Ousted Iowa judges who legislated marriage redefinition to receive “Profile in Courage” awards

9-11 defendants ignore judge at Guantanamo hearing

Maryland, Virginia and the court that divides them

Vacant court benches draw strategy session

Pro Bono Work Now Required to Pass NY Bar

Hill Counsel Uses Perch to Try to Change ‘Hearts and Minds’ on Abortion

Misreporting the Costs of Going to (Some) Law Schools

John Yoo: Litigating for Terrorists: The Obama Admin refused to defend me, now reverse the political polarities

Rep. Issa circulates contempt resolution against AG Eric Holder

Coburn clears way for hearings for two Oklahoma judicial nominees

Supreme Court justice urges civility in legal talk

    Las Vegas Sun: Then Kennedy leaned forward to the lectern to urge those schooled in what he called “the language of the law” to set a good example for the rest of the world with “rational, quiet, thoughtful, respectful discussion and debate.” “The verdict on freedom is still out in over half the world, and the rest of the world is looking at us,” Kennedy said. “They see the current dialogue and discourse and they are horrified by it.”


  • Posted: 05/02/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.lasvegassun.com

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Will SCOTUS Stamp Out Montana’s Constitutional Mischief? – Corporate Campaign Expenditures

UC Hastings shrinking with market for lawyers

SCOTUS for law students: What does the Solicitor General do? (sponsored by Bloomberg Law)

CA: “Judge slams prosecutors for dismissing gay jurors”

Judge Janice Brown Writes Scathing Economic Rights Concurrence

Law school applications down 15.6%, but admits could be even lower

Debate rages over severity of child-porn sentences

Lawmakers move toward citing Holder for contempt

Senator Holds Fast to Principle with ‘No’ Votes for Judicial Nominees

Ken Klukowski: “Analysis: Supreme Court May Split Decision Arizona Immigration Law”

Wisconsin Judicial Commission to consider complaint against judges who signed Walker recall

The Use of Legal Scholarship by the Federal Courts of Appeals: An Empirical Study

    David Schwartz & Lee Petherbridge at the Cornell Law Review(2/22/2012): The study produces three important results. First, the data collected support the interpretation that the use of legal scholarship by the U.S. circuit courts of appeals has not declined. Rather, the use of legal scholarship by such courts has increased. Taken together, the data gathered in this study call into serious question the conventional wisdom that courts have little use for legal scholarship. Second, the study provides evidence that a relatively small cohort of judges is responsible for the overwhelming majority of citations. Third, this study develops statistical arguments about which factors influence a court’s decision to cite legal scholarship.


  • Posted: 04/25/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: legalworkshop.org

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Top 10 Law Schools That Hire Their Own Graduates

High court seems favorable to Arizona immigration law

Senate Confirms Federal District Judge for Missouri

Sen. Dick Lugar’s challenger, Richard Mourdock: I’ll be more conservative on Supreme Court nominees

Supreme Court is political by design

Heritage Foundation: Do You Know What the Constitution Really Means?

On Gov. Christie’s Judicial Nominations

What is Going On at Law School Admission Council (LSAC)?

    Brian Tamanaha at the Balkinization Blog: Law schools elect the Board of Trustees that oversees LSAC. It is time to elect people who will take a hard look at its operation. What are LSAC’s priorities? Why is it amassing a huge pile of money? Why is it raising fees when it is not losing money? Why are the officers paid so much? Why is there a general counsel and assistant general counsel, with a combined salary of half a million dollars, along with legal fees to outside law firms totaling another half a million dollars? Why is a million dollars spent each year on lobbying? Why does LSAC pay for “guests” to accompany staff members to two board meetings a year? (All of this information is available on Guidestar).


