God’s Defense Attorney

Is legal education a zombie?

Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges in ’14

A curious panel selection procedure

    Ethics and Public Policy Center: Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has long seemed to enjoy remarkable good fortune in getting assigned to sit on ideologically charged cases. Suspicions that his good fortune hasn’t been entirely due to luck were bolstered recently when the 9th Circuit revealed that its clerk’s office had had a longstanding but undisclosed practice of assigning expedited cases — which tend to be of special importance — to the calendar panel with the most senior presiding judge.


  • Posted: 12/16/2014
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Lawyers: interested in amicus help for your First Amendment cases (and related statutory cases)?

What the Justices say about the High Court bar

Chewing over the “power bar”: Biskupic discusses major study of the Supreme Court bar’s influence on certiorari

How elite lawyers influence the Supreme Court

California bar passage lowest in nearly a decade

Pro-life, pro-choice groups agree in pregnancy case

Congress again considers cameras in the courtroom – including at the Supreme Court

    SCOTUS Blog: At a hearing yesterday of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, IP and the Internet, there was strong bipartisan backing for the introduction of cameras at the Supreme Court and other federal courts. But even if the bill being discussed – H.R. 917, the Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2013 – makes it out of committee and becomes a law, don’t count on watching Supreme Court proceedings from the comfort of your own home anytime soon: although the bill authorizes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to allow the Court’s proceedings to be televised, it does not mandate cameras at the Court.


  • Posted: 12/04/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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Law schools still have a ways to fall

Defending the workplace baby bump

Is Fisher v. University of Texas a precedent on jurisdiction?

Justices weigh bias claim of pregnant UPS driver

A look at ‘Justice Scalia’ on the small screen

Argument preview: Pregnancy and workplace equality

    SCOTUS Blog: For nearly four decades, it has been a form of illegal discrimination in the workplace to treat women workers unequally, just because they become pregnant. But it still is not entirely clear just how much and what kind of equality that provision imposes on businesses. They clearly cannot treat pregnancy as a reason to fire a worker, or cut her pay, or to deny her health benefits. That is outright discrimination based on sex, under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, added in 1978 to Title VII of federal civil rights law.


  • Posted: 12/02/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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At House hearing, a new look at cameras in court

Supreme Court to determine workplace pregnancy protections for moms-to-be

Atticus Finch in a skirt

    First Things: Harper Lee, now age eighty-eight and long out of the public eye, is the legendarily mysterious author of the iconic 1961 novel of southern racial injustice, To Kill a Mockingbird. It inspired an equally beloved film with Gregory Peck as heroic small town lawyer Atticus Finch, who defends an innocent black man accused of raping a white woman.


  • Posted: 12/02/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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U.S. top court wrestles over online threats prosecution

The mystery of case assignment in the Ninth Circuit

Justice Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court bench after hospitalization

Elonis v. United States

Law school deans question sharp drop in bar exam scores

Supreme Court faces a new frontier: Threats on Facebook

Ginsburg ‘resting comfortably’ after heart procedure

Ginsburg gets heart stent to clear artery clog

Ginsburg has heart surgery

4th Circuit makes new law: Remands based on fraud can be undone

    Reuters: Do trial judges have to review their rulings in order to vacate them? You might assume so, but in an en banc decision Tuesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal judges can vacate remand orders that turn out to have been based on misrepresentations – despite the procedural rule prohibiting judges from reconsidering their orders to remand cases to state court.


  • Posted: 11/25/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: blogs.reuters.com

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Kentucky Supreme Court justice mulling run for governor

Gov. Brown names top Obama administration lawyer to California Supreme Court

Remembering Alice Lee: Alabama Supreme Court justice, former Circuit Court judge share thoughts on a ‘dynamo’

The Supreme Court won’t be getting another Sotomayor anytime soon

Lowe on American Legal History Since 1998

    Prawfs Blawg: I quite enjoyed Jessica Lowe’s article, Radicalism’s Legacy: American Legal History Since 1998. An economical 12 pages, it surveys developments in American legal history scholarship in the past decade and a half or so, framing it around the continuing influence of Robert Gordon’s famous piece Critical Legal Histories.


  • Posted: 11/18/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: prawfsblawg.blogs.com

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Key abortion lawsuit judge recuses himself

Certiorari practices when lower federal courts hold state laws unconstitutional

There is no such thing as objective judging

Judge Pamela Harris and the Fourth Circuit’s collaborative culture

Three questions about the legality of the Obama Administration’s anti-sexual assault on campus policies

Hijinks in the Ninth Circuit clerk’s office?

Sotomayor sees return to trial courts after retirement

Magna Carta 101 with Justice Scalia

Did an Obama appointed Supreme Court Justice put the nail in the coffin of Obamacare?

Judge to hear abortion law case was once Planned Parenthood’s lawyer

Should the Supreme Court get involved in church property disputes?

Memorandum from conservative leaders regarding the judicial filibuster

“Amendment banning ‘foreign law’ in Alabama courts passes”?

Supreme Court declines to hear challenge of Senate filibuster rules

Upcoming SCOTUS highlights, November 3-5, 2014

North Carolina judges continue to resign after orders to conduct same-sex marriages

Like Rehnquist before him, Roberts warns: Don’t look at the clock

North Carolina judges: Instead of stepping down for refusing to perform same-sex marriage, should stay on the bench

B.C. lawyers vote against Christian law school grads

Law school according to Kanye West

Five U.S. Supreme Court cases every Christian should be aware of

Why are lawyers so expensive? I’ll tell you why

‘Groundbreaking’ ruling for transsexual disabled vet

Judge dismisses lawsuits over IRS tax-exempt controversy

How sex difference makes a difference: A reply to Ilya Somin

Putting to rest a bad argument: Marriage law and sex discrimination

Judges gone wild: Judicial activism deactivates rights

Clement marks milestone of 75 Supreme Court arguments

Mass. strip club dances around town zoning restrictions

New York court to weigh legal rights of chimps

The profound injustice of Judge Posner on marriage

Supreme Court issues first order list of the term

Justice Ginsburg comments on abortion law stir recusal debate

Why is Justice Ginsburg speaking publicly on abortion policy?

Fool you once, Justice Ginsburg, shame on Planned Parenthood. Fool you twice…

Global law firms chart slow but steady growth

Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling likely to land in term’s finale

Justice Ginsburg’s twisted logic