Marriage Equality

  • Official Photograph of Justice Anthony Kennedy

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.30.15

    * Justice Kennedy’s writing style… maybe it’s a little over the top. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * If you’re looking for representation at the Supreme Court, go small. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * Marriage equality is only one more step for activists. Next up, fair housing and overall equality. Perhaps on the housing case, we’ll get to hear Justice Thomas make some tone-deaf claim about how there’s no need for protection from housing discrimination because gays are overrepresented on Bravo. [RH Reality Check]

    * Don’t like the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell? Why propose a constitutional amendment when you can propose a new constitutional convention? Runaway Con-Con! [Ab Initio]

    * A linguistic analysis of jiggery-pokery and the prose of Antonin Scalia. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * A jury cleared the University of Iowa College of Law of “political discrimination” when it passed over conservative Teresa Manning’s application to join the faculty.[Associated Press via ABC News]

    * Everyone in New York received an Amber Alert over their phones earlier today. Did anyone crash their cars when their phone started screeching with sounds it had never blared before? [New York Personal Injury Law Blog]

    4 Comments / / Jun 30, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • Robert Bork

    Politics, Supreme Court

    ‘Robert Bork Wouldn’t Have Changed History’? Not So Sure About That.

    A columnist argues that Robert Bork wouldn’t have changed history. If this sounds crazy, that’s because it is.

    16 Comments / / Jun 30, 2015 at 3:20 PM
  • rainbow flag

    Gay Marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    The (Monday) Morning After: A Conversation About Obergefell With David Lat

    ReplyAll conversationalist Zach Abramowitz chats with Above the Law managing editor David Lat about the Supreme Court’s big gay marriage ruling.

    32 Comments / / Jun 29, 2015 at 6:32 PM
  • Judge Richard Posner (Chensiyuan/Wikimedia Commons)

    Benchslaps, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Reverse Benchslap Of The Day: Judge Posner Smacks Chief Justice Roberts

    Judge Posner does not have a high opinion of Chief Justice Roberts’s dissent in the same-sex marriage case.

    26 Comments / / Jun 29, 2015 at 3:01 PM
  • Flag_of_Texas.svg

    Gay Marriage, Supreme Court

    Dear Texas: You Know You ARE Actually Part Of The United States, Right?

    Of course Texas has its own interpretation of how marriage equality should apply…

    67 Comments / / Jun 29, 2015 at 9:49 AM
  • rainbow flag court

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.26.15

    * Oh, the Onion… what would I do without you? Their take on gay marriage is masterful, as always. [Onion]

    * Conservatives, troubled with the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, vow to move to Canada. There’s only one teeny, tiny problem with their plan… about a decade in the making. [BuzzFeed]

    * Of all the arrogant, jiggery-pokery, pure applesauce, Putsch! Find out exactly how Justice Scalia would mock you in this fun insult generator. [Slate]

    * Some Alabama counties have come up with a crackerjack way to avoid marrying same sex couples. [Vox]

    * The only way to get to today’s historical gay marriage case was to defeat the nomination of Judge Robert Bork, and Reagan aides always suspected this would happen. [Roll Call]

    * For marriage equality fans with a sweet tooth. [Ben & Jerry’s]

    * Surely you jest! Justice Scalia? Intellectually inconsistent to fit a political agenda? Pshaw. [BloombergView]

    * A handy guide to today’s landmark SCOTUS decision. [Legal IO]

    * News you can use: what is the legal status of cursing at cops? [The Marshall Project]

    36 Comments / / Jun 26, 2015 at 4:58 PM
  • gay marriage hands

    Gay, Gay Marriage

    Thank You, All You Bigots Who Helped Pass Prop 8

    The gay marriage victory couldn’t have happened without their opponents.

    0 Comments / / Jun 26, 2015 at 4:06 PM
  • Staci and Chris Wedding

    Gay Marriage, Weddings

    How Gay Marriage Has Changed My Traditional Marriage

    When Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced the decision in Obergefell this morning, I, like many Americans, cried.

    49 Comments / / Jun 26, 2015 at 2:59 PM
  • John Roberts LF Chief Justice John Roberts

    Gay Marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Chief Justice Roberts Tries To Be Respectful, Fails

    The Chief Justice dissented in the landmark gay marriage case, but seems to be forgetting something…

    22 Comments / / Jun 26, 2015 at 11:56 AM
  • Holding hands with my secret fiancé.

    Gay Marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Marriage Equality Nationwide

    Congratulations to Jim Obergefell and all the parties and their lawyers on this historic win.

