Constitutional Law

  • Flag_of_Palestine

    Constitutional Law, Drugs, Facebook, Health Care / Medicine, Law Professors, Marijuana, Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.20.13

    * Palestinian prisoners are smuggling spooge out of prison to make babies on the outside. The article raises some fascinating legal and ethical questions, but thankfully fails to explain the logistics of the scheme. [Bill of Health / Harvard Law Petrie-Flom Center]

    * Florida is looking into the question of whether judges and attorneys can be Facebook friends. But it’s so useful to have real-time feedback of which arguments that judge is going to “Like.” [IT-Lex]

    * The government has indicted a lawyer on charges of bankrolling a synthetic marijuana operation. So real-life Kentucky is just like Justified Kentucky. [USA Today]

    * The defense of Oscar Pistorius springs back and has a good day. [Deadspin]

    * This article about KU Law Professor Stephen Ware’s arrest on domestic abuse charges sounds bad, but he’s actually a hero for putting together an elaborate and interactive issue-spotting exam for his final. [6 News Lawrence]

    * This will be fun. What are the weirdest constitutional arguments ever asserted in court? [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Former Senator Pete Dominici admits that he’s the father of Vegas lawyer Adam Laxalt of Lewis and Roca. While a Senator for New Mexico, Dominici was nailing the daughter of Nevada Senator Paul Laxalt… just to be neighborly. [Reno Gazette-Journal]

    2 Comments / / Feb 20, 2013 at 5:33 PM
  • Ole Miss Rebels

    Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Election Law, Minority Issues, Racism

    With All Deliberate Speed, Mississippi Officially Ratifies The Thirteenth Amendment

    I don’t trust Mississippi, and neither should the Supreme Court.

    50 Comments / / Feb 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM
  • Scotus Possible Nominees

    Conferences / Symposia, Constitutional Law, D.C. Circuit, David Sentelle, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Feeder Judges, Laurence Silberman, Merrick Garland, Money

    New D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Dreading the Sequester

    The D.C. Circuit’s new chief judge and two of his colleagues spoke at a conference over the weekend. What did Their Honors have to say?

    9 Comments / / Feb 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM
  • Are there no volunteers on the Columbia Law Faculty?

    Constitutional Law, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Behemoth Constitutional Law Class To Have Two Curves

    At Columbia Law School, one professor’s personal life is now front and center…

    32 Comments / / Feb 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM
  • Antitrust, Antonin Scalia, Barack Obama, Constitutional Law, Job Searches, Legal Research, Rankings, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.13.13

    * Antonin Scalia thinks the State of the Union is a “childish spectacle.” I mean, if it was so important, the Founders would have put it in the Constitution, right? [New York Daily News]

    * Does your son or daughter want to be Barack Obama when they grow up? Here are complete instructions to building your own play drone! [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Snickers bars are not tax deductible? Damn you H&R Block!!! [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Yesterday I mused about needing a ranking for the rankings. PrawfsBlawg points out that there is such a ranking. My dreams of glory are dashed yet again. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * It turns out recruiters are just as unimpressed with your legal research skills as your non-law friends. [Monster]

    * Allegedly, Nestle’s does not play well with others. [Courthouse News Service]

    * Is it just me or is giving the Republican response like being named the Madden cover athlete? Now let’s all watch Marco Rubio realize he needs water in super slow motion. [Deadspin]

    6 Comments / / Feb 13, 2013 at 5:15 PM
  • This is what a con law class at Columbia Law looks like.

    Constitutional Law, Divorce Train Wrecks, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Columbia Con Law Debacle Creates 200-Person Class That Angers Students

    Either there is a shortage of professors at Columbia Law School or the administration is being very lazy.

    46 Comments / / Feb 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM
  • techdirt RF

    Constitutional Law, Free Speech, Video games, Violence

    Connecticut State Representative Proposes 10 Percent Tax On Mature Video Games

    Another day, another effort from the nanny state to restrict violent video games.

