYT

Justice Ginsburg: Roe v. Wade provided ‘target’ for abortion-rights opponents