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May 25, 01:41 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Fight Racism. Confirm Clarence Thomas.

I’ve been reading Jill Abramson’s and Jane Mayer’s Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, the definitive account of Thomas’s confirmation battle, which came out in 1994. Here are eight things I’ve learned from it. Among the many surprises of the book i...




May 25, 01:00 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   CFP: Ocean of Law




May 25, 12:42 PM   /   Althouse   /   At Abby's Café...

... talk about whatever you want. (Note: Moderation is on this morning. Sorry!) More pictures of Abby at The Puparazzo, here . Also new over there, a Corgi and a white German Shepherd .




May 25, 12:39 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Jurisprudence and (Its) History




May 25, 12:23 PM   /   Discourse.net   /   Tracking Protection Greatly Speeds Firefox

Firefox’s optional Tracking Protection reduces load time for top news sites by 44%. How to turn on Tracking Protection: In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter. The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click … Continue reading ...




May 25, 12:11 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   The First Memorial Day (with a few thoughts on public meaning)

Union Soldiers Cemetery, "Martyrs of the Race Course", Charleston, S.C. Despite the “sales events” and “blow outs”, Memorial Day still holds a special place as an American holiday. My sense is that it remains a day when many people take...




May 25, 11:56 AM   /   Althouse   /   "George was also very depressed and told his mother that his life was so wretched that he would rather die."

''She said, 'So look George, if your life is so wretched, just go and shoot yourself.' So George went to the basement, stuck a .22-caliber rifle in his mouth and pulled the trigger.'' The bullet didn't kill him. It cured him. Not that the mother predicted that bizarrely fortunate outcome!




May 25, 11:48 AM   /   Althouse   /   "You can imagine how many times each of these men and women have heard a parent tell their child, 'Don't look. Don't stare at him. That's rude.'"

"I take these pictures so that we can look; we can see what we're not supposed to see. And we need to see them because we created them."




May 25, 11:46 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Turning sewage into drinking water gains appeal as drought lingers."

California gets ready for "indirect potable reuse." Instead of flushing hundreds of billions of gallons of treated sewage into the Pacific Ocean each year, as they do now, coastal cites can capture that effluent, clean it and convert it to drinking water. "That water is discharged into the ocean ...




May 25, 11:14 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Appeals court focuses on Virginia death row inmate's ability to handle daily tasks"

"Appeals court focuses on Virginia death row inmate's ability to handle daily tasks": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Arguments in a federal appeals court suggest that a Virginia death row inmate's claim that he can't be executed because he is intellectually disabled could turn on...




May 25, 11:07 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "TN Supreme Court to weigh public records case"

"TN Supreme Court to weigh public records case": Stacey Barchenger of The Tennessean has an article that begins, "A case pitting public records law and the privacy of crime victims and police evidence is before the Tennessee Supreme Court for consideration Thursday."




May 25, 11:00 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "What it cost Indiana to fight same-sex marriage"

"What it cost Indiana to fight same-sex marriage": The Indianapolis Star has an article that begins, "The state paid more than $1.4 million in fees to plaintiffs' attorneys in five federal court cases that challenged -- and ultimately helped overturn -- Indiana's ban on same-sex marriages, accord...




May 25, 11:00 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   JSLH 22 (2014)




May 25, 10:55 AM   /   Ratio Juris   /   A poem in the spirit of Memorial Day




May 25, 10:55 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Ruling may gut 'Obamacare,' but Republicans would feel the heat if millions lose subsidies"

"Ruling may gut 'Obamacare,' but Republicans would feel the heat if millions lose subsidies": The Associated Press has this report .




May 25, 09:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Barzun and Priel on Jurisprudence and Legal History




May 25, 08:52 AM   /   Althouse   /   The problem with "The Tolerant Jeweler Who Harbored an Impure Opinion of Same-Sex Marriage."

