Reading the Tea Leaves on the Supreme Court’s Outstanding Cases

Conservatives likely to write most remaining decisions in Supreme Court’s term

5th Circuit Judge: Accused of Speaking of the Primacy of Religion Above Law

Slipping the constitutional leash | George F. Will at Washington Post

Upcoming Cert Decision in McCullen v. Coakley

ACLU: Obama Worse Than Bush On Civil Liberty Issues

High Stakes As The Supreme Court Prepares To Rule On Same-sex Marriage Cases | Ryan Anderson at the Blaze

Senate approves two Pa. judges to federal bench, includes “lesbian Latina”

A note about opinion distribution at the U.S. Supreme Court

    SCOTUS Blog: Trying to predict the author of any given Supreme Court opinion is often a fool’s errand. The pattern by which Justices are assigned opinions isn’t entirely fixed. And the original author can lose the majority to some other member of the Court. That said, across an entire Term, the Chief Justice — who does most of the opinion assignments, because he generally is in the majority — does attempt to distribute the workload evenly. If that pattern holds this Term as well, then one feature of the remaining cases is noteworthy.


  • Posted: 06/14/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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Attorneys at the Department Of Education: Zero Republicans, At Least 47 Democrats

Rare formal review ordered for federal judge

Report: Campaign Contributions Influence State Courts

Analysis: Top court’s marriage ruling won’t be last word

Corbett plans to pick Stevens for Pa. high court

Judge’s New Job Opens Seat on D.C. Federal Court

Federal Court: U.S. Supreme Court plaza ordered open to protests

Justice O’Connor’s Hypocritical Crusade Against Judicial Elections

Judicial Selection Reform: All Over The Map

Misconduct Charges Against 5th Circuit Judge Include Her Religious Justifications For Capital Punishment

Indiana Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Oral Arguments in Brewington

Former Supreme Court Justice Stevens predicts court will overturn Defense of Marriage Act

What Happened to Eric Holder?

Three questions for Clarence Thomas | CNN

Culture war creates perils for Supreme Court justices | Juan Williams at The Hill

SCOTUS Blog FAQs: Opinion announcement days

“Exhibit A for a Major Shift: Justices’ Gay Clerks” | NYT

A Disturbing Story About Judge Edith Jones | Gerard Bradley at NRO

    Gerard Bradley at NRO: They say that Jones said something like “Death penalties serve the condemned by forcing them to face God.” Well, of course they do — if there is indeed a God. I believe there is, and until I read this story, I thought Judge Jones had a “civil right” to believe there is, too. Most religions maintain that after death there is some sort of divine judgment. Surely Christianity maintains that it is so.


  • Posted: 06/07/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Winners and Losers Of The Great Law School Application Reduction

Sotomayor Reports $1.9 Million in Income from Royalties

Abortion emerges as an issue in filibuster fight

NJ attorney general named to fill US Senate seat

Ex-Profs: Phoenix Values Profits Over Students, Faculty

How the Supreme Court Gave Us Gosnell | Clark D. Forsythe at First Things

Scalia Dissents On Scotus Decision Upholding DNA Samples Of Arrested | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

Obama to name two female lawyers and an African American federal judge to U.S. appeals court in District of Columbia

Missouri Governor Vetoes Anti-Foreign Law Bill

Obama Nominates 3 To Appeals Court

Supreme Court rules police can take DNA upon arrest

Christie in hot seat on Lautenberg replacement

Judiciary chairman ‘very concerned’ about possible Holder perjury

US Attorney Warns of Prosecution for Religious Intolerance

Do Dept. of Labor rules prevent law students from working for free?

Federal Court Dismisses Christian School’s Attempt to Stop Teachers From Suing and Awards Attorney’s Fees

Sen. Collins, GOP colleagues trying to slow government | Portland Press Herald

The G.O.P.’s Court-Shrinking Plan

Putting the D.C. Circuit Vacancies in Context—Part 3 | Ed Whelan at NRO

The rise of the fourth branch of government | Jonathan Turley at Washington Post

House Judiciary panel questions Holder on reporter surveillance

Obama pivots focus to judicial nominees

Nominees could tip regs court

The academy’s war on free thinking

    Joel Alicia at Washington Times: f our elite law schools are to serve their students and the country well, they must actively seek out the best minds representing all points of view. That does not imply giving conservative candidates preferential treatment when making hiring decisions; all candidates must be held to the same academic standards. It does mean, though, that law schools should be eager to hire scholars who represent perspectives that are absent from their faculties. Law school campuses would have a richer and more vibrant intellectual life as a result, and the country would be the primary beneficiary.


  • Posted: 05/28/2013
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  • Category: Featured
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Senate Confirms Rising Star, Could Be Next Scotus Nominee

House Judiciary investigating whether Holder lied under oath

President Nominates Feldblum For Another Term on EEOC

Obama Plans 3 Nominations for Key Court

Announcing the 2013 John Marshall Fellows | The Claremont Institute

Senate Confirms Obama Nominee To Key Appeals Court

McConnell Rejects Reid’s Nuclear Option Threats

House pushes judicial oversight of DOJ in wake of Associated Press leaks case

Activists seek to keep PA chief justice Castille from another 10-year term

Christie calls Justice Albin a ‘grandstander,’ chastises state Supreme Court

Reid to delay Senate votes on most Obama nominees until July

“Gay judicial nominee confirmed to Oregon federal court”

Reid Mulls Nuclear-Style Filibuster Reform For Nominations

Justice Department: Employees must affirm homosexuality

America Waiting On Big Decisions From Scotus

Harvard Law Opens Applications to Juniors

    National Law Journal: Harvard Law School has announced a pilot program under which Harvard undergraduates may apply and gain acceptance during their junior year, provided they agree to work for two years in between graduation and beginning their legal studies. If the pilot program succeeds, the law school might expand eligibility to juniors at other universities, assistant dean and chief admissions officer Jessica Soban said.


  • Posted: 05/17/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Congressman: Justice Dept. Wiretapped the House of Representative’s Cloak Room

Obama needs a fresh approach to naming judges