  • Posted: 04/23/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: balkin.blogspot.com

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Michael Stokes Paulsen: The Unprecedented, Extraordinary, Anti-democratic, Activist Power of Judicial Review

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Rent-Control Challenge

ABA, American Law Institute divorce amicably on CLE

Senate panel endorses Kayatta for 1st Circuit judgeship

Neb. refuses order to surrender execution drug to FDA

Iowa: Cady’s view of constitution permits judicial fiat

Strict Scrutiny for Every Law? Remembering the Real Carolene Products

Analysis: A Romney pick for top U.S. court? Frontrunners emerge

The Supreme Court’s Job Is to Protect Americans from Democracy

Analysis: A Romney pick for top U.S. court? Frontrunners emerge

Chief justice of Louisiana Supreme Court retiring

Chemerinsky: Arizona Immigration Case Closes a Momentous Court Term

Obama’s recess actions spur Republicans to join lawsuit

U.S. Senate confirms Thacker to federal appeals court

Private lawyers hired by local governments get same immunity as public employees

Francis J. Beckwith: Faith, Reason, and Secular Hegemony

Ideologues In Robes: The major theories about interpreting the Constitution serve competing schools of activism

Colo. Chief Justice: Polls show lack of confidence in judiciary

Napolitano perjured herself to Congress in Fast & Furious testimony?

    Human Events: In her explosive new book Fast and Furious, Katie Pavlich makes the case that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano not only failed to stop an operation that led to the death of one of her own, Border Agent Brian A. Terry, but she may have also lied to Congress in sworn testimony at a hearing held to find out what really happened.


  • Posted: 04/13/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.humanevents.com

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Interview: How District Judge Jed Rakoff makes the calls

    Reuters: Since being nominated to the bench by President Bill Clinton in 1995, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff has earned a reputation for attention-grabbing rulings — from declaring the death penalty unconstitutional in 2002, to, more recently, challenging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s settlements with Bank of America and Citigroup over financial-crisis-era toxic securities.


  • Posted: 04/13/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com

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SCOTUS for law students: What happens now in the health care cases? (sponsored by Bloomberg Law)

Panel on Reform of Lawyer Licensing at the University of Washington School of Law

Justice Scalia defends view of the Constitution

Obama admirer to teach ‘Understanding Obama’ class at Harvard Law School

Ala. judge orders man to jail for sagging pants

President Obama might note that in American politics the goal is not to curb the judiciary but to co-opt it.

    Paul Moreno at the Wall Street Journal (The Unhappy History of Running Against the Supreme Court) (via Google): By scolding the Supreme Court over its 2010 Citizens United decision and cautioning it against declaring ObamaCare unconstitutional, President Obama is ignoring a lesson liberals and progressives should have learned long ago. None has ever succeeded in galvanizing popular opinion against the courts. In American politics, the goal is not to curb the judiciary but to co-opt it.


  • Posted: 04/10/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar

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Thomas, Aubuchon stripped of their legal licenses

Paul D. Carrington: “Bring the Justices Back to Earth” | NY Times

    Paul D. Carrington at the NY Times: If five of our present justices broadly prohibit the federal government from providing accessible health care, Congress should consider using its constitutional power again to add two more justices — and impose a reasonable limit on the length of time that a mere mortal should hold so much political power.


  • Posted: 04/10/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Why Progressives Like President Obama Loathe Judicial Review

    Richard M. Salsman at Forbes: Mr. Obama’s legal reference to Lochner is apt, but ridiculous too, given his fear that SCOTUS may scotch ObamaCare. In Lochner v. New York (1905) the Court rightly jettisoned a state regulatory scheme that violated commercial rights; yet that was the last it so ruled. Thereafter, and especially after being intimidated by FDR and his thuggish New-Dealers in the 1930s, the Court dropped its obligation to uphold economic and property rights. In effect the Court denied what the Founders had earlier argued; that liberty is indivisible, that violations of economic liberty eventually spilled over into violations of civil liberty. The Founders were right. After 80 years of losing our commercial liberties – losses that Obama only applauds – perhaps Americans are starting to glimpse the loss of their civil liberties too.


  • Posted: 04/10/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.forbes.com

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Alabama a top stop for justices

Thomas chides colleagues for too many questions

Supreme Court’s Ratings Jump Following Health Care Hearings

Law School’s ABA Antitrust Lawsuit is Dying a Slow Death