Docs: Justice Department facilitated anti-Zimmerman protests

“Gay Rights Likely to Be ‘Major Part’ of Kennedy’s Legacy”

Senate Democrats set for decisive meeting on ‘nuclear option’

There’s No Justice When the Spied-On Have No Voice

U.S. Senate unanimously approves Wyoming Attorney General Greg Phillips to 10th Circuit

The Roberts Court and the First Amendment

Supreme Court advocates becoming D.C. Circuit judges (updated)

A Nuclear Summer? Filibuster Wars Return As Senate Considers Key Nominations

Heritage to Host Review of Supreme Court Term on July 11

More on How the FISC Justifies the Legality of Requiring Telephone Providers to Turn Over Entire Databases of Metadata

The FISA court is acting like a legislature, and that’s a problem

How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students | Orin Kerr at GWU via SSRN

Meet The Chief Justice Of America’s Secret Supreme Court

Senate Confirms Wyoming AG For Appeals Court Seat

Former Judge Admits Flaws In Secret Court

    AP: A former federal judge who served on a secret court overseeing the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs denied Tuesday that the judges act as “rubber stamps.” But James Robertson said the system is flawed because of its failure to allow legal adversaries to question the government’s actions.


  • Posted: 07/09/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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A Proposal To Reform FISA Court Decisionmaking

    Orin Kerr at Volokh ConspiracyYesterday’s New York Times story on the secret legal opinions of the FISA court prompts a natural question: How should the FISA court reach its decisions, and how do we know it is doing so correctly? That breaks down into two questions. First, what procedures should the FISA court use to reach legal conclusions? And second, when or how should those legal conclusions be made public? The latter has received much more attention than the former. Like a lot of people, I tend to think that it wouldn’t impact national security for the FISA court to release more information about its decisions, at least in those cases when the judges consider abstract legal issues..


  • Posted: 07/08/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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Supreme Court’s Ginsburg vows to resist pressure to retire

Chief Justice Roberts Is Awesome Power Behind FISA Court

    Bloomberg: Chief justice of the U.S. is a pretty big job. You lead the Supreme Court conferences where cases are discussed and voted on. You preside over oral arguments. When in the majority, you decide who writes the opinion. You get a cool robe that you can decorate with gold stripes. Oh, and one more thing: You have exclusive, unaccountable, lifetime power to shape the surveillance state.


  • Posted: 07/02/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.bloomberg.com

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“Is Gay Marriage The Product Of Judicial Activism?” | David Davenport at Forbes

Silly Attack on Judicial Selection in Kansas

A Roe By Any Other Name – Make no mistake: Windsor ends the same-sex marriage battle. | Mona Charen at NRO

More than 7,000 Urge Ball State University to Protect Academic Freedom of Professor Eric Hedin

Do Traditional Marriage Supporters Deserve to Be Treated with Dignity? | Jim DeMint at Heritage Foundation

Thinking Outside the Box of Judicial Supremacy

NOM Chairman: Imposing Same-Sex Marriage Is ‘Judicial Tyranny’ | Video

Same-sex Marriage is War on Religion | Star Parker at Townhall

    Star Parker at Townhall: America is a free country. You can do what you want in private. But when values of meaninglessness become sanctioned as part of our public and official culture we should know that this is the “pride” that “goes before destruction.” Let there be no doubt that same-sex marriage is about much more than marriage. It is a deliberate and conscious assault on religion and all traditional values. We have only two options. Turn back to where we belong or watch the continuing collapse of our country.


  • Posted: 07/01/2013
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Chief Justice Roberts: Sequester cuts hitting federal judiciary ‘hard’

Public Approval of Supreme Court Falls to All-Time Low | Rasmussen Reports

    Rasmussen: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 28% believe the Supreme Court is doing a good or an excellent job. At the same time, 30% rate its performance as poor. That’s the highest-ever poor rating. It’s also the first time ever that the poor ratings have topped the positive assessments. Thirty-nine percent (39%) give the court middling reviews and rate its performance as fair.


