Scalia says abortion, sodomy cases are easy

Federal Judges win cost of living increases despite Congress

ABA conference takes up global same sex “marriage”

You right to resell your own stuff is in peril: SCOTUS considers copyright law

The Obama Judicial Record

Bigger bucks come to Supreme Court clerks who wait

Blockading voter ID laws: Court culpability for election fraud?

Justice Scalia Speaks About “Reading Law” at D.C. FedSoc Event

    Federalist Society Blog: Today in Washington, D.C. Justice Scalia spoke about his new book Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts (co-authored by Bryan A. Garner) at an event co-sponsored by the Federalist Society and AEI. He began by emphasizing that “All of the great early justices were originalists and textualists.” He said it was unfortunate that that tradition is rare in legal education: “Text is not taught in law schools. . . . Canons [of interpretation] are picked up haphazardly.” In his view, it is unfortunate that first year courses focus on the Common Law even though most law has been codified.


  • Posted: 10/03/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.fedsocblog.com

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Republican Party Aims to Remake Florida Supreme Court

Lucky 36: What It Takes to Land a Supreme Court Clerkship

Health Care Case Is Seen as Helping Law but Hurting Court

At Supreme Court: Can US courts be venue for human rights cases from abroad?

“Poll: Nearly half of Iowans would retain same-sex marriage justice Wiggins”

5th Circuit gets new chief judge

Republican governor fills AZ court with Republicans

Big Cases For Supreme Court Term Starting Monday

SCOTUS won’t hear challenge to MN restrictions on judicial endorsments

SCOTUS Won’t Hear Challenge To Iowa Judicial Nominating Process

How the Supreme Court can retain legitimacy

    Carrie Severino at Politico: How can the Supreme Court remain subject to the will of the people when it overturns laws passed by the people’s elected representatives? The answer is actually simple — by overturning only unconstitutional laws. But behind this simple answer lies two fundamental assumptions. First, that the Constitution itself represents the will of the American people, indeed, in its highest form. And second, that Supreme Court Justices must faithfully apply the text and original understanding of the Constitution.


  • Posted: 10/01/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.politico.com

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Identity Politics Recruiting at Holder’s Justice Dept.

    PJ Media: Ever since PJ Media’s blockbuster Every Single One Series documented the radical partisan lawyers hired as career civil servants in the Obama DOJ, many have asked me how this is accomplished. One way is that only attorneys are hired who have resumes which have obvious ideological histories. The Every Single One series provided the public copies of these resumes. They are filled with cues that were used in the hiring process to exclude some and include others. But Eric Holder is also personally furthering the cause of ideological hiring. One way Holder is accomplishing this goal is by recruiting from within identity politics organizations.


  • Posted: 10/01/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: pjmedia.com

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As college student, Eric Holder participated in ‘armed’ takeover of former Columbia University ROTC office

    The Daily Caller: As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned . . . Holder was then among the leaders of the Student Afro-American Society (SAAS), which demanded that the former ROTC office be renamed the “Malcolm X Lounge.” . . .


  • Posted: 10/01/2012
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  • Category: Featured

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5th Circuit Chief Judge Edith Jones to relinquish “chief” title

Wisconsin’s judicial recall: Unions want liberal judges to overturn Scott Walker’s reforms

Is Making Junior Partner Worth The Trouble?

    Findlaw: The goal of most law firm associates is to make partner. But what about junior partner? Is that worth striving for too? Obviously in some ways junior partner is a worthy title if only because it’s the stepping stone to become a full or senior partner. For some, it may be a goal in itself.


  • Posted: 09/27/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: blogs.findlaw.com

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Kagan offers a view of a Justice’s working life (video) | Harvard Law

SCOTUS considers whether U.S. Court have jurisdiction over foreign human rights violations

“Notre Dame staff seek gay, lesbian protection”

Senators join suit over Obama’s constitutional powers

Conservatives warily ponder prospect of an ‘Obama court’

Retention vote, not activist rulings, are destroying our court system, former Iowa Justice says

Florida Supreme Court Justices cry foul in face of conservative ouster campaign

The 1L Summer Job Search (Unofficially) Starts Now

Justice Thomas Says Law School Rankings Lead to Discrimination

Rallies highlight Nov. 6 retention vote on Iowa Justice who voted to redefine marriage

CA: Two District Court Nominees Confirmed as Stalemate Continues Over Others

Justice Kagan describes inner workings of Supreme Court to University of Richmond audience

MT: Supreme Court candidates won’t accept endorsements from parties

Clarence Thomas: Ivy-Leaguers no better than UF law students

After Secret Meeting, Senate Committee Approves DOJ Nominee

NY unveils new pro bono requirement for lawyers

Justice to leave Texas Supreme Court for private firm at end of month

Protecting Property Rights from the Army Corps of Engineers at SCOTUS

Why It Matters: 1 New Justice Could Change A Lot

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Marriage Likely To Go Before Supreme Court This Term

“Same-sex marriage symposium: Justice Scalia’s constitutional case for gay marriage” | Dale Carpenter of U. of Minn. Law

    Dale Carpenter at SCOTUS Blog: The following contribution to our same-sex marriage symposium comes from Dale Carpenter, Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas: How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans. Constitutional law makes strange bedfellows. It can even unite supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage. Consider this: If Justice Scalia’s aggressive reading of Lawrence v. Texas (2003) is correct, could a Justice who refuses to overrule that decision reject a same-sex marriage claim?


