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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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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  • 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

Eric Holder’s greatest hits

    The Washington Post: Several news organizations are reporting that Attorney General Eric Holder will step down as soon as his replacement can be named and confirmed. Longtime VC readers may recall that we’ve not always been AG Holder’s biggest fans. Indeed, some of us were critical of Holder even before he was confirmed.


  • Posted: 09/25/2014
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Pro-abortion Attorney General Eric Holder to step down

Eric Holder to step down as Attorney General

    NPR: Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general, will resign his post after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.


  • Posted: 09/25/2014
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Famous Supreme Court plantiffs: a quiz

DOMA challengers can’t stick government with legal tab, court says

What to expect when the Supreme Court returns to work next week

BP pulls old college trick, fiddles with line spacing to beat court filing page limit

    Slate: Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled BP was not only negligent, but reckless in its operations that led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. On Monday, the very same judge issued another order to BP and its legal team—grow up.


  • Posted: 09/17/2014
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  • Source: www.slate.com

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Bob Cooper replaced as Tennessee Attorney General

Bonner elected to president of Wyoming State Bar

Building legacy, Obama reshapes appellate bench

Is Hobby Lobby a precedent on jurisdiction?

Not a joke: EU Court defines ‘parody’

Seeking facts, Justices settle for what briefs tell them

Elitist and populist versions of originalism

Indiana’s first female chief justice assumes office

Constitution check: Will there be more Obama appointees on the Supreme Court?

Rearranging the Clerk’s office

Obamacare: text and intention

    Public Discourse: In Robert Bolt’s great play, A Man for All Seasons, Thomas More’s daughter confronts him with the ominous news that Parliament has mandated an oath of allegiance to the king. This oath will probably include some reference to the king as head of the Church, which More knows he could not truthfully affirm. Seeking a way out, he asks about the wording of the oath. Daughter Margaret replies that the wording is irrelevant because “we know what it will mean.” More, ever the lawyer’s lawyer, replies: “It will mean what the words say.”


  • Posted: 08/13/2014
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Unity rules on Michigan’s Supreme Court

Is ‘Halbig v. Burwell’ en banc worthy?

Latest Obamacare legal knot won’t be easy to untangle

Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

Federal appeals court deals major blow to Obamacare

    Breitbart: President Obama’s un-Constitutional practice of lawlessly ignoring and rewriting laws to suit his left-wing political agenda has come back to bite his signature domestic achievement. Tuesday morning a federal appeals court dealt what USA Today describes as a “potentially major blow” to ObamaCare with a 2-1 ruling against the Obama administration’s end-run around Congress to disburse federal subsidies.


  • Posted: 07/22/2014
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Summary procedures in the Supreme Court compared to courts of appeals

Fourth Circuit grants attorney fees in Lefemine v. Wideman case