“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

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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