    / Feb 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM
  • Talk to the hand, Nino.

    Biglaw, Constitutional Law, Department of Justice, Keker & Van Nest, Lateral Moves, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 02.07.13

    * “But Daddddddd!!!” Sorry, HealthBridge, but sometimes mom’s word is the law. After RBG slapped down a request to review the constitutionality of Obama’s recess appointments, the rest of the Supreme Court told Scalia to STFU. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * “The very idea that she would be headlining a Pepsi event is shocking.” Are Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s days as a judicial darling coming to an end? After attending this event for Yale Law women in April, they may be numbered. [New York Times]

    * And you thought they were “Burning Down the House” before! Standard & Poor’s has hired talented trial attorney John Keker of Keker & Van Nest to represent the ratings agency in the DOJ’s $5 billion suit. [Reuters]

    * Talk about a soft landing: David Kappos, the former director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, was picked up by Cravath. He’s only the fourth lateral partner the firm’s hired in 50 years. [Am Law Daily]

    * Hilarie Bass of Greenberg Traurig is one of the most powerful women in Biglaw. In consideration of that $200M suit, the firm is now shifting to a “boys and one girl club” model. [Daily Business Review (sub. req.)]

    * “Axiom simply does it better, faster and cheaper.” The innovative legal services company manned by Biglaw refugees celebrated its thirteenth anniversary with a bang — $28 million in funding. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Oh noooo! We’re a public school and we don’t have enough students to fill the seats! Let’s raise tuition by six percent, then charge everyone the new in-state price, and pretend like it’s a favor. Yay! [National Law Journal]

    1 Comment / / Feb 7, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • mustache disguise

    9th Circuit, Bar Exams, Biglaw, Constitutional Law, Crime, Department of Justice, Football, Guns / Firearms, Job Searches, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Violence

    Morning Docket: 01.31.13

    * Lanny Breuer finally announced his retirement from the DOJ. He’s going back to the private sector, and perhaps Covington and Jenner & Block will duel to see which firm gets dibs. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * You may be wondering if it’s ever constitutional to testify in a drug cartel case while wearing a disguise — namely, a mustache, a wig, and sunglasses. Behold, the Ninth Circuit’s opinion! [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * It may be a new year, but suing Biglaw firms never seems to get old. From Blank Rome to White & Case, here’s a thrilling roundup of all suits that have made waves in 2013, a “lawsuit-palooza,” if you will. [Am Law Daily]

    * “We are going through a revolution in law with a time bomb on our admissions books.” The entire law school dream is continuing to swirl down the drain at warp speed, and the New York Times is on it! [New York Times]

    * Is anyone actually surprised that every single one of Jerry Sandusky’s post-conviction motions was flat-out denied? If so, then it seems you may be in very serious need of a 1-800-REALITY check. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * George Zimmerman’s attorney asked a judge to delay his client’s trial because he claims the prosecution is causing problems. Also, he’d kind of like to get paid, but that’s neither here nor there. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * If you weren’t aware, there was a law firm office shooting in Arizona yesterday, and one of the wounded is Mark Hummels, a partner with Osborn Maledon. Best wishes for a very speedy recovery! [Arizona Republic]

    * When they tell you stop writing when time is called during the bar exam, you STOP FREAKING WRITING when time is called on the bar exam — unless you don’t like bar admission, of course. [National Law Journal]

    5 Comments / / Jan 31, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  • multiple choice RF

    Constitutional Law, Law Professors, Law Schools, Screw-Ups

    Fordham Con Law Clusterbleep

    Are professors ever punished for massively screwing up exams through abject laziness?

