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November 23, 12:01 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   This week at the Court

On Tuesday the Justices will meet for their November 25 Conference. Our list of “Petitions to watch” for that Conference is here.




November 22, 10:48 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Obama's overreach? Look in the mirror, Congress."

"Obama's overreach? Look in the mirror, Congress." Law professor Josh Blackman has this op-ed in today's edition of The Los Angeles Times.




November 22, 05:24 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   California Bar Pass Rate Drops

Is plunge the right word? I don't know. But in July 2013, first-time California law graduates passed at a 76% rate. First timers from out-of-state passed at a 64% rate. This July, California grads passed at a 69% rate and...




November 22, 04:11 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Lee's "Workplace Constitution": The Introduction




November 22, 01:20 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Constraints of November Café...

... this tablescape expresses the smallness of my perspective over the past week.




November 22, 01:07 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Legal battle over Prince Charles' letters reaches supreme court; After nine years, Guardian fight to force publication of 'black spider memos' to government ministers may be nearing end"

"Legal battle over Prince Charles' letters reaches supreme court; After nine years, Guardian fight to force publication of 'black spider memos' to government ministers may be nearing end": The Guardian (UK) has an article that begins, "A nine-year battle to force the publication of a set of secre...




November 22, 01:03 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Supreme Court Declines to Peek at 'Pole Tax'"

"Supreme Court Declines to Peek at 'Pole Tax'": The Texas Tribune has this report .




November 22, 12:52 PM   /   Althouse   /   FBI sting leads to the arrest of 2 men "described as reputed members of a militant group called the New Black Panther Party" suspected of buying explosives...

... which they were said to be planning to use in the protests that are expected to follow the announcement of the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri. 




November 22, 12:44 PM   /   Althouse   /   "A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly..."

"... in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees." Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that ...




November 22, 11:25 AM   /   Workplace Prof Blog   /   Jury Awards $186 Million in Pregnancy Bias Case

Pregnancy discrimination has been a visible area in the news recently. The EEOC has focused on this area, and the Supreme Court will look at a pregnancy discrimination claim later this term. To add to this attention, a California jury...




November 22, 10:40 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Judge rules against N.J. sports betting, but state plans to appeal"

"Judge rules against N.J. sports betting, but state plans to appeal": NJ.com has this report .




November 22, 10:27 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Aereo Investors Lose a $95.6 Million Bet on Future of Television; According to bankruptcy papers, Aereo has just $4.6 million in cash left"

"Aereo Investors Lose a $95.6 Million Bet on Future of Television; According to bankruptcy papers, Aereo has just $4.6 million in cash left": Eriq Gardner had this post yesterday at the "Hollywood, Esq." blog of The Hollywood Reporter. And today's edition of The New York Times contains an article...




November 22, 10:06 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Kagan discusses the Constitution, the Supreme Court and her time at Princeton"

"Kagan discusses the Constitution, the Supreme Court and her time at Princeton": Princeton University issued this news release yesterday.




November 22, 09:31 AM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Just watch the video

This article explains. I have nothing to add--skip to 22:38, when the respondent's argument begins. Somehow, law professors are to blame for this.




November 22, 09:01 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   January arguments, day by day

The Supreme Court on Friday released the schedule of oral arguments for the session beginning January 12.  Arguments begin at 10 a.m. each day; each argument will be for one hour.  There will be no afternoon arguments. The daily schedule, with brief summaries of the issues and links to case pages...




November 22, 08:09 AM   /   Althouse   /   #CelebritiesStuckInTraffic.




November 22, 08:03 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Oklahoma seeks faster health care appeal

The state of Oklahoma, arguing that the Supreme Court should consider the views of a state government when it rules on the legality of federal tax subsidies to be paid to insurance-buying consumers under the Affordable Care Act, has urged the Court to review that state’s case when it consid...