All Right, you've probably seen this Charles C.W. Cooke headline at The National Review for a story about a lesbian couple in Canada who ordered wedding rings and then wanted their money back when they found out the jeweler opposes same-sex marriage. When the couple “found out what he really beli...




May 25, 08:00 AM   /   proSOXblog - Headline News   /   In re Crimson Exploration Inc. Stockholder Litigation: Court Clarifies Application of Entire Fairness Standard

The Delaware Chancery Court dismissed Crimson Exploration, Inc. stockholders’ (“Plaintiffs”) class action lawsuit challenging a stock-for-stock merger between Crimson Exploration, Inc. (“Company”) and Contango Oil & Gas Co. (“Contango”). In re Crimson...




May 25, 07:01 AM   /   Althouse   /   "We don't wail when things go badly, nor blow off steam at every victory. The fight goes on, come good news or bad."

Memorial Day.




May 25, 07:00 AM   /   Dorf on Law   /   Ireland's Yes Vote on Same-Sex Marriage as Seen by the SCOTUS

by Michael Dorf Ireland's decisive referendum vote in favor of recognizing same-sex marriage is obviously important, indeed historic, in its own right. But inevitably one finds it hard not to see this through one's own lens . What lessons will and should be drawn here from the Irish experience? D...




May 25, 06:31 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Charleston Law School will enroll students this fall...

...while undertaking additional cost-cutting measures. It appears the School enjoys some strong support in the local Charleston community.




May 25, 12:58 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Patent Litigation Report Raises Questions

By Grantland Drutchas -- A recent publication by PricewaterhouseCoopers announced that patent suit filings in 2014 had reduced by 13% from the prior year, and concluded that this "dramatic shift" was "[d]riven by Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, which raised the bar for patentability and enforcement of s...




May 25, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Joseph on "Islamic Law and the Management of Natural Resources in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Ottoman Syria"




May 25, 12:28 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Staging Scalia: The Originalist misses the point of originalism."

"Staging Scalia: The Originalist misses the point of originalism." Law professor John O. McGinnis has this essay online at City Journal.




May 24, 10:00 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Plaintiffs from Utah's landmark gay marriage case tie the knot"

"Plaintiffs from Utah's landmark gay marriage case tie the knot": Jennifer Dobner of The Salt Lake Tribune has a news update that begins, "The couple at the center of the historic federal lawsuit that overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage in 2013 tied the knot on Sunday in a public wedding c...




May 24, 05:30 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Pentagon report predicted West’s support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS."

"Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to 'isolate’' Assad, rollback 'Shia expansion.'"




May 24, 05:00 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "For-Profit and Non-profit Organizations Should Enjoy the Same Civic Rights"

"For-Profit and Non-profit Organizations Should Enjoy the Same Civic Rights": John O. McGinnis has this post today at the "Library of Law and Liberty" blog.




May 24, 04:57 PM   /   Althouse   /   "One of the most entertaining searches youcan do on Spotify is for Hitler: There are tons of songs."

"A band called The Buttplugs wrote one about Hitler’s nipples. There’s one by Antony & the Johnsons ('Hitler in My Heart'), and one by Faith No More ('Crack Hitler”'). There’s the obligatory Mel Brooks number, plenty of punk, and a track by Bob Newhart. There’s a Churchill speech and a testim...




May 24, 04:57 PM   /   Althouse   /   "One of the most entertaining searches you can do on Spotify is for Hitler: There are tons of songs."

"A band called The Buttplugs wrote one about Hitler’s nipples. There’s one by Antony & the Johnsons ('Hitler in My Heart'), and one by Faith No More ('Crack Hitler'). There’s the obligatory Mel Brooks number, plenty of punk, and a track by Bob Newhart. There’s a Churchill speech and a testimo...




May 24, 03:37 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Maybe Freddie Gray Should Have Made Equality Arguments




May 24, 01:47 PM   /   Althouse   /   Bob Woodward: Bush did not lie about WMD in Iraq.

