Louisiana governor appeals ruling on black supreme court justice

A Tight Election May Be Tangled in Legal Battles

Georgetown Law: Supreme Court Term Preview Reports

Justice Kagan Speaks at U. of Mich. Law School

    Michigan Law School: Still, she said, “There are certain substantive matters that we divide on because we approach Constitutional decision-making in a different sort of way, because we bring different methodologies to the table, because we have different views about governing precedents and how broad or narrow those precedents are.” The Court, she added, would be better off “if we had fewer of these 5-4 cases. … I would like to have a Court where there’s more unpredictability of decision-making.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2012
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The Legitimacy Crisis in Federal Law Clerk Hiring

Florida judges objecting to some new court rules

    Bradenton.com: The Florida Supreme Court listened but also responded Wednesday as three lower court judges and a high-profile lawyer criticized new rules for the state courts, including term limits for chief judges and new limits on what judges are permitted to say. The high court set off a firestorm in February by adopting rules limiting judges’ comments to lawmakers and others about the court system and setting eight-year term limits for chief circuit and district court of appeal judges.


  • Posted: 09/05/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.bradenton.com

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2 N.J. appellate judges reassigned to state Supreme Court to cover shortage

US Supreme Court Justice Scalia visiting Vegas

Federal Court dictates who will be next LA Chief Justice despite state objections

Public outrage may trump judicial independence in referendum on judges’ salaries

    NJ.com: New Jersey will be the stage for what’s likely to be a brutal campaign this fall, but it won’t have anything to do with the presidential election. For the first time in the state’s modern history, the New Jersey Supreme Court — an institution meant to be isolated from politics — will be subjected to a popular referendum reeking of politics.


  • Posted: 09/04/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: blog.nj.com

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Ed Whelan: “Richard A. Posner’s Badly Confused Attack on Scalia/Garner”

DOJ Goes After Public Library for Lending E-Books That Are ‘Inaccessible’ to the Blind

Delaware Secret Court Arbitration Unconstitutional

Over BBQ and Beer, GOP Lawyers in Tampa Warn of ‘Stolen’ Election

Richard A. Posner: “The Incoherence of Antonin Scalia”

Abortion and the Courts: Judicial Nominations Are Imperfect but Matter

The Triumph of the Text

Pawlenty’s Judges

Law School Tuition increases vastly exceed inflation again – biggest factor gov’t loans

    The National Law Journal: Average tuition and fees at private law schools will increase approximately 4 percent over last year to $40,585, according to an examination of published rates by The National Law Journal . . . The single biggest factor in the ability of law schools to raise their prices is the availability of government loans, Organ said. As long as students can easily borrow the full cost of their tuition, schools will face less pressure to contain their costs. This year’s tuition increases “tell you the extent to which federal loan money makes students less price sensitive and gives pricing power to law schools,” he said. “I think the current system is pretty fragile. It’s completely dependent on the federal government making loans available.”


  • Posted: 08/29/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Making the case that the filibuster is unconstitutional

    Washington Post: On Monday, public-interest group Common Cause filed a legal brief in a U.S. District Court trying to persuade the court that the filibuster’s 60-vote threshold in the Senate violates the Constitution. “Our filing today demonstrates how far the Senate, now effectively dominated by a minority, has strayed from the intent of America’s founders as expressed in our Constitution,” Common Cause president Bob Edgar said in a statement.


  • Posted: 08/28/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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Atheists tout legal fees in threats against football coach who talks about Jesus

Do Law Schools Consider Applicants “Holistically”?

    Volokh Conspiracy: Prof. Mike Dorf has a post at Dorf on Law describing the brief he coauthored on behalf of the Association of American Law School in Fisher v. University of Texas. The gist of the brief is that if the Supreme Court reasons that Texas may not engage in affirmative action preferences because its race-neutral ten-percent plan already created a “diverse” class, this could mean that all institutions of higher education, including law schools, that seek racial and ethnic diversity would need to replace their current admissions policies with a rote, percentage-based admissions system to comply with the Constitution and federal law.


  • Posted: 08/27/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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Olson, Boies argue SCOTUS should not hear Prop. 8 Case

SCOTUS for law students (sponsored by Bloomberg Law): Summer at the Court

    SCOTUS Blog: Then over the next days and weeks, the Justices head off for summer travel – teaching, vacationing, writing, lecturing, and attending bar association meetings and conferences of the federal appeals courts. But ask Supreme Court law clerks how they spent their summer vacation, and the answer is easy: reading petitions for certiorari by the hundreds.


