Six Degrees of Deliberation: 2016 Presidential Candidates’ Judicial Ties
Love them or hate them, more than half of all American presidents started with careers in law but ended up leading a country. What you may not know is that many 2016 presidential hopefuls have close ties to judges—whether it’s a spouse, sister, parent, or a judge they have clerked for.
Briefs: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, Serial Returns, Facebook at Work, Etc.
The terms that went with the sale of Wu-Tang Clan’s $2 million album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, include this amazing provision: As Aaron pointed out in our chatroom, “I assume ‘no legal repercussions’ means Bill Murray can murder at will. (As part of the caper.)” Indeed. I think we all know what the […]
SCOTUS Justice Stephen Breyer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
It's your professional obligation to watch this, obviously.
It’s Just Marriage, Now
Here’s the decision on CaseText. Twitter is the place to be if you want the firehose of reactions as everyone reads the 103-page decision as fast as they can. Or just head for the nearest downtown this weekend for what will surely be the most joyful Pride ever.
Do NOT Let Your Client Write Your Petition for a Writ of Certiorari
"Shipley basically let his client write his brief, and the thing turned into an utter shitshow. Witness the nightmare hellscape that is the question presented in this case …"
State Bars’ Antitrust Immunity May Not Last Much Longer
Avvo General Counsel Josh King on the Supreme Court’s decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission: The court made no bones about it, siding with the FTC: the regulatory bodies of self-regulated professions (like dentistry and the law) only get immunity from antitrust liability if they are “actively supervised” by […]
History Nerds: Listen To LBJ Try to Make Abe Fortas Chief Justice
No one — before or since — has ever said "goddamned New York Times" like LBJ said "goddamned New York Times."
Supreme Court to Put All Filings Online
It’s tempting to mock the Supreme Court’s pokiness. After all, paperless technology is now so well-established it’s boring, not cutting edge.
“Manly-Sounding” Lawyers Are More Likely to Lose
At least that’s the buzzy headline the ABA Journal put on this study, in which 200 volunteers rated the “manliness” and confidence, among other qualities, of 60 male lawyers’ opening statement to the Supreme Court. The manliest-sounding lawyers more likely to lose, and the most confident-sounding lawyers were more likely to win. Presumably there was […]
Predicting Supreme Court Outcomes
"Jacob Berlove, 30, of Queens, is the best human Supreme Court predictor in the world."
A Call for Track Changes at the Supreme Court
At the National Law Journal, Professor Richard Hasen thinks the Supreme Court should be a bit more transparent when it makes changes to published opinions.
John Oliver Finds a Way to Put Cameras in the Supreme Court — Sort Of
Don't watch this unless you want to see Scalia depicted as an actual bulldog, Alito as a poodle, and the court reporter as a chicken.
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.
“[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 […]
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 […]