Anthony Kennedy, Eavesdropping / Wiretapping, Gerard Lynch, Judicial Nominations, Kent Jordan, Michael Wallace, Morning Docket, Terrence Boyle, William Haynes

Morning Docket: 09.06.06

anthony m kennedy justice.gif* Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was hospitalized and underwent surgery over the Labor Day weekend. Surgeons inserted a new stent to clear a blocked coronary artery. AMK is doing fine and is back to work. [New York Times, Washington Post; Los Angeles Times]
* The brilliant Judge Gerard E. Lynch (S.D.N.Y.) — a member of the Elect, former AUSA in the Southern District, and former Columbia Law School professor (he still teaches there part-time) — heard arguments over the legality of the NSA warrantless wiretapping program. We suspect his opinion will turn out better than Judge Anna Diggs Taylor’s effort, which was not so well-received. [New York Times]
* High-profile L.A entertainment lawyers Pierce O’Donnell and Ann Marie Mortimer, founders of O’Donnell & Mortimer, are parting ways. Mortimer will be the managing partner of Hunton & Williams’s new Los Angeles office; O’Donnell is starting a new boutique law firm that will focus on public-interest work. [Hollywood Reporter via WSJ Law Blog]
* The White House officially renominated the federal judicial nominees that were returned to it by the Senate — including a few controversial candidates, such as Terrence Boyle, William Haynes, and Michael Wallace — and also put up some new nominees. Judge Kent A. Jordan (D. Del.), nominated to the Third Circuit, will be in Washington today for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. [WhiteHouse.gov and Wilmington News Journal, via How Appealing]

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