Today, on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace asked Bob Woodward about the questions the GOP candidates have been getting about Iraq: Was the 2003 invasion a mistake? Woodward answered: [Y]ou certainly can make a persuasive argument it was a mistake. But there is a time that line going along that Bush...




May 24, 01:21 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Panther Mound...

... Café... ... you can hang out all afternoon.




May 24, 12:45 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Ohio House bill would ban abortions spurred by diagnosis of Down syndrome"

"Ohio House bill would ban abortions spurred by diagnosis of Down syndrome": Today's edition of The Columbus Dispatch contains a front page article that begins, "Ohio could become the second state to ban women from having an abortion because of a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome."




May 24, 12:44 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Arizona Legislature, Congress at odds on redistricting"

"Arizona Legislature, Congress at odds on redistricting": Rebekah L. Sanders of The Arizona Republic has this report .




May 24, 12:43 PM   /   Althouse   /   A beautiful mind dies.

John F. Nash Jr. was 86. He invented a game, known as Nash, that became an obsession in the Fine Hall common room... [M]ost real world interactions are... complicated, where players’ interests are not directly opposed, and there are opportunities for mutual gain. Dr. Nash’s solution, contained in...




May 24, 12:35 PM   /   Althouse   /   "The one other Wisconsin politician with numbers like Feingold’s in recent years was former GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson at the outset of his own 2012 Senate race."

"Like Feingold, Thompson had been out of partisan politics for several years, making him a less polarizing figure. Like Feingold, he scored well with independents and did unusually well with voters in the opposing party." But in Thompson’s case, his popularity and crossover appeal didn’t survive ...




May 24, 12:35 PM   /   Althouse   /   "My first gym class scares me. The other kids seem to know what to do."

"They can climb ropes, hurl themselves at footballs and shriek with delight. I’m more of a ‘watching-from-the-sidelines’ kind of kid. But Mr Lee, our teacher, doesn’t seem to mind. He keeps giving me encouraging, kind looks. Like he knows I’m a bit self-conscious but he’s on my side and doesn’t m...




May 24, 11:45 AM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Causation Anonymity in Group Police Misconduct: No Conviction, No Justice, No Peace

Here in Cleveland, tensions are running high as the City reacts to a judge's decision, following a bench trial, that Police Officer Michael Brelo is not guilty of voluntary manslaughter or the lesser-included offense of felonious assault in connection with the deaths of Timothy Russell and Meliss...




May 24, 11:16 AM   /   Discourse.net   /   No Joke

As The Wall Street Journal recently reported, “There’s an Uber for everything now. Washio is for having someone do your laundry, Sprig and SpoonRocket cook your dinner and Shyp will mail things out so you don’t have to brave the … Continue reading →




May 24, 10:39 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Cotten-Picking, Rootin’ Tootin’, Sassafrassing…Guitar Hero

Elizabeth Cotten had an unlikely musical career. As a left-handed young girl she taught herself to play her brother’s banjo. Then she bought a guitar from Sears Roebuck at 11 and proceeded to play it Jimi Hendrix-style, upside-down. After getting married at 17 she basically gave up playing ...




May 24, 08:59 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Sunday photoblogging: Florence scooters




May 24, 07:14 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Figured I might as well post this since everyone is texting me. Yes, my portrait is currently displayed at the Frieze Gallery in NYC."

"Yes, it's just a screenshot (not a painting). No, I did not give my permission and yes, the controversial artist Richard Prince put it up anyway. It's already sold ($90K I've been told) during the VIP preview. No, I'm not gonna go after him. And nope, I have no idea who ended up with it!




May 24, 07:01 AM   /   Althouse   /   "These are the last days of Mecca. The pilgrimage is supposed to be a spartan, simple rite of passage..."

"... but it has turned into an experience closer to Las Vegas, which most pilgrims simply can’t afford," says Irfan Al-Alawi , director of the UK-based Islamic Heritage Research Foundation. "The city is turning into Mecca-hattan... Everything has been swept away to make way for the incessant marc...




