Attorney General nominee supported partial-birth abortions

New & forthcoming books on the Supreme Court

Church property fight turns on Constitutional issues

California judicial ethics code changed to bar judges from membership in Boy Scouts

Should they stay or go: Justices and the State of the Union

Transgender individual challenges constitutionality of ADA exclusion

God in the details: NLRB modifies test for jurisdiction over religious education employers

A couple of items defending the constitutionality of conjugal marriage laws

State high court’s vote affecting Scout affiliation stirs debate anew

Federal appeals court slapped over lengthy ‘unpublished’ ruling

Protesters disrupt beginning of U.S. Supreme Court session

Has SCOTUS stacked the deck against same-sex marriage in how it has framed the question?

Scalia lands at top of sarcasm index for Justices. Shocking.

In Philadelphia, Alito reminisces about influential appeals judge

Supreme Court Justices get stuck in traffic, too

More on: Investigate the Ninth Circuit’s case assignments

Supreme Court seems troubled by job bias cases

This week at the Supreme Court

Supreme Court justices or mind readers? You be the judge

Your right to take a tiger selfie

    Bloomberg View: Is New York state’s ban on “tiger selfies” the goofiest law of the year? It might be absurd for the state to pass a law banning the taking of photographs with jungle cats, but there’s nothing in the U.S. Constitution that bans absurd laws. The practical question — at least if you’re a New York stud who wants a tiger selfie for your Tinder photo — is whether the law is constitutional. If it is, you might have to travel to New Jersey (gasp) for your close encounter of the feline kind.


  • Posted: 01/12/2015
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Reinhardt anomalies–3,350-to-1 odds

    National Review: I’ve presented evidence that arch-liberal Ninth Circuit judge Stephen Reinhardt has benefited from unusual case assignments by the Ninth Circuit clerk’s office. I’m now pleased to highlight a massive statistical analysis of Ninth Circuit case assignments that uncovers statistically significant anomalies that uniquely favorReinhardt. According to the study’s author, the odds that random chance would have generated Reinhardt’s pattern of case assignments are “about 3350 to 1”—yes, that’s three thousand, three hundred fifty to one—against.


  • Posted: 01/12/2015
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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High court won’t hear challenge to Vermont campaign law

Retiring Chief Justice Castille says he kept faith in fellow jurists

Court issues orders but does not grant any new cases

Conn. Supreme Court rules 17-year-old cancer patient must have chemo

Ohio Supreme Court chief justice to support pro bono work

Groups ask Supreme Court to hear Wisconsin voter ID case

Re: Investigate the Ninth Circuit’s case assignments

Draw back the curtain? No cameras may penetrate the Supreme Court for quite a while

Connecticut Supreme Court to hear case of teen forced to undergo chemo

Huge constitutional cases await Supreme Court in 2015

Petitions to watch; Conference of January 9

Gov. Herbert nominates 3rd District Judge Deno Himonas to Utah Supreme Court

O Little Town of Litigation: A holiday lawsuit roundup

‘The Relist Watch before Christmas’

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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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: eppc.org

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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