November 22, 08:03 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Oklahoma seeks faster health care appeal (UPDATED)

UPDATED 11:21 a.m.   The Oklahoma petition for review before the appeals court rules is here.  The state noted it is willing to have its case, if granted, put on the same briefing schedule as King v. Burwell, and asks for a quick response to its petition if the Court wishes a response.  The state...




November 22, 07:42 AM   /   Althouse   /   8 posts before dawn.

It's one of those mornings! And, strangely enough, I got plenty of sleep last night. If "last" is the right word. The night is just ending.




November 22, 07:37 AM   /   Althouse   /   What's wrong with this picture?

"If you’re not British, Labour politician Emily Thornberry’s resignation for posting a tweet of a house, some flags and a van may seem baffling. Here’s why it happened."




November 22, 07:31 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Almost every time I’ve talked to a reporter has gone this way: they had already decided the narrative beforehand."

"I’m never being asked for information — I’m being used for quotes to back up their predetermined story, regardless of whether it’s true. (Consider this when you read the news.) Misquotes usually aren’t mistakes — they’re edited, consciously or not, to say what the reporter needs them to say." Wr...




November 22, 07:14 AM   /   Althouse   /   Hazing and hunting on the Supreme Court.

"They hazed me, this is true," Elena Kagan said . They made her head of cafeteria committee: "It's not a very good cafeteria, so this is really just the opportunity they have to kind of haze you all the time. Like, 'Argh, you know, Elena, this food isn't very good.' " And it's her job, as the Jus...




November 22, 06:46 AM   /   Althouse   /   There's some evidence that birth control pills mute a woman's natural urge toward a man who is "objectively good-looking... by evolutionary standards."

They took 2 sets of women who were on birth control pills when they chose their male partners. Group 1 had objectively good-looking men, and Group 2 had objectively not-so-good-looking men. They stopped the birth control pills, and supposedly the women in Group 2 became less attracted to the men,...




November 22, 06:20 AM   /   Althouse   /   How Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush talked about illegal immigration in April 1980.

Via Reason, this is from the debate before the Texas primary, answering a question from an audience member about whether "the children of illegal aliens should be allowed to attend Texas public schools free": Transcript at the link. I was struck — perhaps because I'm also in the middle of reading...




November 22, 05:44 AM   /   Althouse   /   "To the extent that large-scale use of prosecutorial discretion is ever appropriate, it is surely so..."

"... in the case of helping people whose only violation of the law is fleeing poverty and oppression under terrible Third World governments. Few other offenders have such a compelling moral justification for breaking the law. I strongly support the legalization of marijuana and the abolition of t...




November 22, 05:35 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Do you not see that so long as society says a woman is incompetent to be a lawyer, minister, or doctor, but has ample ability to be a teacher, that every man of you who chooses this profession tacitly acknowledges that he has no more brains than a woman?

A quote from 1853 (from Susan B. Anthony) that appears in a NYRB piece by Jonathan Zimmerman titled "Why Is American Teaching So Bad?" Here's the second-to-last paragraph: Indeed, the biggest insult to the intelligence of American teachers is the idea that their intelligence doesn’t matter. “The ...




November 22, 12:59 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Program on Role of Patents in Pharmaceutical Innovation

The American University Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property is hosting a program entitled "The Role of Patents in Pharmaceutical Innovation: Lessons to Be Learned" from 4:30 to 6:00 pm (Eastern) on November 24, 2014 at the American University Washing...




November 22, 12:45 AM   /   Dorf on Law   /   The Inseparability of Policy Considerations and Resource Considerations in Federal Immigration and Marijuana Enforcement

by Michael Dorf I begin by establishing my disinterested bona fides with respect to the dispute about whether the president has authority to defer deportation of, and other enforcement measures against, undocumented immigrants in certain favored categories. I do not consider myself an expert in i...




November 22, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Weekend Roundup




November 22, 12:14 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Scabs, Scantrons, and Strikes at the University of Oregon

From the Department of You Can’t Make This Shit Up… Grad students at the University of Oregon are about to go out on strike. Last year, we talked here about how the faculty at the University of Oregon were trying to negotiate a fair contract with the administration. You’ll recal...