May 24, 06:49 AM   /   Althouse   /   Taking ABBA as seriously as possible.

This essay — at NPR — is so over-the-top about ABBA that it's really very weird. I'll quote the last few sentences: Gay people particularly respect entertainers who cloak suffering behind carefully constructed artifice because it's a skill most of us are still forced to learn. ABBA concealed the ...




May 24, 06:38 AM   /   Althouse   /   The best and worst of the NYT article about the best and worst of the U.S. Presidents in their post-presidential phase.

BEST: cool illustrations (of John Quincy Adams, Teddy Roosevelt, etc.); appropriate selection criteria (do good work, don't undermine your successors, etc.); actually saying something nice about Nixon (a "purposeful post-presidency," becoming a "respected elder statesman"). WORST: Acting like the...




May 24, 06:16 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Hours after the Senate balked at reauthorizing the bulk collection of U.S. telephone records, the National Security Agency began shutting down..."

"... a controversial program Saturday that senior intelligence and law enforcement officials say is vital to track terrorists in the United States." That's the Senate, working according to plan — balking at bulk — acting through inaction.




May 24, 06:09 AM   /   Althouse   /   The "therapy" of exposing yourself to what is said to be a temperature of 200+ degrees below zero.

Cryotherapy — supposedly a fad amongst celebrities. Starting our Monday off right! A little #risenation and #cryotherapy with this gem, @chaseweideman. A photo posted by Mandy Moore (@mandymooremm) on Apr 20, 2015 at 11:34am PDT




May 24, 05:47 AM   /   Althouse   /   POTUS on Twitter... joking about Twitter...

... I don't believe in Twitter.




May 24, 03:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Sunday Book Roundup




May 24, 12:59 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   IPO Webinar on Estoppel at the PTAB

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled "Estoppel at the PTAB, with Judge Michael Tierney: Recent Decisions involving 325 (d) and 315 (e)1" on May 28, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (ET). Herbert Hart, McAndrews of Held & Malloy, Ltd.; Stephen Kuni...




May 24, 12:55 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Webinar on Patent Prosecution Strategies

The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Professional Development, Section of Intellectual Property Law, and Young Lawyers Division will be offering a live webinar entitled "Practical Patent Prosecution Strategies and Considerations" on June 23, 2015 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (ET). Ida Wahlquist-...




May 24, 12:50 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   AIPLA Webinar on Claim Construction in Mechanical & Chemical Arts

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) will be offering a webinar on "Claim Construction Caselaw Update: Mechanical & Chemical Arts" on June 9, 2015 from 12:30 - 2:00 pm (Eastern). Elizabeth K. Gemmell of Berenato & White, LLC and ​Barry J. Herman of Womble Carlyle San...




May 24, 12:45 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Webinar on Prosecuting Patents for Sales and Licensing

The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Professional Development, Section of Intellectual Property Law, and Young Lawyers Division will be offering a live webinar entitled "Prosecuting Patents for Sales and Licensing" on May 26, 2015 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (ET). Alexander Franco (moderator) o...




May 23, 11:14 PM   /   How Appealing   /   Second Circuit Clerk's Office, once again, has issues with keeping "under seal" opinion under seal

Second Circuit Clerk's Office, once again, has issues with keeping "under seal" opinion under seal: Nearly eight years ago, I was involved in one such incident , detailed here , here , and here . Something similar happened once again yesterday. As I previously noted in this post , yesterday the S...




May 23, 10:26 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Non-profit brings voting rights campaign to V.I."

"Non-profit brings voting rights campaign to V.I." Today's edition of The Virgin Islands Daily News contains an article that begins, "Quirks of federal law and a century-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling about the shipment of oranges keep residents of territories like the U.S. Virgin Islands from hav...




May 23, 10:21 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "In new open records case, Thomas Woznicki invokes 'the Woznicki rule'"

"In new open records case, Thomas Woznicki invokes 'the Woznicki rule'": Bruce Vielmetti has this front page article in today's edition of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.




