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September 2, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Center for the Study of Law and Society Speaker Series: Fall 2014 Lineup




September 2, 12:26 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Ferring B.V. v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. (II) (Fed. Cir. 2014)

By Kevin E. Noonan -- In the second of a pair of decisions issued last Friday, styled Ferring B.V. v. Watson Laboratories, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a finding by the District Court that the generic ANDA challenger had not shown the asserted claims of the patents-in-suit were obvious, but...




September 2, 12:05 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Legal wars on abortion heating up

Nine months after the Supreme Court allowed enforcement of a Texas law that led to the closing of a third of all clinics in that state, a new courthouse battle over that same law is rapidly developing.  In a rushed motion filed on Sunday, the state of Texas took the issue back to the U.S. Court o...




September 1, 10:44 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Breaking News! Wise to Forward Salaita Appointment to Trustees!

We are getting reports out of the University of Illinois that Chancellor Wise is going to forward the Salaita appointment to the Board of Trustees for a vote on September 11. A group of Gender and Women’s Studies students reports the following: From GWS Undergraduate Stephanie Skora’s...




September 1, 10:44 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Breaking News! Wise to Forward Salaita Appointment to Trustees! Updated

We are getting reports out of the University of Illinois that Chancellor Wise is going to forward the Salaita appointment to the Board of Trustees for a vote on September 11. A group of Gender and Women’s Studies students reports the following: From GWS Undergraduate Stephanie Skora’s...




September 1, 10:31 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Inspired by His Father's Activism, Tim Wu Is Running for Lieutenant Governor as an Outsider"

"Inspired by His Father's Activism, Tim Wu Is Running for Lieutenant Governor as an Outsider": David W. Chen has this article in today's edition of The New York Times.




September 1, 10:25 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Decaying Guantanamo Defies Closing Plans"

"Decaying Guantanamo Defies Closing Plans": Charlie Savage has this article in today's edition of The New York Times.




September 1, 10:00 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Question of beard and religious freedom unites groups who've been opponents"

"Question of beard and religious freedom unites groups who've been opponents": Robert Barnes has this article in today's edition of The Washington Post.




September 1, 09:51 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "When Robert Bork called Congress suing the president a 'monstrosity'"

"When Robert Bork called Congress suing the president a 'monstrosity'": Michael D. Barnes had this op-ed recently in The Washington Post.




September 1, 09:47 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "NSA Phone-Data Collection Program Set for Legal Challenge; Panel of Federal Judges Is First Appeals Court to Address Controversial Program"

"NSA Phone-Data Collection Program Set for Legal Challenge; Panel of Federal Judges Is First Appeals Court to Address Controversial Program": Joe Palazzolo will have this article in Tuesday's edition of The Wall Street Journal.




September 1, 09:38 PM   /   Althouse   /   50 years ago this month: the first time Pete Townshend destroyed his guitar as part of an on-stage performance.

"Pete Townshend said it was an accident the first time he smashed his guitar. He was playing with The Who in a small cramped room at the Railway Hotel in Harrow, west London. The ceiling was damp with condensation, the room smoky, a smell of sweat and stale beer. The Who were playing 'Smokestack ...




September 1, 09:20 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Smoking in cigar bars, tobacco outlets ruled unconstitutional"

"Smoking in cigar bars, tobacco outlets ruled unconstitutional": The Lincoln Journal Star has this report on a ruling that the Supreme Court of Nebraska issued last Friday.




September 1, 09:12 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder retires"

"Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder retires": The Tennessean has this report .




September 1, 07:24 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Happy Labor Day

Celebrate by listening to the Weavers’ “Union Miners.” On top of everything else, it is beautifully arranged: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=rZVNCE9xtH4




September 1, 07:06 PM   /   Discourse.net   /   Secured?

I’ve purchased a certificate for the blog so it can run on SSL/TLS, ie have an https address. Little did I know how much grief this would cause. However, I only locked myself out of the blog once, and with … Continue reading →




September 1, 05:28 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "The Second Circuit Hears Oral Argument This Week in Challenge to Section 215 Surveillance"

"The Second Circuit Hears Oral Argument This Week in Challenge to Section 215 Surveillance": Orin Kerr has this post today at the "Lawfare" blog.




September 1, 05:26 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Court to weigh use of race in drawing political lines"

"Court to weigh use of race in drawing political lines": Richard Wolf will have this article in Tuesday's edition of USA Today.




September 1, 04:24 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on the computer."

