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

Ottawa County Patriots hosts judicial forum Tuesday

David J. Hacker: Alliance Defending Freedom Clients Honored for Their Activism

District Court Dismisses Lawsuit Brought By Former Students Against Cooley Law for Misleading Job Stats

Scalia Offers Up 57 Varieties for Interpreting Legal Texts

Election of Supreme importance to Court’s future

Christie’s likely choice for high court has a way with Democrats and Republicans alike

NPR: Obama’s Judicial Nominees Face Slowed Confirmation Process

Law schools reduce classes as applications drop in wake of fewer legal jobs

Paul Clement, prolific in high court arguments, reviews latest term

For Cruz, Supreme Court Work at Heart of Campaign

Political notebook: Judges retreat from lawsuit over judge selection

MN: Lawyer group backs marriage amendment

Oklahoma legal leaders urge Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe to seek vote on state’s judicial nominee

Calif. AG endorses illegal immigrant’s bid for law license

Starting salaries continue to slide as big firm opportunities dry up

Rule of law provides equal protection: Trouble mounts when government breaks its own edicts

    Andrew P. Napolitano at the Washington Times: We live in perilous times. The president acts above the rule of law and fights his own wars. Congress acts below the rule of law by letting the president do whatever he can get away with. And this summer, the Supreme Court rewrote the rule of law. What do we do about it?


  • Posted: 07/19/2012
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  • Source: www.washingtontimes.com

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Scalia says no ‘falling out’ with Roberts

Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2012: Applying Leiter Scores to Rank the Top Third

As Partisan Rancor Persists, Senate Votes to Confirm New Jersey Judicial Nominee

Christie set to nominate former federal, state prosecutor to N.J. Supreme Court

Thomson Reuters Lines Up Against Minnesota Marriage Amendment

9th Circuit Cancels 2013 Judges’ Conference

Iowa Supreme Court character after upheaval coming into focus

    Quad City Times: Bob Vander Plaats, who led the campaign to oust the three judges in 2010, said the unanimity of the court doesn’t bother him . . . He added that the organization hasn’t yet decided if the organization is going to mount a campaign against Wiggins, who is up for retention in November. “We don’t get all hung up on who is a liberal judge and who is a conservative judge,” Vander Plaats said. “We want judges who follow the Constitution.”


  • Posted: 07/16/2012
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  • Source: qctimes.com

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Republicans Turn Against John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court

Lawyers’ Committee Supports Louisiana Judge’s Claim to Become Chief Justice

ABA: Law schools getting the message on practical skills

5th Circuit reinstates stiff sanctions against lawyer in porn copyright troll suit

Is Hiring New Grads In House the Wave of the Future?

    Findlaw: Law firms have long been the training ground for new attorneys while in-house positions are generally for associates with several years of experience. The rationale is that new graduates don’t have the practical skills to dive into legal practice. In-house counsel don’t have time to provide training on both how to be corporate counsel AND how to practice corporate law. But that problem might be solved as more law schools focus on practical coursework.


  • Posted: 07/12/2012
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  • Source: blogs.findlaw.com

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Ed. Law Challenges Loom After Health-Care Ruling

Alliance Defense Fund Changes Name to Alliance Defending Freedom | Christian Post

Yale launches Ph.D. in Law to train aspiring professors

ill the Health Care Cases Cause Liberals and Conservatives to Switch Positions on the Role of the Supreme Court?

    Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy: There are two basic positions in the American legal tradition about the power of courts to strike down legislative acts. The first position envisions the power of judicial review as an unambiguously positive thing. It is a Constitution we are interpreting, and we should strive to get it right. If that means that statutes must be struck down, then good: It means that the wayward legislature has strayed from fundamental law, and we are lucky that the wise judges can keep the other branches in check. The ideal judge should try to get it right, based on whatever understanding they have of what the Constitution truly means.