  • Posted: 07/01/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.rasmussenreports.com

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DOMA ruling: Echoes of Roe vs. Wade | Maggie Gallagher at Mercury News

Judge Correale Stevens to fill Pa. Supreme Court seat left vacant by Joan Orie Melvin

Christie: SCOTUS DOMA ruling is bad and an example of judicial supremacy

Today: Supreme Court refuses to hear two marriage challenges

Children, parents, families & tribes: SCOTUS and the troubling state of the nation | Richard Garnett at Mirror of Justice

ABA Proposal Alarms Law School Diversity Advocates

Vault Rankings Are Out: Which Firm Is The Most Prestigious In The Land?

    Above the Law: The new Vault list is substantially similar to the old Vault list; number one, once again, is Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz & Awesome. No drama at Wachtell, people are working too hard to generate much drama I guess. Cravath is in the second spot . . .


  • Posted: 06/25/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: abovethelaw.com

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Judicial Activism, Defined

Is Congress’s Power Under the “Necessary and Proper” Clause a General Police Power? | Ed Whelan at NRO

Senate Judiciary Chairman Vows ‘Immediate Action’ After Voting Rights Ruling

“Hagel, Obama Advisor Salute Gay, Lesbian Military Community” | U.S. Department of Defense

“First openly gay US Ambassador for Australia nominated”

“Eric Fanning, Out Gay Man, Takes Over As Acting Secretary Of The Air Force”

DOMA Supreme Court: What Is “Judicial Engagement,” and Why Could It Save Same-Sex Marriage? | PolicyMic

Thoughts on the Koontz Takings Clause Case

Supreme Court released three opinions today – marriage rulings expected tomorrow

Supreme Court: Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional

Large Firms in a Hiring Mood Again

Supreme Court Declines Appeal on IDEA Residential Placements

Supreme Court makes it harder to sue businesses for discrimination

With big rulings left, U.S. high court sets next session for Tuesday

Intercessors Call for Urgent Prayer for Supreme Court | Tim Wildmon at Charisma News

9th Circuit: MT ban on endorsements and expenditures for judicial candidates is unconstitutional, contributions ban still undecided

NALP: Law Grads’ Jobs Rate Falls for Fifth Straight Year

The judges who preside over America’s secret court

CNN Poll: Judging the Supreme Court

SCOTUS adopts revised Rules of the Court effective July 1, 2013

Washington-area Law School Deans Weigh in on Civil Rights

SCOTUS Blog FAQs: Opinion announcement days (UPDATED: June 20)

    SCOTUS Blog: We expect the Court to issue opinions tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. We will be live blogging beginning at around 9 a.m. (All times are Eastern.) We have put together a list of some of the commonly asked questions about opinion announcements that we have gotten during recent live blogs, along with our responses, but please let us know during the live blog if you have a question that you don’t see answered here.


  • Posted: 06/20/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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TN: Rutherford County judge issues dress code for female lawyers

    Tennessean: In the forthcoming newsletter to all members of the Rutherford County Bar, Taylor plans to offer specifics. “I have advised some women attorneys that a jacket with sleeves below the elbow is appropriate or a professional dress equivalent,” the letter reads. “Your personal appearance in court is a reflection upon the entire legal profession.”


  • Posted: 06/19/2013
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.tennessean.com

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Durbin Asks High Court to Go Live with Opinions

The Next Citizens United? The Supreme Court tackles a new frontier in campaign finance law.

Google challenges U.S. gag order, citing First Amendment

Fisa court oversight: a look inside a secret and empty process

U.S. Supreme Court: Merits Cases Remaining for October 2012 Term

Supreme Court to resolve circuit split on timing of appeals

Defending the Defenseless – Talking with Alumnus Greg Terra

Law School Application Reductions, Last Minute Scholarships

Senate Dems Schedule Hearing For D.C. Circuit Nominee Patricia Millett

Pa. high court rejects changing mandatory retirement for judges

What Is a FISA Court?