    63 Comments / / Jan 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM
  • Second Amendment

    2nd Circuit, BARBRI, Constitutional Law, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.30.13

    * Congress isn’t standing up to the Supreme Court as much as it used to. [SCOTUSblog]

    * The Second Circuit really wants you to use a current email address. [Find Law]

    * A bar exam for teachers? Why would we create a system that would make BAR/BRI more money? [Constitutional Daily]

    * I kind of wish that everybody who offers an opinion on gun safety laws was required to have a law degree just so they could understand what’s actually being proposed. [Media Matters]

    * Not that getting a bunch of constitutional lawyers together is a recipe for compromise on the Second Amendment. I just want people to know what’s being talked about. [Huffington Post]

    * Stupid law firm slogan time! [Legal Cheek]

    * Henry Blodget defends internet trolls everywhere. [The Awl]

    6 Comments / / Jan 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM
  • ted b olson RF

    Biglaw, Constitutional Law, Litigators, Quote of the Day, Technology, Ted Olson

    Quote of the Day: Ted Olson’s Got Jokes!

    Ted Olson revealed his comedic side during his keynote speech at LegalTech New York.

    7 Comments / / Jan 29, 2013 at 12:32 PM
  • Me, earlier today.

    Blogging, Constitutional Law, Election Law, Fashion, Federal Circuit, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Wall Street

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.25.13

    * PETA sends Bebe a cease-and-desist letter over fur-free advertising. To be honest, I only understood half of what I just wrote. [Fashionista]

    * Here are five reasons why editors hate lawyers. Of course, when the editors are lawyers, you just kind of end up hating yourself. [About Editing And Writing]

    * Can someone explain to me how it’s constitutional for Virginia to promise not to enforce laws? [Pilot]

    * Did you enjoy the South Park episode that involved proprietary towel technology? Then you’ll love this lawsuit! [Thomson Reuters News and Insight]

    * I asked Professor Rick Hasen whether or not I should self immolate to prevent the GOP from legally rigging the next election, and he’s telling me to chill out because it’s gonna be okay. [Slate]

    * I’ve been trying to find an excuse to link to this. It’s a guy who is blogging about news from 1913 as if it was happening in real time, in this technological environment. Here, we look at some very swift Southern-style justice. [Retro Pundit]

    * I must admit, I wanted to pull out my Leonardo DiCaprio coconut drinking goblet to fully enjoy this rich-white-man fight. [Dealbreaker]

    * Belated congratulations to Elbert Lin, aka Mr. LEWW, on his appointment as solicitor general for West Virginia. [Bench Memos / National Review Online]

    10 Comments / / Jan 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM
  • Barack Obama president Supreme Court appointees

  • Catfish

    Constitutional Law, Food, Football, Guns / Firearms, Kids, Military / Military Law, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Sports, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.23.13

    * If you’ve been waiting for the definitive, Kashmir Hill, what in the hell is Catfishing article, here you go. [Not-So Private Parts / Forbes]

    * Let me just say that societies that fully utilize the talents of women have an inherent advantage over the ones that don’t. With one rules change, we now have twice as many potential combat soldiers. Glory. [Daily Beast]

    * A “Good Samaritan” gun owner defended a little boy from pit bulls by shooting at the dogs who were mauling the little boy. Look, as a dad, can I just say that if you see some pit bulls attacking my son, please help… by running at the pit bulls and saying, “Git, git away from that boy,” not by shooting a freaking hand cannon towards my child! [Cato @ Liberty / Cato Institute]

    * Okay, who has standing to sue for a violation of the 27th Amendment? Who? I want this to happen. Come on, constitutional scholars. Make it happen. Let’s see who really cares about “all” the amendments, not just the ones that allow people to shoot each other. [The Note / ABC News]

    * I mean we’re suing over sandwiches, aren’t we? [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Slow your roll, NAACP. I’m pretty sure that the 14th Amendment doesn’t protect the rights of black people to become diabetic with oversized sugary drinks. [Gawker]

    11 Comments / / Jan 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM
  • Sarah Jones: hot for teacher?

    Barack Obama, Constitutional Law, D.C. Circuit, Defamation, Drugs, Gay, Gay Marriage, Insider Trading, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Murder, Paul Clement, Trials

    Morning Docket: 01.23.13

    Ed. note: We apologize for getting such a late start today, but we were experiencing some technical difficulties. Thanks for being patient with us.

