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

Tonight: Justice Scalia to discuss new book via LiveStream on YouTube

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

Presidential election will shape Supreme Court for decades

Obama Ties Bush’s Record of Placing Women Judges

Judicial Conference of U.S. announces courthouse closings

Judical Elections Campaign Spending: NYT vs. Empirical Evidence

    Carrie Severino at National Review: Last Friday the West Virginia Supreme Court stopped Allan Loughry, a candidate for the West Virginia supreme court, from receiving additional public funding — funding that was triggered after the campaign expenditures of Mr. Loughrey’s opponent, Justice Robin Davis, crossed a certain threshold. The court found, in part, that because Mr. Laughrey’s additional public funding could neutralize Justice Davis’s campaign expenditures, the funds would violate Justice Davis’s political speech rights.


  • Posted: 09/11/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Sept. 25: Heritage Foundation Supreme Court Preview: 2012 Term

87% of Law Profs. Support Same-Sex Marriage, 54% Believe It Is Constitutionally Mandated

    Dale Carpenter at the Volokh Conspiracy: Eighty-seven percent of constitutional law professors back marriage for same-sex couples, and 7 out of 10 believe the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, but only a slight majority of 54% think the federal Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriages. That’s the result of a survey of 485 constitutional law professors that I conducted this summer with the help of my indefatigable and indispensable research assistant, Minnesota 2L Samuel Light. In this post, I want to highlight some of the main results from the survey.


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

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Arizona Supreme Court Says Tattoos Are Free Speech

AZ bar reciprocity rules challenged in Federal Court

    VerdeNews.com: But attorneys from non-reciprocity states have to take the full-blown, two-day Bar examination. That requires not only extensive preparation — particularly for those who have been out of school for some time — but also waiting to find out if there was a passing score. The lawyers who are suing are from California and Montana, both non-reciprocity states. Also suing is the National Association for the Advancement of Multijurisdictional Practice, based in California.


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

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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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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.umich.edu

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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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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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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