    187 Comments / / Jun 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM
  • rainbow flag

    Gay Marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Why The Same-Sex Marriage Decision Will Likely Come Out On June 26

    Will June 26 become known as “Justice Anthony Kennedy Day” for the LGBT community?

    69 Comments / / Jun 25, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • student-loan-debt-e1414612604341

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.17.15

    * With student loan forgiveness earning public approval, the other shoe had to drop. Critics campaigning that any escape is “welfare.” If you were grasping for the proper pejorative it’s “Homecoming Queen.” [Concurring Opinions]

    * Hot mic alert! Lawyer broadcasts during recess that prosecutor is “in my pocket.” Only to the extent the prosecutor is now up your ass. [ABA Journal]

    * Maybe there’s hope for sentencing reform: 130 former judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officials sign a letter advocating for the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015. The key is “former.” I’ll bet while they were running for office harsh sentencing was a-OK. [Sentencing Law and Policy]

    * Using the show Serial to teach good brief writing. [Legal Writing Pro]

    * Had you considered the marriage equality dimensions of Kerry v. Din? Me neither. But Professor Dorf did. [Verdict]

    * Law schools are increasingly hiring deans from within. Just another way of keeping Elie out of that dean’s job he wants so badly. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * What to do when hiring a contract attorney? Hm. Look for fear and desperation? Oh… oh, you’re being serious about ethics and stuff. [Daily Report]

    * The best description of the conservative argument in King: “the card says ‘Moops.'” [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia02fGpUQfU

    10 Comments / / Jun 17, 2015 at 5:05 PM
  • Veep-S02-720p-1080p-WEB-DL-Bluray-HDTV

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.16.15

    * The season finale of Veep offered a fun lesson in constitutional law. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * When the Supreme Court hands down Obergefell, will it punt the case by acknowledging a new layer of scrutiny? [Slate]

    * Kash Hill on Hulk Hogan’s suit against Gawker. Is a sex tape newsworthy if the guy’s bragging about his sex life on Howard Stern? [Fusion]

    * Florida and Florida State football players routinely circumvent the criminal justice system. Which… everyone kind of knew already. [ESPN]

    * Why “free IDs” are anything but. [Election Law Blog]

    * Did it hurt? When you fell from heaven? [Legal Juice]

    * Take this survey to put the time-worn law firm mantra of “collegial and collaborative” to the test. [Adam Smith, Esq.]

    * Bruce MacEwen of the aforementioned Adam Smith, Esq. breaks down the Am Law 200. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDI7okOMlYs

    12 Comments / / Jun 16, 2015 at 5:28 PM
  • Semi automatic handgun and pistol cartridges

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.12.15

    * Judge James Bascue, formerly of the Los Angeles Superior Court, was arrested after an armed standoff with police. [LA Daily News]

    * In the same vein as Elie’s piece on the financial costs of leaving the law, here’s a talk about the status hit you take leaving your profession. [Escape the City]

    * Is it possible for law school to be a breeding ground for social justice warriors? [Law at the Margins]

    * Could Gawker media be the biggest victory of Hulk Hogan’s career? [Capital New York]

    * The Supreme Court agreed to hear Shapiro v. Mack, regarding the proper role of three-judge district courts, which is a much bigger deal than it might seem. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * He’s been trying to get you to pay attention to the importance of knowing your client for years. Maybe some out-of-context cheesecake will help. [What About Clients?]

    * Today is Loving Day — the 45th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia — the day when the entire country laments the erosion of states’ rights… or something like that. [Slate]

    14 Comments / / Jun 12, 2015 at 4:55 PM
  • gay marriage cake

    Gay Marriage

    Does The Equal Protection Clause Require States To Issue Licenses For Same-Sex Marriages?

    Intelligence Squared hosts a debate on the constitutionality of marriage equality. Watch the debate live here.

