• 220px-Antonin_Scalia,_SCOTUS_photo_portrait-RF

    SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Is Justice Scalia Unfit To Serve? A Published Dialogue With The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Tayler

    Is Justice Scalia is unfit to serve on the basis of his religious beliefs? A debate.

    104 Comments / / Jun 23, 2015 at 5:48 PM
  • Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

    Supreme Court

    CNN Rouses The Ire Of The Supreme Court

    A CNN intern runs into a snafu involving SCOTUS and a GoPro.

    16 Comments / / Jun 23, 2015 at 3:58 PM
  • Spiderman horizontal

    Elena Kagan, Supreme Court

    Justice Kagan Cites Precedential Authority Of Comic Book

    Bookmark this post because now you know the proper Bluebooking for a comic book.

    12 Comments / / Jun 22, 2015 at 12:24 PM
  • Not my corner office! (Image via Shutterstock.)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.22.15

    * Everyone’s a winner at Nixon Peabody, especially the millennials! The firm is doing away with the corner-office model in favor of office space reminiscent of that of tech companies, where everyone’s offices — from paralegals to partners — are the same size. [Washington Post]

    * A former North Dakota Law student is suing the school, as well as several administrators and professors, because he alleges they dismissed him via email in May due to problems with his application. Man, that’s almost as harsh as a break-up text. [WDAZ]

    * Justice Kennedy knows a lot of people who are gay, but that doesn’t mean he’ll recognize a constitutional right to same-sex marriage just because of his circle of friends and colleagues. He’ll likely do it because he knows “how meaningful this is.” [New York Times]

    * The Supreme Court is currently considering an emergency appeal out of Texas after the Fifth Circuit refused to stay a decision that would all but close the vast majority of abortion facilities in the state. Give this law the good old coat hanger, SCOTUS. [Associated Press]

    * Last week, Justice Kennedy basically invited litigants to challenge the constitutionality of solitary confinement because it “exacts a terrible price.” Step right up and become one of the first to test the power of the SCOTUS swing vote on this issue. [Los Angeles Times]

    * “Having a woman leader is no longer exceptional.” The number of women law school deans is on the rise. They make up 40 percent of incoming law school leadership, and currently comprise 30 percent of all law deans. Nice work! [National Law Journal]

    * After pleading guilty to a felony count of vehicular manslaughter back in March, California lawyer Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti was recently sentenced to four years in prison for killing a cyclist while driving high on prescription drugs Xanax and Suboxone. [Daily Mail]

    27 Comments / / Jun 22, 2015 at 8:49 AM
  • Supreme Court 1

    Biglaw, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Biglaw Firm Suffers SCOTUS Defeat

    The Supreme Court delivers some bad news to the bankruptcy bar.

    12 Comments / / Jun 15, 2015 at 10:54 AM
  • Justice Samuel Alito

    Benchslaps, Samuel Alito, Supreme Court

    Samuel Alito Gets A Supreme Benchslap

    Uh oh. What kind of trouble has Justice Alito gotten himself into now?

    48 Comments / / Jun 12, 2015 at 1:14 PM
  • Which actors should play our nine justices?

    Movies, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Television

    Standard Of Review: Casting The Supreme Court

    Whom would you cast to play our current Supreme Court justices? Arts columnist Harry Graff makes his nominations.

    14 Comments / / Jun 11, 2015 at 4:22 PM
  • growing tax

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.10.15

    * The number of law school applicants and applications continues to plummet, with applicants down by 2.5 percent and the volume of applications down by 4.6 percent since last year. For the love of God, students are staying away for a reason. Do some research, people. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Lawyers may be thanking their lucky stars for loan repayment programs like IBR and PAYE, but when their cancellation of debt income comes back to bite them in the ass in the form of a “tax bomb” as early as 2032, they’re going to be crying for mercy. [TaxProf Blog]

    * If the Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage, life could devolve into chaos for gay and lesbian couples. Sure, SCOTUS could do that, or “a giant meteor could fall on [your] head in the next five seconds,” but one is more likely to happen than the other. [AP]

    * You had one job, Dean Cercone… ONE JOB! After recommending against accreditation back in May, the ABA convened this week to officially deny provisional accreditation to Indiana Tech Law. Its handful of students will be so disappointed. [Indiana Lawyer]

    * Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded not guilty in his sex scandal cover-up case and was released on $4,500 bond. Interestingly enough, the judge has volunteered to remove himself due to some potential issues over his impartiality. [New York Times]

    7 Comments / / Jun 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Porn makes Justice Scalia happy?


    Justice Antonin Scalia Is Here To Rain On Your Nazi Parade

    What a colorful commencement speech.

