ACLU of Indiana Challenges Marion County Judicial Election System

Circuit Split Watch: Former Federal Judge Seeks Restitution for Child Porn Victims

At D.C. Pro Bono Celebration, New York Judge Defends Bar Admission Rule

Iowa joins Texas in warning international observers of arrest

FBI investigating Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway

What Nov. 6 means for the Supreme Court | Erwin Chemerinsky at LA Times

Republicans target three Florida Supreme Court justices

Michigan’s Supreme Showdown: Unions try to depose conservative justices at the ballot box.

Irked at Loss in Commandeering Cases, John Paul Stevens Proposes Constitutional Change

Judges who redefine marriage will answer to the ‘We the People’ | Alan Sears at the Washington Times

Speaker: Supreme Court decisions push U.S. toward secularism | TribLive

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Pelander fights effort to oust him

TX: 3 seats up for grabs on state’s highest civil court

Groups battle over how to pick judges in Missouri

Federalist Papers Mark 225 Years Of Prominence

Christian Political Group Urges Votes Against Illinois Judge Because of Decision Against Catholic Charities

SCOTUS for law students: Handling stay applications

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Oklahoma Personhood Initiative Case

AZ: Group seeks election ouster of Supreme Court justice

AZ: Evangelical group plays key role in ballot propositions

Iowa: Judge Calls Mistrial On 1 Claim in Law Prof. Bias Trial

St. Thomas’ new dean recognizes the challenges

    National Law Journal: The University of St. Thomas School of Law has named Robert Vischer as its new dean, effective on January 1. Vischer, now associate dean for academic affairs, has taught at the Roman Catholic-affiliated law school since 2005. He replaces Thomas Mengler, who stepped down in May to assume the deanship at St. Mary’sUniversity School of Law. Professor Neil Hamilton has been serving as interim dean.


  • Posted: 10/26/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia warns against ‘living’ Constitution

Texas AG Tells International Election Monitors to Butt Out

Judicial elections threaten justice

If courts overstep, citizens must act: Are we supposed to do nothing when judges rewrite the law?

5th Circuit upholds Federal ban on handgun sales to people under 21

“2 Men Acquitted Under New Us Gay Hate Crime Law”

Jurors Deliberate For 3rd Day In Law School Trial

Justice Ginsburg Backtracks From Racist Abortion Comments

Scholarship highlight: How the Justices move the law | Richard Hasen at SCOTUS Blog

    Richard Hasen at SCOTUS Blog: I leave to others the question whether the Roberts Court empirically engages in more (stealth) overruling than earlier groups of Supreme Court Justices did and, even if it does so, whether a higher overruling rate is grounds for condemnation. Instead, the more modest aim of my Essay in the Emory Law Journal is to catalog additional tools that Supreme Court Justices can use beyond
    express and stealth overruling to move the law. I also explain why Justices might choose to use one, rather than another, of these tools to move the law.


  • Posted: 10/24/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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Why It Matters: 1 New Justice Could Change A Lot

Judgepedia: State by State coverage of judicial elections

    The writers and researchers of Judgepedia.org have dedicated the most recent edition of the weekly JP Election Brief to coverage of the 31 state Supreme Court races that will be decided in November. States included in the report are Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota,Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas,Washington and West Virginia. Also covered are the judicial retention elections in Florida and Iowa – two races that, despite being retention elections, are of particular import.


  • Posted: 10/18/2012
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Next president could decide Roe’s future | Florida Baptist Witness

“Iowa Court Official Accused Of Gay Marriage Fraud”

The Third Year of Law School and a Comment on Credentialing, Education, and Grades in Higher Education

Many Strict Election Laws Blocked Or Delayed

Yet Another Debate that Ignores Judicial Nominations

Law prof denied job because of pro-life, pro-family activism: lawsuit

Do Lawyers Have a 1st Amendment Right to Be Cross with Judges?