November 21, 10:24 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Petition of the day

The petition of the day is: Chandler v. United States 14-282 Issue: Whether conspiracy to commit a robbery, absent any overt act in furtherance of the crime, is itself a violent felony presenting a serious potential risk of physical injury justifying an enhanced sentence under the Armed Career Cr...




November 21, 07:10 PM   /   Althouse   /   "A hospital in eastern China offers fathers-to-be a chance to experience the pain of childbirth using pads that induce an electric shock."

"Free sessions are held twice a week at Aima maternity hospital in Shandong province, and about 100 men have signed up. Pads attached to a device are placed above the abdomen, giving electric shocks that induce pain."




November 21, 05:19 PM   /   Althouse   /   "The Mystery of Why This Dangerous Sand Dune Swallowed a Boy.

"When a boy suddenly disappeared into a sand dune, a scientist embarked on a quest to find out where he went." Title and subtitle of an article in Smithsonian Magazine. It's an interesting story, even though the dune "swallowed" the boy. According to his friend, the only other person who saw what...




November 21, 05:06 PM   /   Discourse.net   /   My Email is Down

Email to my usual UM Law address has been down for the last 24 hours due to multiple hardware failures of the law school’s network hardware. Barring miracles, latest projections don’t have it up until Monday if then. If you … Continue reading →




November 21, 05:05 PM   /   Althouse   /   "We must reclaim and retake feminism from our fellow idiotic women."

Said Ayaan Hirsi Ali. "... I condemn whole-heartedly the trivial bullshit it is to go after a man who makes a scientific breakthrough and all that we as women — organized women — do is to fret about his shirt?" Was #shirtstorm organized ?




November 21, 05:02 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Iowa's high court referees teen girls' fight"

"Iowa's high court referees teen girls' fight": The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that the Supreme Court of Iowa issued today.




November 21, 04:57 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Virginia Supreme Court rejects Huguely appeal; Herring hope conviction 'gives some comfort' to Love's family, friends"

"Virginia Supreme Court rejects Huguely appeal; Herring hope conviction 'gives some comfort' to Love's family, friends": The Cavalier Daily has this news update . And The Associated Press reports that " Virginia high court rejects lacrosse-case appeal ."




November 21, 04:55 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Undercutting the president’s staff at a time of transition to a new majority is pretty outrageous."

"For Krone to do this and there’s no retribution? Unbelievable." Said William M. Daley, Obama's former chief of staff, commenting on Harry Reid's top aide, David Krone, in the NYT article "Reid Unapologetic as Aide Steps on Toes, Including Obama’s." Mr. Krone said he was simply protecting Mr. Rei...




November 21, 04:36 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Two Rationales for Administrative Relief




November 21, 04:13 PM   /   Althouse   /   Wall Is Over.

"For years, Prague's Lennon Wall was a vibrant rainbow in the city, attracting artists and tourists alike with its prismatic graffiti. But on November 17, the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that peacefully ousted Communism from Czechoslovakia, Prague residents woke up to a very differe...




November 21, 04:05 PM   /   Info/Law   /   The Antidote for “Anecdata”: A Little Science Can Separate Data Privacy Facts from Folklore

Guest post by Daniel Barth-Jones For anyone who follows the increasingly critical topic of data privacy closely, it would have been impossible to miss the remarkable chain reaction that followed the New York TLC’s (Taxi and Limousine Commission) recent release of data on more than 173 million tax...




November 21, 04:05 PM   /   Althouse   /   "You're looking at them? Well, they're looking at you."

#57 in a set of 57 drawings — with captions — by women of their own breasts. Explanation of the project (in New York Magazine) here . From the comments: "Should do this for guys and their dongs."




November 21, 03:11 PM   /   Althouse   /   Mattel apologizes for its book "Barbie I Can Be A Computer Engineer."