Tweeted Ricky Gervais, after a big naked-celebrity security leak at iCloud. He's getting reamed for saying that. A smarter tweet from Lena Dunham: "Remember, when you look at these pictures you are violating these women again and again. It’s not okay. Seriously, do not forget that the person who ...




September 1, 04:16 PM   /   Althouse   /   "To me, bad teachers don’t do anybody any good. So the unions need to recognize that parents are not going to stand for it anymore."

Said Whoopi Goldberg today, Labor Day.




September 1, 03:48 PM   /   Workplace Prof Blog   /   Happy Labor Day!

I'd write more, but I'm actually laboring to finish an article. Not sure if that's appropriate, ironic, or just sad. -JH




September 1, 03:28 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion"

"The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion": Emily Bazelon had this cover story in yesterday's issue of The New York Times Magazine.




September 1, 03:26 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Abbott appeals abortion ruling"

"Abbott appeals abortion ruling": The Houston Chronicle has this report . Late yesterday, Texas filed this stay request in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit .




September 1, 03:18 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "You be the judge: Has the Eighth Circuit gone nuts?"

"You be the judge: Has the Eighth Circuit gone nuts?" Senior U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf had this provocatively titled post yesterday at his "Hercules and the Umpire" blog.




September 1, 03:16 PM   /   Discourse.net   /   Tech Progress Report

Blog migrated to a new server. Many things still flaky. Along the way I learned that I had 2.2 GB — yes gigabytes — of useless accumulated metadata for comments, caused by getting 1.5 million 2.1 million or so sp*m … Continue reading →




September 1, 02:53 PM   /   Althouse   /   In the buff.

"What color is buff?" I was asked recently, after I mentioned that the English dandy Beau Brummel mostly only ever wore the colors white, blue-black, and buff . I answered "in the buff," as if the color is the color of a random naked person, but I looked it up in the OED, and the relevant meaning...




September 1, 02:47 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Five Lessons from the Maryland Appellate Blog's First Year"

"Five Lessons from the Maryland Appellate Blog's First Year": Steve Klepper has this post today at the "Maryland Appellate Blog." *Spoiler alert* The post mentions the "How Appealing" blog.




September 1, 02:23 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "The Dubious Sources of Some Supreme Court 'Facts'"

"The Dubious Sources of Some Supreme Court 'Facts'": Adam Liptak will have this new installment of his "Sidebar" column in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times.




September 1, 12:30 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   NYU Legal History Colloquium: Fall 2014 Lineup




September 1, 11:37 AM   /   Workplace Prof Blog   /   LA to Raise Minimum Wage

The issue of the appropriate minimum wage continues to be a source of controversy. There has been little movement on the federal level over this question, but many states and local jurisdictions have acted to raise the limits. I recently...




September 1, 11:09 AM   /   Empirical Legal Studies   /   The Death Penalty in Connecticut

John Donohue's (Stanford) recent exhaustive work on the death penalty in Connecticut (forthcoming in JELS) provides a comprehensive view of one state's experience with the capital punishment. In addition to troubling findings about the death penalty's application, the paper also...




September 1, 10:53 AM   /   Althouse   /   That was the biggest hunk of bait I've ever seen on this blog...

... the first comment, totally off topic and saying obscene things about the Christian religion. Admirably, you talked about what I'd invited you to talk about , Ted Cruz saying "Sadly, the state of the world is the Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat." Said troll arrived just as Mea...




September 1, 10:31 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Steven Salaita and the Modern University




September 1, 10:10 AM   /   Althouse   /   At the elite level, the Supreme Court cogitates about the subtle psychological pressure to pray when a private chaplain performs an invocation at a government meeting.

Here, for example, is Justice Kagan dissenting in the Supreme Court case Town of Greece v. Galloway : A person goes to court, to the polls, to a naturalization ceremony — and a government official or his hand-picked minister asks her, as the first order of official business, to stand and pray wit...




September 1, 09:43 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Why Uber must be stopped/The touted start-up is proving to be the embodiment of unrestrained hyper-capitalism. What happens when it wins?"

Hysterical headline at Salon , illustrated by a photoshop of Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko and Leonardo Di Caprio as the Wolf of Wall Street, together at last, glaring at us rapaciously. Here 's Power Line's attack on Salon.




September 1, 09:22 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "The Supreme Court 'What-If' Game: Who could be confirmed in this political climate?"

"The Supreme Court 'What-If' Game: Who could be confirmed in this political climate?" Tony Mauro has this article in this week's issue of The National Law Journal. You can freely access the full text of the article via Google News .