    34 Comments / / Jun 2, 2015 at 6:12 PM
  • sexy anonymous lawyer LF

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.29.15

    * Out-of-state mistress had insufficient contacts with the state for wife’s alienation of affection tort. Hos in different area codes: it’s not a saying, it’s a legal doctrine. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * The Orange County D.A.’s office took withholding evidence to a whole new level. Actually, probably more frightening, this behavior probably isn’t all that uncommon. [Slate]

    * Lawyer making six figures lectures law school grads about how they need to take public service jobs. [The Legal Watchdog]

    * Prince Harry’s ex has left Allen & Overy. What’s the next career move for Chelsy Davy? DJ. Rich people make the best life decisions. [Legal Cheek]

    * All the ways that FIFA allegedly hid bribes. When it comes to hiding, I thought soccer would never top an NBCSN contract. [Screamer / Deadspin]

    * The Dersh talks about becoming a great litigator and discusses where his current legal battle stands. [In the Benches]

    * Why fight in court if the courts are so unfair? [Katz Justice]

    * On Tuesday, the Intelligence Squared debate series will tackle marriage equality, debating whether the Equal Protection clause requires states to issue same-sex marriage licenses. There are still tickets available if you wish to attend. [Intelligence Squared]

    * What will life look like after Earth’s next mass extinction event? And will they need lawyers? [What About Clients?]

    4 Comments / / May 29, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • "Oh, I see! You were just joking about defiling my daughters. How droll."

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.19.15

    * Yeah he told a client he’d waive his legal fees “in exchange for a sexual encounter with Client and her daughters” (emphasis added), but you know, he was “just teasing.” [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Hipster lawyers. Seriously. That’s how they market themselves. Their office is even a repurposed factory. They’re in LA now, but you know they’re just dying to move to Portland. [LA Weekly]

    * Are you following these Biglaw managing partners on Twitter? Because LOL totally RT worthy. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]

    * Three Wisconsin Supreme Court justices skipped out on Marquette’s swearing in ceremony. One more development in the ongoing bats**t insane happenings on that court that previously included “[conservative Justice] Prosser put his hands on the neck of [liberal Justicee] Bradley in front of four of the other justices as they argued about a case.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

    * I get called out for being clickbaity. But I’m really just indirectly teaching lawyers lessons in marketing they really should learn. [Law and More]

    * What would an interview with Tom Brady about Deflategate look like? [Coverage Opinions]

    * Bloomberg BNA introduced a new corporate law product that’s “set to dramatically change the workflow for transactional lawyers.” [Dewey B. Strategic]

    * President Obama’s immigration executive action should have kicked in today. It didn’t because the Fifth Circuit are a bunch of layabouts. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * The Irish same-sex marriage referendum hit a snag when someone realized the Irish language version would probably render heterosexual marriages unconstitutional. If you can’t write a neutral version of the law without encountering this problem… kind of proves a point, doesn’t it? [The Irish Times]

    * R.I.P. Bob Foster, former dean of University of South Carolina School of Law . [The State]

    9 Comments / / May 19, 2015 at 4:59 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.18.15

    * Uber is building a 70-lawyer in-house group. Constantly going to outside counsel got too spendy after partners instituted surge pricing on all billable hours over 80/week. [Law and More]

    * Justice Ginsburg presided over a same-sex wedding yesterday. Could she have tipped her hand on the upcoming marriage equality decisions by consistently emphasizing the word “Constitution”? The article begins: “The groom and groom strolled down the aisle to the mellow strains of ‘Mr. Sandman.'” The first time I read that I thought it said, “Enter Sandman,” which, admit it, would be a much cooler wedding song. [New York Times]

    * Professor Rick Hasen, for one, thinks that might be exactly what RBG just did, noting her history of offering sly hints about the outcomes of unannounced decisions. [Election Law Blog]

    * Is there a legal solution to save Charleston Law? That’s interesting, but the bigger takeaway from this piece is that one of the board members actually left the stage during commencement after the invocation denounced greed. You cannot make this stuff up. [Post and Courier]

    * Those pesky nuns. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Stanford’s student commencement speaker crowdsourced her speech. It was all going along fine until the 3 minutes segment where she just yelled, “Baba Booey” over and over again. [Forbes]

    * California releases its February bar exam results. The only thing in California lower than those passage rates are the reservoirs, amiright? [Bar Exam Stats]

    * Richard Hsu talks with Henry Bushkin, Johnny Carson’s lawyer and the author of a new book about the late “King of Late Night.” [Hsu Untied]

    * Happy birthday to Professor Joseph Crea of Brooklyn Law School who celebrates his 100th birthday today at the school. [SF Gate]

    17 Comments / / May 18, 2015 at 5:01 PM