“Ginsburg Embraces Gay-Marriage Rulings as Court Shuns Bold Moves”

Obama Says Law School Should Be 2 Years, Not 3

Governor Brownback’s Stellar Judicial Appointment

Chapman Law Changes Name Following $55 Million Donation

Nation’s Newest Law School Prepares to Open its Doors

Justice Kagan talks about high court on personal level to R.I. audience

Gibson Dunn Hires Philip Alito, Son of Supreme Court Justice

“Civil Rights Includes Gays 50 Years After March” | AP on CNS

Law School Applications Down 18%

11th Circuit: Barkett to leave appeals court

Christie’s newest Supreme Court nominee will get a hearing, Sweeney says

Law Schools Gain Greater Autonomy

Scalia: Court Shouldn’t ‘invent New Minorities’

How Did Law Firms Fare In The First Half of 2013?

The “New Normal” in the Legal Profession

Is the D.C. Circuit a “Broken Circuit”?

The Influence of Amicus Curiae Briefs on U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Content

Ethics Law Necessary to Keep High Court Justices in Line

Could the D.C. Circuit Become the Second Most Dangerous Court?

Report Details Courts’ Use of Social Media Tools

“DOMA Ruling Looms Large in Court Fight Over Striking Gay Jurors”

Government appeals ruling striking SCOTUS protest ban

The Ninth Circuit? Or the Munger, Tolles and Olson Circuit?

U.S. Judges Urge Congress To Give Courts More Money

WI: Complaint Filed On Judge Who Changed Baby’s Name, Cited Jesus

Christie announces he will not renominate N.J. Supreme Court Justice Helen Hoens

Behind the bench: Q&A with Missouri Supreme Court Justice Mary Rhodes Russell

The Supreme Court and the Future of Marriage | Ryan T. Anderson at Christian Post

ACLU says TN judge can’t ban “Messiah” baby name

Justice Kennedy: Legal community isn’t doing enough to attract country’s finest into its ranks

Step By Step, ‘Small’ Cases Regain Legal Ground for the Gospel | Alan Sears at Charisma News

Iowa Establishment goes after pro-marriage group over removal of justices

Too Much Work? FISA Court Appointment

    Linda Greenhouse at NY Times: Americans have undoubtedly learned more in the past couple of months about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its extensive powers than in the previous 35 years of the court’s existence. But it shouldn’t have taken the renegade intelligence analyst Edward J. Snowden to let us in on a fact that, while hardly secret, had been little noticed: in establishing the court, Congress gave the authority to name its judges to one individual, the chief justice of the United States.


  • Posted: 08/08/2013
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Unusual Law Clerk Hire for D.C. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown

VA: Magistrate recommends Pittsylvania pay $53K to ACLU for prayers

Texas fights new voting supervision

Calif v. Idaho Turf War Over Judge Seat Still On

Judges attend lavish conferences on taxpayer dime amid budget cuts

California’s Move To Eliminate Private Schools

Judicial showdown in Kansas

ABA Finally States The Problem: Now, Will They Do Anything About It?

Senate and White House Move On Nominations

Moritz nominated to 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Hiring Supreme Court Clerks: The $500,000 Gamble

Obama Nominates two to 9th Circuit, including Equality Cal. lawyer

Obama taps more fundraisers for ambassadorships

DC Circuit Nominee Patricia Millet advances on party line vote

Senate Confirms New Federal Circuit Judge

Obama’s Creeping Authoritarianism | Daniel Henninger at WSJ

Coburn to block OPM nominee over ObamaCare concerns

House Judiciary chairman calls Holder’s testimony ‘deceptive and misleading’

Senate Ready To Approve Obama’s Nominee For UN

Kane fires back at Corbett over Pa. marriage suit

New Supreme Court Doctrine? Gov’t officials free to ignore laws they don’t like

“Court to Decide if Lawyers Can Block Gays From Juries”

Alito Shrugged: Libertarianism has won over the Supreme Court conservatives

Ginsburg Says Push For Voter Id Laws Predictable

Inception: MIT scientists implant a false memory into a mouse’s brain

Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: The Official List For October Term 2013

    Above the Law: Who will follow in their footsteps? We have some new goodies for devotees of SCOTUS law clerk hiring. Keep reading for a look at (1) the official list of Supreme Court clerks for October Term 2013, courtesy of the Court itself; (2) our unofficial list of OT 2013 clerks, with law school and prior clerkship information; and (3) an updated list of October Term 2014 hires thus far. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has hired multiple clerks for OT 2014, suggesting that she’s not going anywhere….


  • Posted: 07/25/2013
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DC Circuit Packing Plan: There Wouldn’t Be Enough Work to Go Around

DOJ Says Transgender Discrimination Is Sex Discrimination

Texas GOP pans Holder move

ACLU locked in contract dispute with employee union

    ACLU: Over the years, the American Civil Liberties has made enemies among the national security state, the religious right, and conservative legislatures across the country. But now it faces opposition from an unexpected corner: its own employees. For the past four months, ACLU management has been engaged in contract negotiations with the union representing its assistant legal staff, administrative assistants, and other support staff.


  • Posted: 07/25/2013
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“How Gay Marriage Became Legitimate: A revisionist history of a social revolution” | Richard A. Posner at The New Republic

The D.C. Circuit’s Judicial Math

Supreme Court Clerks Ten Years Later

    Orin Kerr at Volokh Conspiracy: As Derek notes, there are some very interesting trends based on ideology, too. Consider the career paths of the 16 who clerked for what we might call the liberal-ish Justices (Stevens, Souter, Breyer and Ginsburg). In my experience, all of the 16 members of that group are identifiably left-of-center. Of the group, 9 of the 16 are academics and 8 of the 9 are at “Top 14″ schools. You see a different path with the 19 who clerked for conservative-ish Justices (Rehnquist, O’Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas). They tended to be a more politically diverse group, with probably about 70% identifiably right-of-center. Of the 19 clerks in that group, only 6 became academics and only 1 of the 6 is at a “Top 14″ school.


  • Posted: 07/24/2013
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D.C. Circuit Nominee Under Fire on Capitol Hill

New Mexico Attorney General Urges State Supreme Court to redefine marriage

Obama Judicial Nominee Calls Abstinence Education ‘Unconstitutional’

America’s Rule of Law Sickness | Richard Reinsch at Library of Law and Liberty

Obama Judicial Pick Cornelia Pillard: Abortion Needed to “Free Women From Maternity” | Tony Perkins at LifeNews

Patricia Millett’s Strained Relationship with Truth

PA: Confirmed Supreme Court justice nominee Correale Stevens to be sworn in July 30

When the White House loses cases 9-0, the president is going too far.