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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  • Category: Featured

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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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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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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’

“Obama’s Judicial Restraint”

“Gay prosecutor’s rejection for judgeship lands Virginia back in spotlight”

“Scalia Turns Advocate Against Obama as Queries Criticized”

“Gay judge nominee Tracy Thorne-Begland challenged in Virginia”

Dream Act students, Congressmen sue to stop Senate filibuster

Iowa Justice says he’ll defend same-sex “marriage” vote in campaign

“Four ways to improve Michigan Supreme Court elections”

Court says farmers must pay bankruptcy tax

Environmental Groups Collecting Millions from Federal Agencies They Sue

    NCPA Policy Digest: Deep-pocketed environmental groups are collecting millions of dollars from the federal agencies they regularly sue to enforce conservation measures. The payouts, which aggregate to tens of millions of dollars, even allow for reimbursement of legal fees, further encouraging enterprising environmentalists to take on the government in court, says Fox News.


  • Posted: 05/14/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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Justice Dept. plans to sue Arizona sheriff Arpaio for alleged racial profiling

Leading Democratic Primary Candidate for Senator from Maine Calls for Court-Packing

Judicial independence: The new threat from within

Jacqueline H. Nguyen of L.A. confirmed to U.S. 9th Circuit Court

Superior Court Advertises Magistrate Judge Opening

Kansas AG spends $628k to defend abortion laws despite free alternatives

“Failing Law Schools”: Serving professors or students?

    Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy: Last week I had the pleasure of reading a pre-publication draft of Brian Tamanaha’s new book, Failing Law Schools, which has not yet been released but can be pre-ordered now. I found the book engrossing and its argument powerful. I read it in 2 days after receiving a copy, and I think it should be required reading for all legal academics. Brian’s basic argument is that law schools have been on an unsustainable path fueled by the ready availability of student loans, the cartel power of the ABA, and the influence of the U.S. News rankings, all of which have led schools to adopt policies that help law professors more than they serve students.


  • Posted: 05/08/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: volokh.com

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Three candidates vie for open Oregon Supreme Court position

Senate set to confirm three more judges

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