September 1, 08:23 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Digital Labor & Rethinking Economics




September 1, 06:30 AM   /   Dorf on Law   /   Hate Crimes, Chemical Weapons, and the Persistence of Ordinary Language Concepts Despite Statutory Definitions

by Michael Dorf The recent 6th Circuit opinion in  United States v. Miller  provides an opportunity for discussiong a broader question about statutory interpretation: namely, to what extent, if any, does the ordinary meaning and use of a term bear on its legal meaning when the statute c...




September 1, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Klerman on the Economics of Legal History




September 1, 12:05 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Court Report

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. AstraZeneca AB v. Watson Laboratories Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-01051; filed August 15, 2014 in the District Court of Delaware • Plaintiff: AstraZeneca AB • Defendants: Watson Laboratori...




August 31, 11:52 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Conference & CLE Calendar

September 4, 2014 - "Patents and Export Control Compliance: Managing Risk and Avoiding Unintentional Violations -- Minimizing Export Control Liability in Patent Application Preparation, Development and Analysis of Innovation, and Licensing" (Strafford) - 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT) September 7-9, 2014 ...




August 31, 11:17 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Salaita By the Numbers: 5 Cancelled Lectures, 3 Votes of No Confidence, 3849 Boycotters, and 1 NYT Article

The New York Times has weighed in with a strong piece on the Salaita affair. This is significant for two reasons. First, while we in academia and on social media or the blogosphere have been debating and pushing this story for weeks, it hasn’t really broken into the mainstream. With a few e...




August 31, 11:17 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Salaita By the Numbers: 5 Cancelled Lectures, 3 Votes of No Confidence, 3849 Boycotters, and 1 NYT Article (Updated Twice)

The New York Times has weighed in with a strong piece on the Salaita affair. This is significant for two reasons. First, while we in academia and on social media or the blogosphere have been debating and pushing this story for weeks, it hasn’t really broken into the mainstream. With a few e...




August 31, 11:17 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Salaita By the Numbers: 5 Cancelled Lectures, 3 Votes of No Confidence, 3849 Boycotters, and 1 NYT Article (Updated Thrice)

The New York Times has weighed in with a strong piece on the Salaita affair. This is significant for two reasons. First, while we in academia and on social media or the blogosphere have been debating and pushing this story for weeks, it hasn’t really broken into the mainstream. With a few e...




August 31, 09:40 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Gov. Sam Brownback names former legal counsel Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Supreme Court":

"Gov. Sam Brownback names former legal counsel Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Supreme Court": Brad Cooper had this article in yesterday's edition of The Kansas City Star. Last September, Cooper had a related article headlined " Kansas Court of Appeals nominee Caleb Stegall has been labeled a 'crunch...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

A new issue of the Journal of Supreme Court History has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue’s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District Cour...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2 New Looks at New State Ice Co

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




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pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:16 PM   /   University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law aggregator   /   Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Faculty Blogs: Peter Scott Campbell's blog: 2

pA new issue of the emJournal of Supreme Court History/em has come out and as is often the case, that means there is a new article about Louis D. Brandeis. This issue#8217;s (volume 39, number 2) article was written by Jessie Steffan while she was a law student (she is now a clerk at the District...




August 31, 07:06 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   U.S.S. Maine Memorial

I've been meaning to talk for some months about a monument in Hillsborough, North Carolina. It's a monument mostly to the old state house and I guess Daniel Boone. But an inscription at the bottom is what really caught my...




August 31, 04:47 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Sadly, the state of the world is the Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat."

Said Ted Cruz.




August 31, 04:35 PM   /   Althouse   /   Bella De Paulo — author of "Singled Out" — notices her role in causing the marriage of Althouse and Meade.

"Weirdest Thing Ever – at Least in My Life/How could a book on single life lead to this?" Now here's something else weird.... My first idea for the title was, "Weirdest thing ever – at least in my uneccentric life." I think of my life as fairly ordinary and innocuous... But as many of you know, I...




August 31, 03:04 PM   /   Althouse   /   In the thunderstorm theater.

There we were, Friday night, out under the open, darkening sky at 8 p.m. in Spring Green, Wisconsin. The play was "The Importance of Being Earnest," and the weather forecast was: thunderstorms. As the winds stirred up the surrounding foliage, we of Row O had to strain to catch the Wildean wittici...