  • Posted: 08/27/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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A Nation Adrift From the Rule of Law

Cal. Supreme Court Vacates 110 Year Sentence for Juvenile Offender

Kansas Supreme Court to stream arguments online

Mobile lawyers drop write-in bids for Alabama Supreme Court chief justice

ABA Decides We Need a Rule to Stop Law Schools Lying About Jobs

Most Americans Can’t Name a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Survey Says

Iowa judge has not organized retention campaign

Fate of Pennsylvania’s voter ID law rests in the hands of 6 state Supreme Court justices

Another Iowa ‘Gay Marriage’ Supreme Court Justice to Face Voters

Calls for corruption probe in Kansas Planned Parenthood criminal dismissals

“Documents from KS judge show Planned Parenthood charges fraudulently dropped”

Lawyer Ordered To Pay $4.5m To “Gay” U. of Michigan Student

MN: Disciplinary Office Seeks Suspension of Lawyer For Anti-Catholic Statements In Court Filings

In Defense of Judicial Retention Elections

    his weekend the New York Times weighed in to defend Justice Wiggins. According to the Times, Republicans are “stoking intolerance and further politicizing a retention election meant to weed out incompetent or corrupt judges.” The paper’s editors apparently forgot to read the Iowa Constitution, which does not guarantee a right to gay marriage. On the other hand, the accountability mechanism that the Times deplores, the retention election, appears explicitly in the text of Article V, Section 17 . . .


  • Posted: 08/17/2012
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  • Category: Featured

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ABA embraces Southern Poverty Law Center, issues award despite hate rhetoric

In Iowa, a Big To-Do over “I Do”: The Iowa Supreme Court Justice Retention Vote

“American Laws for American Courts” and Civil Jury Trials

Justice Kennedy says Senate confirmation for federal judges too political

Three D.C. Senior Judges Up for Review

Aging Justices Give New Life To High Court As Campaign Issue

Cal. AG urges SCOTUS to allow race consideration in academic admissions

“The Conservative Takeover of State Judiciaries” | Center for American Progress

Washington: Sanders, McCloud advance in Supreme Court race

Alabama: Democrats may oust chief justice candidate for homosexual comments

Jindal to Federal Court: State Supreme Court Chief Justice dispute is not a Federal matter

    NOLA.com: But in a court pleading Monday, Jindal’s executive counsel, Elizabeth Baker Murrill, joined four attorneys from the New Orleans firm of Christovich & Kearney, who had been assigned by the state to represent members of the Supreme Court aside from Johnson, and made it plain that the governor believes it is a an issue for the state, and not federal court to decide.


  • Posted: 08/14/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nola.com

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Ohio justice race no easy win for GOP: Democrats’ have incumbency advantage

“Judges for Sale” | Jeffrey Toobin at the New Yorker

“Senate should not invoke ‘Thurmond Rule’ to block Kayatta nomination”

    Carl Tobias at The Hill: In June, the Senate GOP leadership proclaimed that it would invoke the “Thurmond Rule” and oppose appointment of each appeals court nominee recommended by President Barack Obama until after the November election. This decision threatens the confirmation of William Kayatta, the excellent, noncontroversial nominee whom Obama selected after First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez took senior status in late 2011.


  • Posted: 08/14/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: thehill.com

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In Defense of Meaningful Retention Elections

    Carrie Severino at National Review: Iowa’s supreme-court judges are initially selected by an unaccountable lawyer-dominated commission, via the system known as the Missouri Plan. As in other states, that method of selection has tilted Iowa’s judicial branch to the left on a range of issues, including gay marriage. And just as the people of Iowa demand more accountability, Justice Wiggins and his allies at the Times make the case for less.


  • Posted: 08/13/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Ex-Judges, Prosecutors Join Fight Over DOJ Prosecutorial Misconduct

Iowa Supreme Court’s Wiggins must go, too, foes say

Pro-Life Justice Fighting Off Liberal Attacks to Regain Seat on Washington Supreme Court

The American Bar Association and Politicization of the Nomination Process

Alaskan Governor Names Maassen to Supreme Court

Justice Scalia Writes How-to Read Guide for Interpreting the Law

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Speaks On Health Care Decision

Graham (Hearts) the ABA, says he is not worried about judicial activism

Judge dismisses lawsuit trying to throw 3 Florida Supreme Court justices off ballot

New Study Obama Altered the Balance in Federal Circuit Courts

Despite GOP protests, 9th Circuit to go through with costly Hawaii conference

Scholarly Impact and Catholic Legal Education

Senate GOP Ends D.C. Circuit Nominee’s Bid a Second Time

Washington high court justices Owens, Gonzalez retain seats

American Bar Association Condemns Religious Profiling

Two tapped for NM Supreme Court vacancy

Tough Choices For Law Schools Amid Jobs Crisis

    AP: The University of Virginia, a top-ranked law school, hired 17 percent of its 377 graduates in 2011. The school has a 95 percent rate of fulltime employment in positions requiring bar admission. Subtract those graduates whose salaries are being paid by their alma mater, and it drops to 78 percent. “It’s a Ponzi scheme, in almost a literal sense,” said Paul Campos, who teaches at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. “You’re taking money from current students and paying it to unemployed graduates.”


  • Posted: 08/07/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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Federal judge rules State Supreme Court can’t intervene in Louisiana Chief Justice dispute

    NOLA.com: Federal District Court Judge Susie Morgan ruled Monday that the state Supreme Court, per se, cannot intervene in a case being brought by Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson and the original plaintiffs in the Chisum voting rights lawsuit. Johnson and the Chisum plaintiffs are attempting to keep the Supreme Court from pursuing a process to determine whether Johnson is entitled to be the court’s next chief justice, a matter they feel is already settled in Johnson’s favor.


  • Posted: 08/07/2012
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