"The portrayal of Barbie in this specific story doesn’t reflect the brand’s vision for what Barbie stands for." What was so terrible? Pamela Ribon unleashed the critique here . Despite having ruined her own laptop, her sister’s laptop, and the library’s computers, not to mention Steven and Brian’...




November 21, 02:52 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Cincinnati Law Dean Search

Our friends at the University of Cincinnati College of Law have posted information on their search for a new law dean here: http://www.uc.edu/provost/about-us/searches/law.html.




November 21, 02:13 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Executive Discretion and Congressional Priorities




November 21, 01:57 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   DOJ weighs in

Seeming to share my sense of where the burden should lie, Eric Holder released video urging law enforcement and protesters to collaborate on plans to keep the peace should protests occur in Ferguson. He reminded protesters that historically successful movements have relied on nonviolence, while c...




November 21, 01:55 PM   /   How Appealing   /   The Eleventh Circuit is halfway to a barbershop quartet

The Eleventh Circuit is halfway to a barbershop quartet: On September 16, 2014, The Orlando Sentinel published online an article headlined " Excessive force used in 2010 barbershop raid, appeal court says " reporting on the ruling that a partially divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Ap...




November 21, 01:23 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt seeks Supreme Court review of case against health care law; AG Scott Pruitt wants the nation's high court to add his case to one already under review of the subsidies given to people who buy healt insurance"

"Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt seeks Supreme Court review of case against health care law; AG Scott Pruitt wants the nation's high court to add his case to one already under review of the subsidies given to people who buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act": Chris Casteel has...




November 21, 01:20 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA."

"A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA; Jackie was just starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia when she was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party; When she tried to hold them accountable, a whole new kind of abuse began." Sabrina Rubin Erde...




November 21, 01:13 PM   /   Workplace Prof Blog   /   Facebook Looks to Create Workplace Network

Both the WSJ and BBC have recently addressed Facebook’s goal of creating a new workplace network. The network would be designed to converse with fellow workers, network with colleagues, and coordinate office materials. The BBC article highlighted the concerns of...




November 21, 01:00 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Teaching Copyright Law - Blurred Lines

"Blurred Lines," the summer hit of 2013, is the subject of a copyright dispute. The estate of Marvin Gaye claims that the composers of the hit song (Pharrel Williams, Robin Thicke, and T.I.) appropriated the song from the Gaye hit, "Got to Give it Up." Williams et all filed a declaratory judgment...




November 21, 12:23 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Is the Criminal Justice System Defensible? A debate between Judge Harvie Wilkinson III and Stephen Bright."

"Is the Criminal Justice System Defensible? A debate between Judge Harvie Wilkinson III and Stephen Bright." Andrew Cohen has posted this debate online today at The Marshall Project.




November 21, 12:00 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Kearley on an Obscure and Important American Legal Antiquarian




November 21, 11:45 AM   /   Sports Law Blog   /   Dr. Paul Withers proposal to address issue of NCAA athletes signing autographs




November 21, 11:43 AM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   “Clearly Established” Circuit Law in Good-Faith Suppression Cases

This week, I’ve been posting on the evolving connection between circuit precedent and “clearly established law” in both qualified-immunity and AEDPA cases. To round out the discussion, this post discusses related issues posed by a third doctrine: the good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule....




November 21, 11:33 AM   /   Althouse   /   A few thoughts on reading the transcript of the President's immigration speech.

1. What, if anything, is really changing? Here 's the deal: If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes – you’ll be able...




November 21, 11:16 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "SCOTUSblog on camera: Eric Schnapper (Part two)."

"SCOTUSblog on camera: Eric Schnapper (Part two)." After a day off yesterday in honor of New Jersey's having become the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights on November 20, 1789, "SCOTUSblog" has today posted part two of this interview at this link .




