SCOTUS

Can a Hashtag Influence the SCOTUS Nomination?

Back in February, David Lat and @SCOTUSplaces kicked off the #YesSri hashtag on Twitter, a social media campaign supporting the nomination of Sri Srinivasan to to the United States Supreme Court. It has also been enthusiastically championed by Texas appellate lawyer (and occasional Lawyerist contributor) Jason Steed. https://mobile.twitter.com/DavidLat/status/698740591635623936 Srinivasan currently sits on the United States […]

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 […]