Supreme Court

  • Lawyers can juggle too!

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.29.15

    * The Dissent World: This is what happens when justices start being real… and stop being polite. Conservative SCOTUS justices weren’t interested in playing nice last week in their dissents. Just how much “personal dissension” is there among their ranks? [POLITICO]

    * “I knew I was a workaholic and law wasn’t for me, but the circus is.” A law school graduate who only goes by Paz is now working as a world-class juggler. Law school career services officers would really like to know if this is considered a J.D. Advantage position. [Grand Forks Herald]

    * A new nickname is being bandied about for John Roberts: “Umpire in Chief.” During his confirmation hearings, he said judges should be more like baseball officiants, and you could say that last week, all he was doing was calling balls and strikes. [New York Times]

    * SCOTUS may have issued a landmark ruling on gay marriage, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over as far as gay rights are concerned. Protip: Next time you make a historic decision, let lawyers know what level of scrutiny is being applied. [National Law Journal]

    * Some think what SCOTUS did with gay marriage was “simply putting its imprimatur on a practice that was already legal in more than two-thirds of the states.” People wonder whether the highest court will do the same with marijuana legalization. [24/7 Wall St.]

    16 Comments / / Jun 29, 2015 at 8:52 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
  • Porn makes Justice Scalia happy?

    SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    ‘Jiggery-Pokery’ Sparks #scalia4kids, Breaks The Internet

    Last night, I invented a hashtag and Twitter took off and ran with it. Here are some of the best.

    41 Comments / / Jun 26, 2015 at 3:38 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
  • Justice Scalia: get off his lawn!

    Antonin Scalia, Gay Marriage

    Reading The Mind Of Justice Scalia

    Justice Scalia is so mad about Obamacare and gay marriage that he’s slowly devolved into Dr. Seuss.

    39 Comments / / Jun 26, 2015 at 1:02 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
  • Grooms to be holding hands (photo by Tim Ryan Smith).

    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.

    192 Comments / / Jun 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.26.15

    * Step right up and place your bets, because there are still five major cases left on the Supreme Court’s docket. With two decision days remaining, we’ve got same-sex marriage, execution methods, emissions, Congressional redistricting, and guns on tap. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A Chicago attorney was arrested this week after a kiddie porn stash was allegedly found in his home. Good thing he resigned from his firm before being arrested. He probably wouldn’t have been able to meet his billable hours requirements while sitting inside of a jail cell. [Chicago Sun-Times]

    * California lawmakers passed the harshest mandatory vaccination requirements in the country — which include a ban on religious exemptions — and they’re waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the bill. Anti-vaxxers must be losing their minds. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Sorry to harsh your mellow, but Lloyd’s of London is now refusing to insure marijuana businesses due to conflicts between state and federal laws as to their legality. Current policies will not be renewed, and no new contracts will be issued. [Insurance Journal]

    * The ABA Journal wants to know about the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen a co-worker do while on the job or in court. This is a pretty easy answer here at ATL. I’ve seen Elie Mystal dancing around without his shirt on more times than I can count. [ABA Journal]

    25 Comments / / Jun 26, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • Obamacare RF

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.25.15

    * Some people are very, very happy with today’s Obamacare ruling. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * And some people aren’t. Ah, Sesame Street conservatism: single words must be sounded out in complete isolation. Forget all those sentences and what not. [Breitbart]

    * But this is the best quip at Justice Scalia’s newly dubbed “SCOTUSCare.” [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Law student cleared of hit man murder of ex-boyfriend. [Legal Cheek]

    * What the hell is going on in Massachusetts? Bar exam passage rates are in from February: 56.6 percent overall, and only 66.7 percent for first-time takers. That’s pretty bad when you consider that last year, those numbers were 80 percent and 87 percent, respectively. [Massachusetts Court System]

    * It’s been a while since we checked in on the weird and wild “Judge Bill Pryor and Gay Porn” kerfuffle. Now there’s speculation on the man who brought the pictures to the fore. [Legal Schnauzer]

    * It’s hot out there, man. [What About Clients?]