    * Barack Obama made some bold statements about marriage equality in his inaugural address, but the jury is still out — literally — on whether he thinks laws banning same-sex couples from marrying are constitutional. [BuzzFeed]

    * You can smoke pot for sh*ts and giggles in several states, but the D.C. Circuit is siding with the DEA on this one. Marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I drug in the eyes of the (federal) law. [National Law Journal]

    * With claims of prejudicial evidence, Rajat Gupta is trying to get his insider trading conviction overturned. We’ll wait for more on this story from note passer field correspondent, Benula Bensam. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Here are some tips on how you can refine the résumé that will accompany your law school application — but make sure you get the accents aigus right, or else. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * “Why are all high school teachers freaks in the sacks?” Sarah Jones, the cheerleader-cum-sexy teacher, cried over phrases like that yesterday during testimony in her defamation case against The Dirty. [ESPN]

    * George W. Huguely V, the UVA lacrosse bro who was convicted of killing his sometimes girlfriend, has got one hell of an appellate lawyer. Perhaps famous litigator Paul Clement is a friend of the family. [Bloomberg]

    3 Comments / / Jan 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM
  • "A Prairie Home Companion" New York Premiere - Arrivals

    California, Constitutional Law, Deaths, Department of Justice, Drugs, Law Professors, Law Schools, Lindsay Lohan, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Pornography, STDs

    Morning Docket: 01.15.13

    * When it comes to medical marijuana prosecutions, the government is supposed to have “bigger fish to fry,” but it looks like even the Department of Justice couldn’t resist reeling in one last big catch. [New York Times]

    * According to the results of this study, if you want to do well in law school, you should probably stop being so damn awkward, scale back your antisocial habits, and consider joining a study group. [National Law Journal]

    * “[U]nder American law, anyone interesting is a felon.” This Columbia Law professor argues that the legal system failed Aaron Swartz because he was treated like a criminal instead of a deviant genius. [New Yorker]

    * Porn stars in Los Angeles are challenging the constitutionality of being forced to wear condoms during filming — because the transfer of STDs is “constitutionally protected expression.” [Courthouse News Service]

    * So, it looks like Lindsay Lohan fired her best gal pal in the world: her lawyer. But sometimes you have to fire people when you allegedly owe them oodles of money to the tune of $300K and you don’t have any. [Daily Mail]

    3 Comments / / Jan 15, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • stop and frisk

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, California, Constitutional Law, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Disability Law, Federal Judges, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, LSAT, Military / Military Law, Morning Docket, Shira Scheindlin

    Morning Docket: 01.09.13

    * What Dewey know about this failed firm’s bankruptcy case? According to Judge Glenn’s latest order, it seems like D&L’s Chapter 11 plan is on track for confirmation in late February, unless there are objections, of course. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * The Law School Admission Council is suing California because the state’s legislature banned the practice of alerting schools when applicants had extra time to complete the LSAT. How lovely that LSAC values the ability to discriminate. [National Law Journal]

    * “It’s not like we let anybody in the door. We don’t.” Apparently Cooley Law’s new Florida campus has very stringent admissions standards. Oh really? What else is required, aside from a pulse? [Tampa Tribune]

    * It’s now too constitutionally risky for cops to get all frisky: a federal judge ordered that the NYPD cease its stock-and-frisk trespass stops without reasonable suspicion of actual trespass. [New York Law Journal]

    * Tamara Brady, the lawyer for the accused shooter in the Aurora movie theater massacre, is setting the stage for her client’s diminished capacity defense — because even the mentally ill can buy guns. [Bloomberg]

    * Pfc. Bradley Manning of WikiLeaks infamy will receive a reduced sentence if he’s convicted due to his illegal pretrial punishment, like being forced to sleep in the nude. A true hero! [Nation Now / Los Angeles Times]

    3 Comments / / Jan 9, 2013 at 9:02 AM