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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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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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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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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  • 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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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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The myth of New Jersey’s ‘balanced’ court

    NJ.com: But Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said recently he would hold hearings for Christie’s next two nominees only “as long as one’s a Democrat” and “as long as the need for partisan balance is recognized and continued.” While “partisan balance” sounds like a noble aspiration, in practice this unwritten rule has more often than not served to entrench a 4-3 Democratic majority. Over the 65-year history of the modern Supreme Court, Republicans have held a sustained four-member majority only twice.


  • Posted: 08/07/2012
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Tipping the Scales: Roberts the Revolutionary?

Iowa Gov: Citizens have right to express views in Supreme Court Justice retention vote

Why Do Federal Judges Retire? More Income Is Top Answer

9th Circuit Conference Back On

Clint Bolick: The seismic non-issue in the presidential campaign: Supreme Court nominations

Senate GOP, Again, Blocks D.C. Circuit Nominee

Justice Department: California should not let illegal immigrant practice law

Charles Freid: “The June surprises: Balls, strikes, and the fog of war”

Senate Confirms Judge for Michigan District; Committee Okays Three Others

“Courts mull whether illegal immigrants can be licensed to practice law”

TN: Little-noticed order reverses ban against judges’ political donations

Young on the Roberts Court and federal preemption

Congress Relinquishes Its Power To Approve Some Presidential Appointments

Iowa GOP chairman calls for ouster of Supreme Court Justice Wiggins over marriage redefinition

Devine beats Medina in GOP race for Texas Supreme Court

National Journal’s Most Influential Women

GOP kills move to confirm Oklahoman to appeals court post

Nearly unanimous NJ legislature and governor: Voters to decide question of judicial benefits despite Supreme Court

    NJ.com: The bipartisan action was a swift and decisive smackdown of last week’s state Supreme Court decision saying a law requiring higher payments was unconstitutional for Superior Court judges and Supreme Court justices. Only three of the 93 Assembly and Senate members who came to Trenton on Monday voted no.


  • Posted: 07/31/2012
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Federal Court finds Obama appointees interfered with New Black Panther prosecution

More Law Schools Haggle on Scholarships

Florida AG Pam Bondi mentioned as being on Romney VP short list

Okla. Sen. Coburn considers voting against GOP to confirm Oklahoma nominee

Senate could vote on judicial nominee Monday

TX: Endorsements point to sharp differences in state Supreme Court hopefuls

N.J. lawmakers look to bypass court’s judge pension ruling in special session

NYT: A Poor Excuse to Block Judges

Judge In Zombie Muhammad Case Reprimanded: Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board confirms ‘private rebuke’

Filling the Eleventh Circuit vacancies

Republicans hit Justice Department on voter ID

Deal appoints 2 new judges to Ga. Court of Appeals

Middle position on Medicare appeals

U.S. Senate Confirms Shipp to District Court of NJ

Report: Judge in Illinois marriage case “is a lesbian”

Justice Department Investigates Pennsylvania Voter ID Law