DOJ says Issa playing ‘political games’ with contempt threat; Boehner says produce the information

Michael McConnell: Citizens United and the Wisconsin Vote

The Process of Drafting Supreme Court Opinions and Interesting Stats

Dissents undermine the highest court

    Joseph P. Nadeau at Boston Globe: When the court announces its much anticipated decision on national health care, expected in the next few weeks, there is the real prospect of another 5-4 decision, which means, once again, a case where dissenting justices are likely to write scathing separate opinions. Perhaps it would be more constructive for the court to decide cases by majority vote and issue a single opinion in the name of the court without publishing the votes or opinions of individual justices.


  • Posted: 06/11/2012
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How Paul Clement Wishes He Could Prepare for Argument

Senate Defeats Filibuster Against Pro-Abortion Obama Judge

Senate Gears up for Fight Over Pro-Abortion Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominee

Florida AG won’t rule out suing feds over stonewalling noncitizen voter hunt

NC Supreme Court candidate speaks at local forum

A Record 1/3 of Law Grads’ Jobs Don’t Require Bar Passage

Law Prof: Economics of Legal Education Are Broken Because of Exacting Standards, Loan System

The 18-Year Bench: Linda Greenhouse calls for Supreme Court term limits.

    Linda Greenhouse at Slate: When I first heard academic chatter about doing away with life tenure for federal judges, I thought it was a bad, if not crazy, idea that threatened the Framers’ plan to guarantee judicial independence. But more recently, against my instincts, I have found myself drawn to the notion


  • Posted: 06/08/2012
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Tony Mauro: Why top court is a key 2012 issue

LifeSiteNews: “Anatomy of a lie: Kansas court’s scheme to eliminate Planned Parenthood prosecutor revealed”

Supreme Court Justices: Addicted to Google

Fla. Gov. Scott requests review of 3 justices’ actions

Governor nominates Pollack to Hawaii Supreme Court

Dahlia Lithwick: “What’s the Best Road to Equal Marriage Rights?”

NY Times: North Carolina, Meet Citizens United

Bill Clinton reveals for the first time that former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo rejected Supreme Court nomination

Ilya Shapiro: Why Obama Strikes Out In Court

Justice Breyer opens up on Supreme Court life in 21st century

    AFP: “George Washington knew about commerce between the states, he did not know about the Internet,” Breyer told AFP in an exclusive interview, as he looked back on his 18 years serving as one of nine judges on the nation’s top bench. “But we have to apply the values that underlie free speech to a world with the Internet, to a world with television.


  • Posted: 06/06/2012
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About “The Most-Cited Law Review Articles of All Time”

    Volokh Conspiracy: The Michigan Law Review has just published an article by myself and Michelle Pearse updating my 1985 study of “The Most-Cited Law Review Articles” (73 California Law Review 1540) . . . The highlights of the Michigan Law Review article are tables of the 100 most-cited legal articles of all time and the 100 most-cited articles of the last twenty years (actually the top 5 most-cited articles published each of the years from 1990 to 2009) . . .


  • Posted: 06/05/2012
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8th Circuit: Trial Court Must Consider RFRA Challenges To Contempt Citations

Study: SCOTUS Justices have lived cloistered lives in elite schools

Illinois AG Supports Suits Challenging Marriage Definition

Ed Whelan: First Circuit vs. Judge Reinhardt

Judges Should Write Their Own Opinions

    William Domnarski at NY Times: But in truth, much of importance is lost when judges outsource the writing of their opinions to their less experienced assistants. Judge-written opinions require greater intellectual rigor, exhibit more personal style and lend themselves to more honest and transparent conclusions.


  • Posted: 06/01/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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N.J. Senate Panel Rejects Christie Supreme Court Nominee Harris

Clarence Thomas reconciles with Yale after bitter years

Holder to black leaders: ‘Sacred’ right to vote under attack

Harold Berman’s Revolution in Western Legal Thought, Part I

Thacker sworn in as federal appeals judge

Vote on Oklahoma judicial nominees delayed by GOP

Winston and Crandall: The Law Firm Business Model Is Dying

Georgia: Carley sworn in as chief justice

CalPERS Must Offer Long-Term Care to Same-Sex Couples, Judge Rules | CaliforniaHealthLine.org

ADF Lawyer: Animus based DOMA ruling is “unbelievable”

    MinnPost (“Gay marriage: Judge overturns DOMA, stepping up pressure on Supreme Court”): She also cited a 1996 US Supreme Court decision on a Colorado anti-gay initiative that found gays and lesbians are protected from “burdensome legislation that is the product of sheer antigay animus and devoid of any legitimate governmental purpose.” That argument is outrageous, says Dale Schowengerdt, legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, which supports DOMA. “To say that a law that was passed by overwhelmingly by Congress … to say that that’s the product of animus is — I don’t know how to say it — it’s unbelievable,” he says. “It’s just unbelievable that a judge would be making that sort of value judgment against the entire government, the Congress, and President Bill Clinton.” “Every civilization throughout history has found that marriage involves a man and a woman, and we’re confident that once the Supreme Court has this case, they will find there’s no animus and that the opposite sex was granted in a rational basis,” he says.


  • Posted: 05/29/2012
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“CalPERS offering domestic partner benefits to gay couples” | Live Insurance News

CA Federal Judge overturns Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

Ruling: Calif. pension fund must offer long-term care coverage to same-sex couples

Pro-lifers angered by GOP support for pro-abortion 9th Circuit nominee

NJ: High court pick has ‘his work cut out for him’

Occupy the Docket: How the Supreme Court Selects the 1%

Is Justice Ginsburg Risking the Future of the Supreme Court?

The public trial of Justice Roberts

Duke: Launching the Master of Laws in Judicial Studies

Gov. Christie’s N.J. Supreme Court nominee will not clear Senate Judiciary Committee, sources say

Obama Health Care Hangs On Clause Queried By U.S. Court

Harvard Law succeeds in taking down anti-Holder Fast and Furious protest website

Five KS Supreme Court justices recuse, won’t sit in judgment of Kline

Virginia Senate hopefuls differ on judges who engage in homosexual behavior

GOP Senators Compare Planned Ninth Circuit Conference in Hawaii to ‘Vacation’

George F. Will: When the looter is the government

Clinton Era Roadless Rule Headed to the Supreme Court?

“Obama may stay clear of court fight over Prop. 8″ | San Francisco Chronicle

Legal Decay Follows Cultural Decay In Marriage: The Devolution of Law

Another NJ high court nominee faces skepticism, marriage at issue

Federal Circuit Will Hear Judges’ Back-Pay Challenge

Democrats Seek to Force Vote on Watford 9th Cir. Nomination – Monday

Justice Joan Orie Melvin to step away from state Supreme Court to fight charges

Crooks target Supreme Court Justice Breyer for second time in three months

White House nominates two to the M.D. Penn.

“George Allen: Sexual orientation shouldn’t factor in qualifying judges”

    InsideNova.com: Allen said he hadn’t heard all of the arguments for or against Thorne-Begland, but his inclination would be to overlook sexual orientation. “What I’d look at as far as judges is, I’d look at their qualifications. As far as judges are concerned, sexual orientation is not one of their criteria for being a judge,” Allen said during a campaign stop in Prince William County on Tuesday evening.


  • Posted: 05/17/2012
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Iowa: State costs for outside legal counsel highest in at least a decade

Ex-AG wants 2 Kan. justices recused in ethics case

Law Professor: Same-Sex Marriage Wins in Court May Lead to Public ‘Backlash’