  • Posted: 07/11/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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Judge Posner and Political Polarization

    Voteview Blog: In a recent interview with NPR, Judge Richard Posner said that changes in the contemporary Republican Party has made him “less conservative.” Below, we use DW-NOMINATE Common Space scores to plot Judge Posner’s ideological location compared to the parties in Congress over the last forty years (the 92nd, 102nd, and current 112th Congresses). This is possible thanks to the work of Lee Epstein, Andrew D. Martin, Jeffrey A. Segal and Chad Westerland, who have developed Judicial Common Space scores (JCS): estimates of the positions of justices and judges along the liberal-conservative ideological dimension which are directly comparable to DW-NOMINATE Common Space scores for members of Congress and presidents.


  • Posted: 07/10/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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Chief Justice Roberts and the Changing Conservative Legal Movement

Clint Bolick: The Supreme Court Stakes in 2012

Rasmussen: Only 7% Support Legal Reasoning That Led to Greater Government Regulation

“Gay marriage and Baker v. Nelson”

Gov. Christie says he plans to submit new Supreme Court nominee this month

Suit filed over naming La. chief justice

11th Circuit upholds Spalding Co., Ga. restrictions on nudity and alcohol licensing

Miss. abortion case heard by GOP-appointed judge

Ronald Dworkin: Why Did Roberts Change His Mind?

    Ronald Dworking at NY Review of Books: Recent polls have shown that the American public has become increasingly convinced, by the drum-roll of 5-4 decisions reflecting a consistent ideological split, that the Supreme Court is not really a court of law but just another political institution to be accorded no more respect than other such institutions. Roberts, as Chief Justice, must feel threatened by this phenomenon; the Chief Justice is meant to be a judicial statesman as well as a judge, and it is part of his responsibility to maintain public respect for the Court for being above politics. Perhaps he thought it wise, all things considered, to take the occasion of an extraordinarily publicized case to strike a posture of judicial reticence by deciding contrary to his own evident political convictions.


  • Posted: 07/09/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nybooks.com

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Formal complaint seeks disbarment of Eric Holder in DC

U.S. News Ranks Law School Debt, Everyone Cries

Alliance Defending Freedom: Alan Sears’s ADF Is The Antidote To The ACLU

Online symposium: The Bar Review version of NFIB v. Sebelius

The “narrative” of judicial intrigue

    Lyle Denniston at the SCOTUS Blog: Ordinarily, this blog does not deal in ”scoop” journalism, although we have been known to be first on some things. We focus more on what the Court does than on whether the Justices have good manners or like each other, or on what they do in their free time. Now and then, though, someone else’s “scoop” comes along, and seems to come from inside the Court — giving it apparent credibility — and appears to have the potential to affect the way the Justices actually work together. This post is about such a story.


  • Posted: 07/03/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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Journalists Offer Behind-The-Scenes Look at Supreme Court Decisions

AG says GOP using him as ‘proxy’ to attack Obama

Texas AG: Presidents ‘Must Be More Committed’ to Constitution in Their Supreme Court Picks

    CNSNews: “My perception is when you have a Democrat president there are litmus tests in their mind that they will know for an absolute ironclad fact that that person is going to vote the way they want them to vote,” Abbott said. “You know that Barack Obama knows exactly how Justice Kagan is going to vote and he wouldn’t have put her up there if she wasn’t going to vote that way,” he said. “If you go back to some presidents of the past, you see, it seems like a similar commitment was not there.”


  • Posted: 07/03/2012
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  • Source: cnsnews.com

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Attorney recognized for work at Super Bowl

Casey at Twenty: Lessons from a Judicial Disaster

DOJ won’t prosecute Holder

Rasmussen: Approval Ratings for Supreme Court Slip Following Health Care Ruling

SCOTUS: Final October Term 2011 Stat Pack and Summary Memo

Rally for Religious Liberty Will Be Held Saturday at the Hawaii Capitol

White House: Sorry, Roberts, Obamacare mandate is a penalty – you don’t choose whether to pay taxes

Legal Periodical: Retirement and Death in Office of U.S. Supreme Court Justices

Roberts jokes about trip to ‘impregnable’ fortress