    19 Comments / / Jun 8, 2015 at 1:45 PM
  • Justice Clarence Thomas

    Clarence Thomas, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Clarence Thomas Stands Alone

    Justice Thomas’s contrarian ways reveal how threadbare many of his detractors’ most common criticisms are, according to conservative columnist Tamara Tabo.

    118 Comments / / Jun 5, 2015 at 6:22 PM
  • washington-dc

    Federal Government, Supreme Court

    Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/1/15: Final Waters Of The United States; Proposed RFS Returns; SCOTUS In June; & Immigration Executive Action Non-Action

    This week’s review focuses on two significant environmental regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    / Jun 5, 2015 at 11:30 AM
  • grade inflation

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.03.15

    * C. Michael Kamps, the man who filed a pro se suit against Baylor Law with claims that he was denied admission because his GPA predated grade inflation, recently lost his bid to get SCOTUS to review his case. It’s too bad — he seems like a total gunner. [ABA Journal]

    * If you thought that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the biggest celebutante justice on the Supreme Court, then you’d be dead wrong. According to Professor Rick Hasen’s research, it’s Sonia Sotomayor who’s stealing the spotlight at the high court. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Senator Elizabeth Warren, the queen of taking Wall Street to task, now has her sights set on SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White. In a 13-page letter, the politician called the former Debevoise partner’s tenure “extremely disappointing.” [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s arraignment was rescheduled from this Thursday to next Tuesday. No reason was given for the change, but maybe it has something to do with the fact that there’s still “no attorney of record” on the case. [National Law Journal]

    * Many doctors are hoping that tort reform will save them from litigating their malpractice cases, but there’s an easy alternative. In order to be sued less often, doctors should try to talk more to their patients. What a novel concept. [The Upshot / New York Times]

    21 Comments / / Jun 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


    Non-Sequiturs: 06.01.15

    * The “Stepford Hipsters” of Abercrombie & Fitch have to make reasonable accommodations for employees wearing hijabs. [ATL Redline]

    * The EPA is seeking comment to a proposal to limit the pesticide exposure of bees, yeah… I am sure a few labels will stop the coming global agricultural disaster that colony collapse portends. [JD Supra]

    * David Boies is leading a legal all-star team fighting the construction of a new Warriors Arena, guess BSF will be rooting for the Cavs. [San Francisco Business Times]

    * We love a dash of dry humor buried in an answer — classic rockers Led Zeppelin admit to being one of the “greatest bands in history,” deny other allegations. [Lowering the Bar]

    * On the rarity of Mark Fuller resigning from the federal judiciary — it is about a once-in-every-ten-years kind of an event. [Legal Schnauzer]

    * Creating laws to keep up with advancements in artificial intelligence is bound to be… complicated. [Legal Theory Blog]

    * Judge Alex Kozinski gets testy in a dissent, calling the result (denying insurance coverage for sunken oil barrels before they started actually leaking) “absurd.” [Trial Insider]

    15 Comments / / Jun 1, 2015 at 4:58 PM
  • Ilya Somin LF

    Books, Constitutional Law, Supreme Court

    Kelo v. City of New London And The Limits of Eminent Domain: An Interview With Ilya Somin

    Just how bad was the Supreme Court’s ruling in Kelo? Very bad, as Professor Ilya Somin explains in his new book.