November 21, 11:11 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "House Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Health Law"

"House Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Health Law": The New York Times has this news update . USA Today reports that " House GOP sues White House over health care law ." The Associated Press reports that " House GOP sues administration over health care law ." And at TPM DC, Sahil Kapur ...




November 21, 11:00 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Hollander on Legal Education and Interdisciplinary Legal Scholarship at Princeton




November 21, 10:52 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Coming Soon: Posner on Posner, a Crowd-Sourced Interview."

"Coming Soon: Posner on Posner, a Crowd-Sourced Interview." Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal has this very interesting article today. You can freely access the full text of the article via Google . The interview will appear at the " Concurring Opinions " blog, and I will do my best to link ...




November 21, 10:42 AM   /   Neuroethics & Law Blog   /   The Law's Position on Free Will

Will advances in neuroscience radically transform criminal law? Stephen Morse believes they won't. To the extent neuroscience merely gives us a fuller picture of brain mechanisms, he argues, it ought not affect the law because the law does not require...




November 21, 10:31 AM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   UNC Law School Dean Search Announcement

The University of North Carolina just posted an announcement for our dean search. It is as follows: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites nominations and applications for the Dean of the School of Law. The Dean reports...




November 21, 10:25 AM   /   Discourse.net   /   DETEKT

EFF and other fine groups announce DETEKT, a spyware detection tool. It’s a joint project with Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, and Privacy International. Read the disclaimers and instructions carefully. Note also that they seem to be on a very short … Continue reading &#...




November 21, 10:21 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Recusal Ordered As Result Of Alleged Threats Against Judges

The New Jersey Appellate Division has reversed an order denying judicial recusal and ordered that the entire Bergen County judiciary be recused from a criminal case. The reason? The defendant has allegedly threatened the lives of two county judges. While...




November 21, 10:13 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   SCOTUSblog on camera: Eric Schnapper (Part two)

Specializing in Supreme Court advocacy; how Supreme Court arguments differ from any other; and what the Court does, whether interpreting the Constitution or a statute. “Just the way they say, ‘Battle plans never survive contact with the enemy,’ oral argument plans never survive contact with the C...




November 21, 09:34 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Are federal trial judges who write bluntly in law reviews, blogs, etc., 'flashers' who expose too much of themselves?"

"Are federal trial judges who write bluntly in law reviews, blogs, etc., 'flashers' who expose too much of themselves?" Senior U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf has this post today at his "Hercules and the Umpire" blog.




November 21, 09:34 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Law School Application Non-Disclosures Lead To Bar Admission Denial

The Ohio Supreme Court has denied an application to sit for the July 2014 bar examination but will permit the applicant to reapply at a later date. The problem involved the applicant's law school admission non-disclosure of alcohol-related incidents in...




November 21, 09:32 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "The Awakening of Thurgood Marshall: The case he didn't expect to lose; And why it mattered that he did."

"The Awakening of Thurgood Marshall: The case he didn't expect to lose; And why it mattered that he did." Gilbert King has this essay online at The Marshall Project.




November 21, 08:44 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Strategic Supreme Court Resignations




November 21, 08:32 AM   /   How Appealing   /   Access online the redesigned "Above the Law" blog

Access online the redesigned "Above the Law" blog: At this link .




November 21, 08:30 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "YLS students give mixed reviews of clerkship process"

"YLS students give mixed reviews of clerkship process": This article appears in today's edition of The Yale Daily News.




November 21, 08:25 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   More new lawyer jobs than grads in 2016?

Ted Seto (Loyola/LA) looks at the new BLS projections.




November 21, 08:17 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Supreme Court should rehear Abigail Fisher's case, put the issue to rest"

"Supreme Court should rehear Abigail Fisher's case, put the issue to rest": Columnist Jazmyn Griffin has this essay in today's edition of The Daily Texan.




November 21, 08:09 AM   /   Althouse   /   I missed the speech last night, and I'd actually wanted to watch it.