May 23, 10:16 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Strict sentences come under fire in Pa. courts"

"Strict sentences come under fire in Pa. courts": Riley Yates of The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania has this report .




May 23, 10:12 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Local attorney on mission to win legal status, freedom for chimps"

"Local attorney on mission to win legal status, freedom for chimps": The South Florida Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale has this report .




May 23, 04:18 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Preclusion, ascertainability, and civil rights classes

On this post about class certification in the Alabama marriage litigation, commenter "Hash" began an exchange about the scope of that class, whether it was properly defined, whether it was "ascertainable," and whether it allows for some gamesmanship by class members to avoid preclusion. The class...




May 23, 01:52 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "As Americans become more liberal, will Supreme Court follow on gay marriage?"

"As Americans become more liberal, will Supreme Court follow on gay marriage?" Brad Knickerbocker of The Christian Science Monitor has this report .




May 23, 01:37 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Monkey Business Leads To Proposed Disbarment

An attorney who had misappropriated funds from beneficiaries of the estate of Chico Marx should be disbarred, according to a recent unpublished recommendation of the California State Bar Court Review Department. [The] misconduct arose out of his representation of Maxine...




May 23, 11:50 AM   /   Althouse   /   "All I know is that I don't trust police no more. No police. None. I can't recover from this. ...This verdict isn't real. This verdict is fake."

Cleveland cop acquitted of manslaughter.




May 23, 11:45 AM   /   Althouse   /   A juxtaposition.

A reader looking at this morning's Bloggingheads clips puts these 2 images together:




May 23, 11:29 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Early results suggest the Republic of Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum."

"If the change is approved, the Republic of Ireland would become the first country to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote." Nice work, Ireland!




May 23, 11:18 AM   /   Althouse   /   "If, in the end, the data do turn out to be fraudulent, does that say anything about social science as a whole?"

"On some level, the case would be a statistical fluke. Despite what news headlines would have you believe, outright fraud is incredibly rare; almost no one commits it, and almost no one experiences it firsthand. As a result, innocence is presumed, and the mindset is one of trust.... There’s anoth...




May 23, 11:16 AM   /   Discourse.net   /   Ireland Embraces Marriage Equality

Videos like this carry the day in Ireland’s referendum: How long before the entire US catches up?




May 23, 11:03 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I don't believe in Twitter."

The post title is a quote from me from that clip. This morning — the day after the dialogue — I'm contemplating the line to the tune of the old John Lennon song : "I don't believe in I-ching/I don't believe in Bible/I don't believe in Tarot..." etc., etc. "The dream is over...."




May 23, 10:52 AM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Charleston School of Law Will Enroll First Years in Fall 2015

Charleston School of Law announced yesterday that they will enroll first year law students this fall -- and also that they are laying off seven faculty. Cribbing now from the press release: This announcement is possible as the result of...




May 23, 10:49 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I mean, the consistent absurdism...."

"And I hope the people appreciate the convincingness of my physical comedy."




May 23, 09:49 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   False Tales Of Woe Lead To Consent Disbarment

An Illinois attorney has filed a motion for disbarment by consent on the following admitted facts In 2011, Respondent represented Staples the Office Superstore East (a subsidiary of Staples, Inc.; hereafter, "Staples"), the defendant in a personal injury action filed...




May 23, 09:28 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Is David Letterman a nihilist? Or just Midwestern?/Why Rubio wouldn’t have a lock on the Hispanic vote..."

"Will Bill drag Hill down?/Bob: We’ve played right into ISIS’s recruiting narrative/Did Obama bungle Iraq and Syria?Ann and Bob debate the merits of Twitter." That's the official listing of the topics — not exactly how I would put it — in this diavlog I did with Bob Wright yesterday. That's the w...




May 23, 08:31 AM   /   Althouse   /   When Monica put the move on Hillary.

