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I Think the Supreme Court Releases Paper Opinions to Amuse Itself

Because the “running of the interns” is pretty amusing. Check out “The 2013 Running Of The Interns” on Buzzfeed.

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“[A] private-market auction for seats at a public hearing of the country’s highest court”

Law professor Dale Carpenter (from whom I took an excellent class on sexual orientation and the law), writing at Volokh Conspiracy about “The Real Standing Problem in the Marriage Cases“: As 7 a.m. approached and the lawyers arrived to take their pre-paid places in line, something else happened. They started inviting their friends to join […]

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The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court (Book Review)

Guest post by Barry Edwards. Do not read Jeffrey Toobin’s latest book, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court, if you want to hold on to any illusions about the sanctity of the United States Supreme Court. The Court is just as soiled with rank political calculations as the other two branches […]

Former Supreme Court Justice Stevens Wants to Amend the Constitution

He wants to amend Article VI — the Supremacy Clause — to read as follows: This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; […]

Publishing the Law For Posterity #LVI2012

One of my favorite talks at the Law Via the Internet Conference turned out to be from Frank Wagner, retired U.S. Supreme Court Reporter of Decisions.

Justice Thomas: “My new bias, which I now embrace, is that … I intentionally prefer kids from regular backgrounds and regular students.”

Graduates of non-Ivy-League law schools may not have a prayer of becoming a U.S. Supreme Court justice (all the current justices went to Harvard, Yale, or Columbia (Ginburg, who started at Harvard), but we can at least hope to clerk for one. At a talk on Friday at the University of Florida, Justice Clarence Thomas […]

Federal Judge Says Small-Firm Lawyers are Worth Less than Big-Firm Lawyers

A D.C. federal district court thinks small-firm lawyers should be penalized for not being big-firm lawyers.

Supreme Court Justices Eschew Email

According to Justice Elena Kagan, the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court avoid email in favor of hand-delivered notes.

Web Design and the New SCOTUS Site

The Supreme Court unveiled its new web design in mid-March. It's an improvement, but still has some major flaws.

Bryan Garner interviews the U.S. Supreme Court justices

For the word nerds, here are interviews of eight of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices (Roberts, Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, and Alito), taken between 2006 and 2007 by Bryan Garner, the legal writing geek. I have not had a chance to sit through all of them, yet, but I plan to set […]