I was sitting in a chair right in front of the TV, and the TV was on (with the sound off), and we were ready to unmute it when the President appeared. We were reading iPads and not sure when the speech was supposed to happen, and then we realized it already did. It wasn't that we were looking at ...




November 21, 08:02 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Aereo Seeks Bankruptcy After Losing Supreme Court Fight"

"Aereo Seeks Bankruptcy After Losing Supreme Court Fight": Michael Bathon and Alex Barinka of Bloomberg News have this report . And Reuters reports that " TV streaming service Aereo files for bankruptcy ."




November 21, 08:00 AM   /   proSOXblog - Headline News   /   Conflict Minerals: On We Go: Challenge to be Heard by Full Court

On November 18, the U.S. Court of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed to  reconsider the last ruling in the on-going dispute of Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank and the implementing SEC conflict minerals rule (the “Rule”) (discussed here , here )and here ).  ...




November 21, 07:18 AM   /   Althouse   /   Obama looked so presidential, he looked just like Reagan.

Here 's the NYT right now: ADDED: The story at the top left, by Michael D. Shear, is "Obama, Daring Congress, Acts to Overhaul Immigration." That headline stresses the political interplay with Congress, not the reason for independent presidential action or the legal argument for it. The first wor...




November 21, 07:00 AM   /   Dorf on Law   /   A Farewell to Basketball

by Michael Dorf My retirement from my favorite sport looked nothing like Derek Jeter's retirement from his. There were no standing ovations, no sneaker ads, no ESPN encomia . That's fair enough. If not quite the second coming of Babe Ruth that some of his fans seemed to believe, Jeter was neverth...




November 21, 06:17 AM   /   Balkinization   /   What it is not: Dispelling the myths of the new DHS immigration initiative




November 21, 05:40 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Friday round-up

Briefly: At his eponymous blog, Luke Rioux cites Monday’s summary decision in Glebe v. Frost as an example of how the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act “forces federal courts to deny habeas relief even when a conviction is fundamentally flawed.” At Forbes, JV DeLong weighs in on King ...




November 21, 12:59 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Versata Software, Inc. v. Callidus Software, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

By Andrew Williams -- The Federal Circuit made it clear earlier today that district courts should freely grant stays in view of Covered Business Method ("CBM") patent reviews instituted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). In Versata Software, Inc. v. Callidus Software, Inc., the Court ...




November 21, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Call for Applications: Summer Session on Political Violence: Perspectives from Law, History and Political Theory




November 21, 12:05 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Love Come Down

I have all these songs cued up and stuff I wanted to say about The Dazz Band (it’s literally disco jazz! What is not to love?!), but then I listened to this track five times in a row today, and I thought, ‘Belle, old bean,’ I thought to myself, ‘why are you being so aintry...




November 20, 11:49 PM   /   Discourse.net   /   Why Obama’s Immigration Plan is Legal

Here, via Marty Lederman is the opinion of the Office of Legal Counsel underlying President Obama’s new ‘deferred action policy’ on certain classes of undocumented immigrants. Spoiler alert: the President is exercising powers delegated to him by Congress plus a … Continue ...




November 20, 10:15 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Petition of the day

The petition of the day is: Harris v. Viegelahn 14-400 Issue: Whether, when a debtor in good faith converts a bankruptcy case to Chapter 7 after confirmation of a Chapter 13 plan, undistributed funds held by the Chapter 13 trustee are refunded to the debtor (as the Third Circuit held in In re Mic...




November 20, 10:05 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "More Judges Question Use Of Fake Drugs In Sting Cases"

"More Judges Question Use Of Fake Drugs In Sting Cases": Erik Eckholm will have this article in Friday's edition of The New York Times.




November 20, 10:03 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Judge Won't Let SiriusXM Immediately Appeal Turtles Ruling; The hot-button legal issue is the unlicensed broadcasting of pre-1972 sound recordings"

"Judge Won't Let SiriusXM Immediately Appeal Turtles Ruling; The hot-button legal issue is the unlicensed broadcasting of pre-1972 sound recordings": Eriq Gardner has this post today at the "Hollywood, Esq." blog of The Hollywood Reporter.