    17 Comments / / Jun 1, 2015 at 3:46 PM
  • Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.01.15

    * A litigant with a Supreme pimp hand? Darius Clark, the man whose child-abuse case — which is currently before SCOTUS — will determine whether teachers may testify of behalf children, was indicted for allegedly running a prostitution ring from jail. [Northeast Ohio Media Group]

    * Judge Mark Fuller of the Middle District of Alabama was arrested last summer on domestic violence charges after his wife confronted him about an alleged affair with a law clerk. What a gent! He’ll be resigning from the bench August 1. [USA Today]

    * You can roll your eyes at Rand Paul all you want, but several key parts of the Patriot Act expired shortly after midnight because the Senate was unable to reach a deal to extend it. (FYI, DOJ may still use grandfathered privacy-poaching techniques.) [New York Times]

    * “Nothing changes. The system is disgusting. There is no due process.” Do you want to read the story that made Cuba’s government ban an American legal journalist from any further coverage of the country’s court system? Of course you do. [Daily Business Review]

    * “I can’t preserve caution in my delight with Ruth.” This is what retired Justice David Souter wrote about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s performance after her first week on the bench. He already knew back then that she was no-no-no-NOTORIOUS. [Boston Globe]

    * Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who recently resigned from Dickstein Shapiro following his indictment, was allegedly paying a former student “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to keep quiet about past sexual abuse at the politician’s hands. [New York Times]

    * Beau Biden, former state attorney general of Delaware, major in the Delaware Army National Guard’s JAG Corps, and son of Vice President Joe Biden, RIP. [Washington Post]

    56 Comments / / Jun 1, 2015 at 9:07 AM
  • Phil Alito small

    Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Philip Alito, Son Of Justice Alito: Where Is He Now?

    Philip Alito, son of Justice Alito, recently left Gibson Dunn for a new job; where is he now?

    31 Comments / / May 28, 2015 at 2:01 PM
  • Marilyn J. Mosby (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.28.15

    * As it turns out, Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore, has been a legal all-star for much of her adult life. Not only did she file charges against police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, but she won a case in front of Judge Judy. Watch the video below. [New York Daily News]

    * “No one needs more than 18 years in the high stakes and extremely powerful position of Supreme Court justice.” If you’re against lifetime terms for SCOTUS justices, you’re going to love Fix the Court’s new initiative for voluntary term limits. Who’d actually follow through with this? [Legal Times]

    * The DOJ brought a landmark case against FIFA officials, but there’s likely going to be a problem getting those who were charged extradited from Switzerland. Legal experts say it’ll be at least six months until we can get them in the U.S. penalty box. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Sure, Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former chief financial officer may have referred to the firm’s “fake income” and hoped for a “clueless auditor,” but come on, that doesn’t mean that he was involved in anything fraudulent. He’s just a really “blunt” kind of guy. [Am Law Daily]

    * UC law students are thanking Gov. Jerry Brown they’re exempt from supplemental tuition increases — “[they] are paying a ton already for [their] degrees.” Good thing legal education is in the toilet, otherwise they’d be paying the fee hikes. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his personal injury lawsuit against Wal-Mart over the tractor-trailer truck crash he was involved in last summer. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, but we imagine someone will leak them online soon. [Reuters]

    28 Comments / / May 28, 2015 at 8:40 AM
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


    Non-Sequiturs: 05.27.15

    * You down with R.B.G.? Yeah, you know me! Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore wants SCOTUS Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan to be impeached for having performed same-sex marriage ceremonies. Haters gonna hate. [Huffington Post]

    * Here’s a jury duty chart of those you’ll be forced to sit next to, from the “idiot who treats the Jury Foreman selection like a presidential campaign” to the “elderly woman who compares everything to an episode of ‘Matlock’ she once saw.” [Mandatory]

    * It turns out that the state trooper who failed to do anything about Josh Duggar’s criminal sexual activity with a minor and allowed the statute of limitations to run had a penchant for child porn. According to court records, this guy is… pretty damn disgusting. [Jezebel]

    * “May I please have some of that money you’ve got under the counter there, miss?” Are you really robbing a bank if you acted like a Boy Scout, asked nicely for money, and then received it — to the tune of $28,000? Kevin Underhill doesn’t think so. [Lowering the Bar]

    * If you’ve never seen a Dealbreaker dramatic reading before, then here’s your sneak peek. Watch “the greatest intern Wall Street has ever seen” invite everyone and their mother to a party via company email, and then fail in the most epic sense of the word. [Dealbreaker]

    20 Comments / / May 27, 2015 at 5:04 PM