Newest Minn. Supreme Court justice set to take oath in historic addition to state’s high court

Brewer appoints Republican Timmer to Arizona Supreme Court

NC Supreme Court candidates struggle with each other, lack of voter interest

“Gay Marriage a Big Issue in Iowa Supreme Court Justice Vote”

Florida Supreme Court justice calls politics a threat to legal system

Supreme Court Notebook: Justices As Campaign Issue

Lambda Legal Supports Legislation to Ban Discrimination in Federal Jury Selection

    Lambda Legal: A diverse and representative jury is an essential component of a fair and impartial legal system. Unfortunately, many minority groups, including LGBT Americans, continue to face discrimination in the jury selection process. To address this injustice, Lambda Legal has endorsed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in federal jury service. A companion bill was also recently introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ).


  • Posted: 10/12/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.lambdalegal.org

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NE: Lawmaker Sues State Bar Over Lobbying

TN: Sumner Co. School system goes to mediation over teacher prayer, ACLU wants $284,321 for attorney’s fees

“Gay Rights May Get Its Brown v. Board of Education” | Harvard L. Prof. Michael J. Klarman at NYT

Federal judge prohibits MI citizenship check box on ballots

RI: FFRF looking for lawyer to challenge Woonsocket cross

Here’s Where the University of Texas Loses in Fisher | David Bernstein at the Volokh Conspiracy

Scotus Likely To Strike Racial Preferences In University Admissions | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

Federal judges approve SC voter ID law, delay implementation until 2013

GOP rallies, hopes to overcome two seat margin in the Iowa Senate

    Clinton Herald: Republicans hold a 59 to 40 edge in the Iowa House, while Democrats hold a 26 to 24 advantage in the Iowa Senate. If Republicans maintain their lead in the House, and take over the Iowa Senate, it would be the first time in 14 years that the GOP controlled the House, Senate and Governor’s seat in Iowa. “Win just two more Senate seats and the majority understands that the private sector creates jobs and grows the economy,” Reynolds said. Reynolds believed not only would the Iowa Senate be controlled by Republicans, but Iowa would send four Republicans to the U.S. House of Representatives.


  • Posted: 10/10/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: clintonherald.com

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High-profile vote for Iowa Supreme Court

    Washington Post: Judicial elections were once sedate, bottom-of-the-ballot affairs, frequently overlooked by voters focused on the bigger-name races. But there was nothing low-key about the message on a bus that toured Iowa recently, bearing the face of state Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins and a giant “NO.” Nor was there anything decorous about the contingent of lawyers that trailed with a smaller truck urging “Yes Iowa Judges.”


  • Posted: 10/10/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Iowa Bar support questioned in face of Justice Wiggins’ retention rating, the lowest in 50 years

Supreme Court justices challenge Texas university race policy

NH high court: New voter registration law on hold

Ohio to SCOTUS: Please decide whether Federal courts or state legislature set election laws

Ninth Circuit Treats Supreme Court Individual Mandate Necessary and Proper Clause Ruling as a Binding Precedent

    Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy: When NFIB came down, some commentators argued that Chief Justice Roberts’ conclusion that the mandate was not authorized by the Commerce Clause and Necessary and Proper Clause was mere dictum, and therefore not binding precedent for the lower courts. I criticized that view here. It’s worth noting that the Ninth Circuit just treated the Roberts’ Necessary and Proper reasoning from NFIB as if it were binding. In upholding the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act sex offfender registration requirement, they relied heavily on NFIB’s interpretation of the Necessary and Proper Clause . . .


  • Posted: 10/09/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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“Vote on Iowa justice seen as test for gay marriage”

Kansas officials under investigation for misconduct in Planned Parenthood prosecution

Symposium Revisits Landmark Student-Speech Cases

Florida Supreme Court judges fight for their jobs

    Reuters: Facing unprecedented political opposition, three Florida Supreme Court justices are fighting back against Republicans and conservative activists seeking to change the balance in the state’s highest court by getting voters to fire them. Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente, and Peggy Quince face what is called a “merit retention” vote in November.


  • Posted: 10/08/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com

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Crucial Marriage Cases Coming Up For High Court Consideration | Alan E. Sears

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