November 20, 09:32 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Justice Kagan '81 discusses legal analysis, Court's perception"

"Justice Kagan '81 discusses legal analysis, Court's perception": The Daily Princetonian has this report . And The Times of Trenton has a news update headlined " Justice Kagan talks equality, justice with Princeton president, denies Supreme Court corruption ."




November 20, 09:28 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Dispelling the myths of the new DHS immigration initiative




November 20, 09:12 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Symposium on Administrative Reform of Immigration Law




November 20, 06:55 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   One Great Hack To Make Assigning Grades Easier

A friend on Facebook posted a link to a Clickbait Headline Generator and I found it irresistible. Unfortunately, you can’t plug in your own topic to get the clickbait treatment, but if you click a few times the gimmicks become...




November 20, 06:23 PM   /   Neuroethics & Law Blog   /   PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)

Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): How Bionic Technology Will Change What It Means To Be Human, Vox In The Popular Press: His Brain, Her Brain, Science Scientists Just Rediscovered A Long-Lost Region of the Brain, Vox Are Modafinil's Brain-Boosting Benefits...




November 20, 06:09 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   New same-sex marriage case at the Court

Lawyers for seven same-sex couples in Louisiana — some married, some seeking to marry — asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to review the case before it is decided in a federal appeals court.  The case, the lawyers argued, would widen the scope of the Court’s consideration of th...




November 20, 05:38 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   "Active Shooter"

My prayers and best wishes go out to the victims of the shooting at FSU for a speedy and complete recovery. Tragically such shootings have become common enough that universities and schools must prepare and plan for them. A couple of years ago I attended an "active shooter" training lecture whose...




November 20, 05:18 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Zick on public protest and Ferguson

The following post is by Timothy Zick (William & Mary), the author of Speech Out of Doors and the leading expert on public protest and the First Amendment. Many thanks to Howard for inviting me to weigh in on the events in Ferguson, Missouri. I’ll probably add just a few posts to his excellent co...




November 20, 04:52 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "5th Circuit refuses to reconsider Mississippi's abortion law"

"5th Circuit refuses to reconsider Mississippi's abortion law": The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi has this news update . And Reuters reports that " Appeals court order keeps Mississippi's sole abortion clinic open ."




November 20, 04:44 PM   /   How Appealing   /   Access online the audio of yesterday's Third Circuit oral argument in Christian college's challenge to contraceptive mandate opt-out rules

Access online the audio of yesterday's Third Circuit oral argument in Christian college's challenge to contraceptive mandate opt-out rules: You can access at this link (28.4 MB mp3 audio file) yesterday's oral argument in Geneva College v. Burwell . My earlier coverage of yesterday's oral argumen...




November 20, 04:23 PM   /   How Appealing   /   Supreme Court of Pennsylvania rules that the use of pre-arrest silence as substantive evidence of guilt violates a non-testifying defendant's rights under the Pennsylvania Constitution

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania rules that the use of pre-arrest silence as substantive evidence of guilt violates a non-testifying defendant's rights under the Pennsylvania Constitution: Today's ruling of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania consists of an opinion announcing the judgment of the court...




November 20, 02:44 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Judge Easterbrook delivers inaugural Scalia lecture: Interpreting the Unwritten Constitution."

"Judge Easterbrook delivers inaugural Scalia lecture: Interpreting the Unwritten Constitution." Harvard Law Today has this report . You can access on YouTube via this link the video of Seventh Circuit Judge Frank H. Easterbrook 's remarks.




November 20, 02:40 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "PA: Court Declines to Adopt R3: Products Liability."

"PA: Court Declines to Adopt R3: Products Liability." Christopher J. Robinette has this post today at "TortsProf Blog." Yesterday's ruling of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania consisted of a majority opinion and a concurring and dissenting opinion .




  

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