A Better Secret Court | Hon. James G. Carr at NYT

Obama Judicial Pick Cornelia Pillard: Abortion Needed to “Free Women From Maternity”

“Being a gay justice is no longer a big issue” | San Francisco Chronicle

House, Senate Panels at Odds Over Legal Services Budget

The Last Days of Biglaw

In Snowmass, Justice Antonin Scalia says judges should not be policymakers

The Legal Circus That Killed Proposition 8 | Frank Schubert at Public Discourse

Mich. Judge Will Keep Obama Informed, Says Detroit Bankruptcy ‘Not Honoring’ President

Judicial Picks Loom as Next Battle

Federal judge recuses from Ark. marriage suit

PA: Consider ouster of attorney general

Pastors want Kane to defend Pa. DOMA

Federal Circuit Nominee Gets Senate Judiciary Approval

Senate votes 59-40 to confirm McCarthy as EPA administrator

Senate confirms Perez as secretary of Labor on party line vote

Appellate Veterans Launch Moot Court Panel for Hire

Emboldened McCain eyes lead role in showdown over debt and deficit

Senate Committee Clears Nomination Of New FBI Head

Republicans Get Filibusted: Democrats end the 60-vote Senate rule for presidential nominees

Senate Clears Hurdle For Labor Secretary Nominee

Will the filibuster deal moot Noel Canning?

Union lawyer, labor board counsel nominated to NLRB

The DOMA Decision and the Inscrutable Anthony Kennedy | Bruce Hausknecht at Public Discourse

4th Circuit Invalidates NLRB Appointments

Obama hands out plum ambassador posts to big campaign donors

CA: Marriage dispute ready for ruling (UPDATED: Stay denied) | SCOTUS Blog

Symposium: The challengingly uncategorizable Recess Appointments Clause

Majority Leader: Senate Deal Near On Nominations

Amid Falling Enrollment, Law Schools Are Cutting Faculty

Filibuster Fight Could Prompt Tougher Battles

44% Favor Ending Senate Filibuster, 38% Oppose

Democratic Leader Heads To Senate Rule Showdown

Three Law School Admission Myths Debunked

Magistrate Judge Nominated for D.C. Superior Court Seat

Holder Fiscal 2011 Travel Cost Taxpayers More Than $1.45 Million

No JD? No Problem, Say 5 States (That You Might Not Know About)

Reid flirts with nuke option despite GOP shutdown threats

Nuclear fallout: GOP vows no legislation will pass the Senate

Republican attorneys general: the unsung heroes in challenging the Obama agenda

Federal Judge: Fisa Court Not A Rubber Stamp

Wayne State, ACLU start civil rights law clinic

Power Verbs

Above the Law | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Senators try again on cameras in the Courtroom

Reid prepares Senate to go ‘nuclear,’ end nomination filibusters

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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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

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

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