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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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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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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  • Source: voteview.com

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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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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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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

Today’s SCOTUS Order List: Review denied “wardrobe malfunction” and five Obamacare cases

House could arrest Holder with inherent contempt power

Did Roberts Give In To Obama’s Bullying?

U.S. House votes to hold AG Holder in contempt

Black Lawmakers Plot ‘Walkout Strategy’ During Holder Contempt Vote

Fierce battle for marriage rages in Illinois

SCOTUS strikes down Stolen Valor Act regulating unauthorized military medals

    U.S. v. Alvarez, No.  11-210

    The Stolen Valor Act makes it a crime to falsely claim receipt of military decorations or medals and provides an enhanced penalty if the Congressional Medal of Honor is involved.  18 U. S. C. §§704 (b), (c).Respondent pleaded guilty to a charge of falsely claiming that he had received the Medal of Honor, but  reserved his right to appeal his claim that the Act is unconstitutional.  The Ninth Circuit reversed, finding the Act invalid under the First Amendment. Held: The judgment is affirmed.  Pp. 3−18. 617 F. 3d 1198, affirmed. JUSTICE KENNEDY, joined by THE CHIEF JUSTICE, JUSTICE GINSBURG, and JUSTICE  SOTOMAYOR,  concluded that the Act infringes upon speech protected by the First Amendment


  • Posted: 06/28/2012
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  • Category: Featured

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Florida Judge Lets Voter Purge Continue

Democrats Feel Pressure From Gun Lobby on Contempt Vote

Senate GOP cautious on contempt vote

Governor Deal Appoints Keith Blackwell to Georgia Supreme Court

GOP Senators fire back at the ABA’s partisan advocacy for Obama nominees

    Ed Whelan reports at Bench Memos: Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and ranking Senate Judiciary Committee member Chuch Grassley have sent a strong letter . . The ABA presents itself to the public as a non-partisan, professional organization. However, it has chosen to advocate for this Administration’s circuit court nominees in the few remaining months before this presidential election, when it chose not to do so before either of the last two presidential elections despite much more compelling circumstances. This sort of selective advocacy is precisely why so many people question the ABA’s professed neutrality.


  • Posted: 06/26/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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HHS rushes to spend billions ahead of Obamacare ruling

GOP Senator Blocking D.C. Superior Court Judicial Nominee

Speculation grows that Roberts will write majority opinion in health-care case

Some Democrats may follow NRA and support contempt

Issa challenges Obama executive privilege claim

Obama prepping thousands of lawyers for election

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi law firm opposes MN marriage amendment

Pruning the Judicial Branch: State Laws Target ‘Activist Judges’

Thirty-one GOP senators call for special counsel to investigate security leaks

ABA: Only 55 percent of law grads found full-time law jobs

Law Grads Face Brutal Job Market

“It’s a Buyer’s Market at Law School”

Homeland Security suspends immigration agreements with Arizona police

MN lawyers organize to support the marriage amendment

NY State Bar Association Urges Legislature to Support Establishment of Youth Courts

ABA Picks Sides on Judicial Nominations

Chief Justice Offers Hint at New Timing for Health Care Ruling

Fed Circuit Judges Attend Historic Intellectual Conference in China

Jordan Lorence: “Supreme Court Bingo: Which Justices Are Writing the Remaining Decisions?”

ABA Urges Senate to Vote on Appellate Judicial Nominees

“The Undemocratic Scramble Toward Same-Sex Marriage”

Boehner Accuses White House Of Cover-up