From the Hillary email , strange delight about how The Wall Street Journal reporter Monica Langley got weirdly physical in an interview with Hillary: This will be exciting when it's FOIA'd... ::Monica grabs HRO's knee::... ::Monica again touches HRC's leg:: Monica: They think I'm so funny (lookin...




May 23, 08:30 AM   /   Dorf on Law   /   What would you do if you were a Supreme Court Justice?

By Eric Segall Last week on this blog, Mike and I  debated the role that personal values and prior law play in Supreme Court decision-making. This issue, of course, has been a major source of contention among legal academics, political scientists and Court watchers for generations. This disc...




May 23, 08:16 AM   /   Althouse   /   "What we see from the religious right is constantly is this projection, this shifting of responsibility..."

"You know... gay couples who want to marry present a threat to the institution of marriage. It's not straight couples committing adultery or telling each other lies about adultery... or divorcing that are a threat to the institution of marriage. It's same-sex couples who wish to marry that are th...




May 23, 07:57 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The body is first encapsulated into a fetal position in order to fit inside of the burial pod."

"The pod looks like an earthy piece of art, but really it’s a biodegradable 'casket.' Once the burial pod is buried deep underground a tree seed or a young tree is placed directly above, and from one source of life sparks another."




May 23, 07:49 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I have never loved being a part of something as much as I loved being a student-athlete at the greatest university in the world."

"I am proud to say I am a Badger for life."




May 23, 04:56 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Irritable Gestures

I have been a little loath to write this because Freddie deBoer already has a huge beef with our blog for some reason (I’m mean to Jonathan Chait?), but… Freddie deBoer recently wrote a post denouncing the less-hinged supporters of the proposed TPP, one of whom saw fit to compare Obam...




May 23, 03:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Weekend Roundup




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

On Monday the Court will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the Court’s May 20 Conference, followed by one or more opinions at 10. We will begin live-blogging shortly before 9:30.




May 22, 11:54 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Supreme Court of Canada orders new trial in child porn case; Donny Barabash, Shane Rollison of Alberta were originally acquitted of making child pornography as videos were consensual and for private use"

"Supreme Court of Canada orders new trial in child porn case; Donny Barabash, Shane Rollison of Alberta were originally acquitted of making child pornography as videos were consensual and for private use": The Toronto Star has this news update . Sean Fine of The Toronto Globe and Mail has a news ...




May 22, 10:32 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Petition of the day

The petition of the day is:




May 22, 09:57 PM   /   Feminist Law Professors   /   Bill Would Bar US Entry For Some Foreign Pregnant Women

Bill Would Bar US Entry For Some Foreign Pregnant Women That’s the title of this article from Law 360. Meanwhile, foreign men are free to come here and impregnate as many women as they like, obtaining exactly the same benefit supposedly attributable to US citizen offspring: i.e., in 21 year...




May 22, 09:51 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Draft Preface: Economics in Two Lessons

Over the page, the draft preface for my book-in-progress, Economics in Two Lessons I got some great comments first time round, but I can see it would be easier if I presented my drafts in a more orderly fashion, though not necessarily sequential. So, I’ll begin at the beginning. Comments, b...




May 22, 09:30 PM   /   Workplace Prof Blog   /   International Labor Law Conferences

There are two international labor and employment law conferences coming up in the next month or so. First up is the second Labor Law Research Network conference in Amsterdam, from June 25-27, 2015. You can see the program here. The...




May 22, 09:27 PM   /   Balkinization   /   "The Two Cultures" Lives on in Law School




May 22, 07:07 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Ridiculous Political Reporting on Legal Issues




May 22, 06:09 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Crooks says Roggensack threatened to throw justices off cases"

"Crooks says Roggensack threatened to throw justices off cases": Patrick Marley of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a news update that begins, "Days before three state Supreme Court justices skipped ceremonies to admit new lawyers to the bar, Justice N. Patrick Crooks accused newly elected Chie...