    7 Comments / / Jun 25, 2015 at 5:54 PM
  • 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?

    70 Comments / / Jun 25, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Supreme Court Justices

    Supreme Court

    SCOTUS Finally Gets The Recognition It Deserves

    Applesauce for EVERYONE!

    22 Comments / / Jun 25, 2015 at 3:12 PM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.25.15

    * Having trouble keeping track of all of the Supreme Court’s decisions this term? And which cases are left to decide anyway? Brush up your small talk skills with this handy, interactive SCOTUS decision tracker. [USA Today]

    * You always knew that Whole Foods was a ripoff. The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs announced yesterday they are launching an investigation into the price of prepackaged foods, the agency said the chain “routinely” mispriced food sold by weight. The DCA commissioner called it the “worst case of mislabeling” the inspectors had seen in their careers. [Law360]

    * Just in time for folks cramming for the bar exam to hit peak panic mode: 6 ways to doom yourself on the bar exam. [American Lawyer]

    * Judge Frank Easterbrook helpfully defines the differences between a gun and a kielbasa. You know, in case you get confused before your next cookout. [National Law Journal]

    * The Chicago Little League team that was stripped of its title amid allegations of cheating has filed suit against the Little League governing body to ensure that the rules of the game are fairly applied to all. [Yahoo Sports]

    36 Comments / / Jun 25, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • Justice Clarence Thomas

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.24.15

    * Justice Thomas parted with his conservative brethren on the Confederate flag case, but was it a product of his experience as an African-American? Don’t bet on it. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * A jury awarded $500,000 to a patient after doctors mocked him while anesthetized. For example, the anesthesiologist said, “I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit.” Maybe it’s me, but if he sued over that, it sounds like he absolutely deserved that punch in the face. [MedCity News]

    * This title says it all, “I Am An Adjunct Law Professor Who Teaches Five Classes. I Earn Less Than A Pet-Sitter.” [TaxProf Blog]

    * Have you ever wondered how blind people perceive and experience race? Really interesting findings from Professor Osagie K. Obasogie of UC Hastings Law. [Buzzfeed]

    * This may come as a shock, but a report finds that prosecutors cared more about securing convictions than protecting the public. [The Times-Picayune]

    * When we say the immigration system is broken, this is what we mean: 15-year resident with a Columbia Law degree about to be deported. [Vox]

    * In honor of the anniversary of Jaws last week, an examination of Quint’s legal duties to Brody and Hooper. When you consider his potential liability, perhaps he was better off getting eaten. [The Legal Geeks]

    * Federal government paying to scour sewage in Washington state to learn about pot usage post legalization. Note to federal government: they’re the dirty hippies, not you. [Seattle Times]

    34 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 5:30 PM
  • 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
  • In fairness, "Laser Coldplay" sounds pretty criminal.

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.23.15

    * Government argues that lasers are “insidious instruments normally used for criminal purposes,” which is… not true outside of Bond movies. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Local judge sues neighbors after “brutal donkey attack.” I guess you’d call this legal jackassery. [Seattle Times]

    * Eagles coach Chip Kelly slapped with $80,000 in back rent. His landlord claims he moved out too quickly because apparently she has never seen Chip Kelly in action. [The Legal Intelligencer]

    * Lost in Justice Kennedy’s comments on solitary confinement, Davis v. Ayala raised some important issues about jury selection. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Interesting post on lynching and legal realism. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Saint Thomas More on blogging. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * RMJ, the lawyer who revolutionized attorney advertising by taking In re RMJ all the way to the Supreme Court, has died. [Missouri Lawyers Weekly]

    3 Comments / / Jun 23, 2015 at 5:19 PM
  • scalia-hand RF

    Supreme Court

    Justice Scalia Has Horrible Motel Experience

    The travel gods must be frowning on Justice Scalia.

    9 Comments / / Jun 23, 2015 at 2:00 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