  • Posted: 09/20/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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Report Shows Pay Gaps Widening Among Law Partners

    American Lawyer: According to a new survey conducted by legal search consultant Major, Lindsey & Africa and Am Law Daily affiliate ALM Legal Intelligence, partners at Am Law 200, NLJ 350, and American Lawyer Global 100 firms saw their annual compensation rise, on average, 6.4 percent to $681,000 over the past two years. The jump was apparently driven, at least in part, by an uptick in the average rate those partners are billing, from $555 per hour in 2010 to $585 today.


  • Posted: 09/19/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.americanlawyer.com

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Law Schools Suffer Deep Loss in Lawsuits

    Balkinization: Of the dozen-plus misrepresentation lawsuits filed against law schools by their former students, in recent months three have been dismissed (several have survived motions to dismiss and are in discovery). The core basis for the dismissal is the same in all three: prospective students cannot reasonably rely upon employment data posted by law schools . . . These three law schools, and others facing similar suits, undoubtedly count these decisions as victories. But I cannot shake the sense that they mark a deep wound to the standing of law schools.


  • Posted: 09/19/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: balkin.blogspot.com

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Scalia: Roe v. Wade an Example of Precedent That Can be Reversed

Paulsen and Koppelman Debate: Religious Liberty in the 2012 Election at St. John’s on Sept. 27

8th Cir: Contempt Charges Reinstated, But Penalty Purged, For Muslim Defendant Who Refused To Stand

Scalia: Judiciary suffers when private lawyers stay off the bench

    Reuters: If words alone must determine outcome, let’s take a look at what Scalia had to say when Adler asked a question posed by an audience member who wanted to hear the justice’s opinion on term limits for judges. Scalia called term limits “a solution without a problem,” arguing that, in his experience, William Douglas is the only justice who stayed on the Supreme Court too long. The question also led Scalia to muse, however, on how judicial salaries affect the composition of the federal judiciary. “The salaries of federal judges are so low that you’re not getting the best lawyers anyway,” Scalia said. “You’re (not) getting the, the best private lawyers. You may be getting good people, but they’re people who have been an assistant U.S. attorney, then they’re … you know, a minor state judge, then a bankruptcy judge, and then a magistrate judge. And, you know, they finally get appointed to a federal district court. A huge percentage of our federal judges now have never practiced law privately.”


  • Posted: 09/19/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com

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9th Cir. tosses ban on partisan endorsements in Montana judicial elections

The Evangelical Footprint | Mich. St. L. Rev. by Lisa Shaw Roy

R.I Gov. challenges federal power under the Detainer Act

State DOMAs: Barriers to the democratic process?

    SCOTUS Blog: The following contribution to our same-sex marriage symposium comes from Steve Sanders, who teaches Constitutional Litigation, Sexuality and the Law, and Family Law at the University of Michigan Law School . . . Support for marriage equality continues growing dramatically and now commands a majority in many polls . . . Such attitudinal change should portend political and legal change. It should mean that winning equality state by state, through simple legislative majorities, is getting easier. “Use the democratic process!” legal conservatives like to counsel. “Don’t go running to the courts!” But in most states, such change will not come as naturally as it should, due to barriers erected by opponents of equality. On same-sex marriage, we have an example of what constitutional theorist John Hart Ely called “stoppages in the democratic process.”


  • Posted: 09/18/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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Re: Judical Elections Campaign Spending: NYT vs. Empirical Evidence

Senate Republicans May Ask for Secret Meeting to Discuss DOJ Nominee

Wis. Governor vows to fight union ruling from ‘liberal activist’ judge

Alito says Supreme Court misunderstood by media

Former Solicitor General Ted Olson Plays Biden in Ryan Debate Prep

Prop. 8 Judge: ‘What Judges Do and Must Do Is … Move the Strike Zone’

10th Circuit upholds Kansas judicial selection

The New Going Rate for Supreme Court Clerk Bonuses

    Above the Law: Most SCOTUS clerks come in as third-year associates (at least), based on credit for their two (or more) clerkship years. Assuming a firm is on the standard Biglaw salary scale, that’s a base salary of $185,000. Add that to $280,000, and you’re looking at $465,000. Toss in another $15,000 — the year-end bonus for a third-year associate, according to the 2011 Cravath scale — and you’re looking at total cash comp of $480,000. Very nice.


  • Posted: 09/13/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: abovethelaw.com

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US Chamber of Commerce: 2012 State Liability Systems Survey Lawsuit Climate Ranking the States

New poll/coalition emerge in effort to save embattled Iowa Justice who voted to redefine marriage

Thomas: Americans still arguing over gov’t limits

Sebelius’s political comments at Charlotte event violated Hatch Act

Leahy Scraps with Jones Day Lawyer Over Citizens United