Florida Bar Upset Over Lost Influence

Portrait of Female Justices Unveiled

Filibuster Wars To Flare Up As Reid Moves On Top Judges

Graham Says He’ll Block Nominations Over Benghazi

The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12

    Brennan Center for Justice: “The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12” analyzes the prominent role of special interest money in state Supreme Court elections. In 2011-12, many of these races “seemed alarmingly indistinguishable from ordinary political campaigns—featuring everything from Super PACs and mudslinging attack ads to millions of dollars of candidate fundraising and independent spending.” The report documents how the “boundaries that keep money and political pressure from interfering with the rule of law have become increasingly blurred.”


  • Posted: 10/28/2013
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Hickenlooper appoints Hood as new Colorado Supreme Court justice

Formal Ethics Charges Filed Against Magistrate Who Rejected “Messiah” As Child’s Name

Senator Cornyn on the D.C. Circuit

Chris Christie’s Court

OR: Convictions Reversed After Prosecutor’s Comments on Shariah Law

In New Haven, Justice Sotomayor shares the story of her life

Breastfeeding Mo. Mother Charged With Contempt

Wis. Judge: Officials In Contempt For Union Curbs

President Obama Designates Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith to Serve as Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Appellate Lawyer Representatives Produce Ninth Circuit Practice Guide

Christie’s Supreme Court nominee approved by N.J. Senate judiciary committee

    NJ Star Ledger: In a rare break in the ongoing war between Gov. Chris Christie and Senate Democrats over court appointments, the upper house’s judiciary committee today approved the Republican governor’s latest nominee to the state Supreme Court. Superior Court Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina faced dozens of sharp-edged questions from Democrats during a two-and-a-half hour hearing in Trenton, but was also praised for his serene demeanor.


  • Posted: 10/18/2013
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Kansas Supreme Court suspends Phill Kline’s state law license

Supreme Court rejects Latham strip joint: Justices won’t hear challenge to tax on performances

Elena Kagan: Not all government is dysfunctional

McGinnis/Rappaport’s Originalism and the Good Constitution—Part 1 | Ed Whelan at NRO

    Ed Whelan at National Review: As they sum up the argument, “If we are to be faithful to law, we must follow the law’s original meaning.” . . . I find much more appealing the normative argument for originalism that law professor Lawrence B. Solum makes in his long law-review article “Semantic Originalism” (pp. 149-160). That argument, at its essence, is that in a “reasonably just society” like ours, it’s wrong to lie about the meaning of the Constitution.


  • Posted: 10/16/2013
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In The Future, Law School Tuition Will Be Absolutely Terrifying

How Activist Is the Supreme Court?

New Blog Airs Law Schools’ Laundry: Deans aim for tough look at legal education.

N.J. same-sex marriage debate is background noise for judge with Bayonne roots

Justice Kennedy On Law School, Blogging, And Popular Culture

Scalia and the devil

    UPI: “You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so … removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the devil! Most of mankind has believed in the devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the devil.”


  • Posted: 10/14/2013
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Justice’s Wheels Slowed As Shutdown Hits Courts

    AP: The government shutdown is slowing the wheels of justice in federal courts by delaying civil cases, forcing prosecutors to operate with skeleton staffs and raising uncertainty about the system’s immediate future if the stalemate continues past Thursday.


  • Posted: 10/14/2013
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NC AG Cooper supports marriage redefinition

Diane Wood is New Chief Judge of Seventh Circuit

Longtime Faculty Member Diane Wood is New Chief Judge of Seventh Circuit

Blacks lack presence on federal appellate court | Leslie Proll of the NAACP

“Justice Kennedy Offers Views on Shutdown, Congress and Gay Marriage”

The Chief Justice looks for a compromise on contribution caps? This morning’s argument in Plain English

The Oklahoman Endorses Move Away from Missouri Plan

U.S. Supreme Court appears wary of broad campaign finance ruling

U.S. Justice Kennedy visits Penn law school

Court returns to campaign finance reform: Today’s oral argument in Plain English

Shutdown Delays Judicial Confirmation Process

Duke panel will dissect abortion legislation

Speaking of the Scalia Interview… Three Originalists on the Harvard Faculty?

Thomas More Society celebrates 15 years on the front line of the culture wars | Chicago Tribune

Supreme Court can rescue another freedom in a campaign cash case | George F. Will at Wash. Post

Number of Female Harvard Law Review Editors Nearly Doubled in First Gender-Based Affirmative Action Cycle

Supreme Court Declines to Decide When Online Speech Becomes an Illegal Threat

WA: Judge Admonished For Publicly Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Marriages

In new term, Supreme Court may steer to right on key social issues

11 Supreme Court Cases That Could Change The U.S. In The Coming Year

Kagan: Confirmation Process ‘Sort Of Broken’

Kennedy: Too Many Disputes Left For Court, Should Not Be in Functioning Democracy

Gallup: Americans Still Divided on Approval of U.S. Supreme Court

SCOTUS open for business at least through Oct. 11

Scalia talks faith, urges Christians to remain courageous

Supreme Court To Hold Arguments Despite Shutdown

A reflective Justice Breyer: Longtime jurist explains inner workings of Supreme Court

    Harvard Gazette: There are roughly 8,000 cases pointed toward the court each year, said Breyer, who broke down some of the court’s internal workings. Four law clerks for each justice review the cases and write detailed memos about each petition. The justices then review those memos and choose which ones to hear in a process that requires four votes to grant a writ of certiorari, or judicial review. The final list typically includes about 80 cases.


  • Posted: 10/03/2013
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Analysis: Delaware’s corporate courts on brink of big change

Court remains open to visitors

“Justice Scalia says has not expressed view on gay marriage”

NC Republicans Vow To Fight US DOJ Over Voter Laws

Weinstein’s Wild Whining

The Supreme Court’s Key Role in Polarizing American Politics

Republicans Tap New Talent to Argue Key Campaign Case

New questions raised about South Carolina federal court nominee

Sen. Mike Lee: Supreme Court ObamaCare Ruling a “Lawless Act”

Is the FISA Court constitutional?

    Andrew Napolitano at Fox News: What we learned makes it self-evident that the FISA Court itself is unconstitutional. The Constitution establishes a limited federal government, which includes a limited federal judiciary. Because the Framers feared that federal judges might act as super-legislatures and go about declaring unconstitutional whatever legislation or presidential actions displeased them, they wrote into Article III of the Constitution the absolute prerequisite of the existence of a case or controversy before the jurisdiction of any federal court could be invoked.


  • Posted: 09/26/2013
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Windsor and the Problem with Rights of Recognition

“Utahn lauded as 10th Circuit appeals court pick”

Real Judicial Restraint

The Obama Administration and (Future) Feeder Judges