May 22, 05:09 PM   /   Althouse   /   Legalizing "blaze pink" to encourage women to try hunting.

A bill in the Wisconsin state legislature. ... a University of Wisconsin-Madison textile expert performed experiments for the legislators and determined that blaze pink is just as visible as blaze orange in the wild. Which party? Is that your question? From the linked article, it look bipartisan....




May 22, 05:04 PM   /   Althouse   /   "It's awfully unusual to see how dependent Democrats are in relying on former losing candidates as their standard-bearers in 2016."

"Wisconsin's Russ Feingold, Pennsylvania's Joe Sestak, Indiana's Baron Hill, and Ohio's Ted Strickland all ran underwhelming campaigns in losing office in 2010—and are looking to return to politics six years later. Party officials are courting former Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina to make a com...




May 22, 04:20 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Mississippi Supremes Call For Truce In Judge-Public Defender War

The Mississippi Supreme Court has held that a Hinds County judge did not have the authority to prohibit a public defender from practice before the court on grounds of alleged general lack of competence. Rather, such a determination is the...




May 22, 03:41 PM   /   Workplace Prof Blog   /   The Cost of Being Good at Your Job?

While I do not suffer personally from this problem, many of us out there are over-achievers that excel at their particular job. A recent study from Duke's Fuqua School of Business looked at these individuals, and concluded that there are...




May 22, 02:54 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Can a Law School Get Too Small?

One of the advantages of the ongoing law school crisis is that student body sizes have decreased at many if not most U.S. law schools. This is advantageous for students’ job prospects (as difficult as they continue to be) and,...




May 22, 02:43 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Akita Café...

... you can talk about whatever you want. (The photo is by Meade. See the whole sequence here , at The Puparazzo.)




May 22, 02:14 PM   /   TRUTH ON THE MARKET   /   The FTC’s Cardinal Health Settlement is Bad Antitrust Medicine and Highlights the Need for Additional Antitrust Guidance

On April 17, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted three-to-two to enter into a consent agreement In the Matter of Cardinal Health, Inc., requiring Cardinal Health to disgorge funds as part of the settlement in this monopolization case.  As ably explained by dissenting Commissioners Josh Wrigh...




May 22, 02:10 PM   /   Agricultural Law   /   Walmart Announces Policies on Animal Welfare and Antibiotic Use in Livestock Production




May 22, 02:07 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "We conclude that the content of New York's custom license plates constitutes private speech and that the plates themselves are a nonpublic forum."

"We conclude that the content of New York's custom license plates constitutes private speech and that the plates themselves are a nonpublic forum." So holds the majority on a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in a decision issued today. Today's ruling r...




May 22, 02:00 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Three by Ariens on the History of Legal Ethics




May 22, 01:58 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Tobacco Industry Picks Up Tailwind as Smoker Suits Dealt Setback"

"Tobacco Industry Picks Up Tailwind as Smoker Suits Dealt Setback": Margaret Cronin Fisk and Bob Van Voris of Bloomberg News have a report that begins, "A little-noticed ruling by three federal judges may have tipped the scales in favor of the tobacco industry's bid to put decades of smoker lawsu...




May 22, 01:55 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Tobacco Industry Picks Up Tailwind as Smoker Suits Dealt Setback"

"Tobacco Industry Picks Up Tailwind as Smoker Suits Dealt Setback": Margaret Cronin Fisk and Bob Van Voris of Bloomberg News have a report that begins, "A little-noticed ruling by three federal judges may have tipped the scales in favor of the tobacco industry's bid to put decades of smoker lawsu...




May 22, 01:51 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "U.S. court hands partial win to tobacco firms over judge-ordered disclosures"

"U.S. court hands partial win to tobacco firms over judge-ordered disclosures": Lawrence Hurley of Reuters has this report . Sam Hananel of The Associated Press reports that " Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects ." And Bloomberg News reports that " Cigarette Packs Must Co...




  

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