August 31, 02:45 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Name Changes

The Washington Post editorial page is no longer going to call the Washington Redskins by that name -- which reminds us all once again that names can change in all sorts of ways, sometimes even by others changing the name...




August 31, 12:34 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Texas looks to Supreme Court to block Confederate license plates"

"Texas looks to Supreme Court to block Confederate license plates": Today's edition of The Dallas Morning News contains an article that begins, "The legal sparring between Texas and supporters of a Confederate battle flag license plate has rumbled into its fifth year, even longer than the Civil W...




August 31, 12:30 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "After Supreme Court win over Riviera, man envisions floating homes"

"After Supreme Court win over Riviera, man envisions floating homes": The Palm Beach Post contains this article today.




August 31, 10:47 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Mickey Mouse is not a mouse. If you look very closely at him, you can see that he wears gloves."

"Mice do not have the capability, nor the desire, to put gloves on their hands. He also is depicted wearing a pair of shorts with large buttons, which a mouse would be unable to fasten given its mental limitations, not to mention the fact that it has claws without opposable thumbs. Furthermore, t...




August 31, 10:27 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Sunday Photoblogging: The Last Day of Summer

For some people, anyway. I don’t normally post photos with people, but this little girl was born right on this blog and look at her now! All grown up and going to Martha’s Vineyard. Everyone’s glad to be home in Singapore eating roti prata and murtabak, though. Well, no, I miss ...




August 31, 09:32 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   The peculiar status of PhD-employees

One thing that has struck me for years is the peculiar status of people taking a PhD-degree in the Netherlands (and in a few other continental European countries – I don’t know how many exactly). They are hired by the university, as employees, to write a dissertation, and help teach a...




August 31, 05:31 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Hoover channels LaRouche

Despite my attempts at zombie-slaying, the myth that Rachel Carson advocated and caused a worldwide ban on DDT, leading to the deaths of millions, keeps being reanimated. I came across an example that is interesting mainly because of its provenenance. It’s by Henry I Miller of the Hoover In...




August 31, 03:46 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Sunday photoblogging: Liverpool, St Luke’s Church steps




August 31, 03:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Sunday Book Roundup




August 30, 11:33 PM   /   How Appealing   /   In posts of interest from Eriq Gardner at the "Hollywood, Esq." blog of The Hollywood Reporter

In posts of interest from Eriq Gardner at the "Hollywood, Esq." blog of The Hollywood Reporter: Yesterday he had a post titled " Aereo Tells Judge It Can Beat Lawsuit Despite Supreme Court Ruling; The digital company also renews a challenge to the irreparable harm faced by TV broadcasters ." And ...




August 30, 11:04 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Endless Assault on Health Care Reform"

"Endless Assault on Health Care Reform": This editorial will appear in Sunday's edition of The New York Times.




August 30, 10:50 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Amish Beard-Cutters Were Criminals, Not Haters"

"Amish Beard-Cutters Were Criminals, Not Haters": Law professor Noah Feldman has this essay online at Bloomberg View. And at the "Balkinization" blog, law professor Marty Lederman has a post titled " Disturbing reversal of hate-crime convictions in Amish hair-cutting case ."




August 30, 10:12 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Prosecutor's 'lesbian' argument wins new trial for maid"

"Prosecutor's 'lesbian' argument wins new trial for maid": Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has an article that begins, "When a live-in household maid was charged with molesting her employers' young daughter, the prosecutor told the jury her motive was that she was a lesbian, 'attracted ...




August 30, 09:57 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "California Governor Appeals Court Ruling Overturning Protections for Teachers"

"California Governor Appeals Court Ruling Overturning Protections for Teachers": Sunday's edition of The New York Times will contain an article that begins, "Wading into an intense national battle that has pitted teacher unions against a movement to weaken tenure protections, Gov. Jerry Brown has...




August 30, 07:17 PM   /   Althouse   /   Houses made from bricks made of mushrooms.

"The mushroom brick is 'grown' by mixing together chopped-up corn husks with mycelium." Wake me up when you actually grow a house . Right now the mushroom house is in the courtyard of an art gallery in NYC. So I think I'll just get very small and curl up for a long rest on my cushiony toadstool: ...




August 30, 03:57 PM   /   Althouse   /   "If the hate-crimes law is used to punish intra-religious crimes, it could change from a shield to protect minorities into a weapon against them."

"Religious groups whose beliefs pervade their whole world view see everyone in terms of religion. Any assault they commit might be considered a federal crime," writes Noah Feldman , defending the 6th Circuit's reversal of the conviction in the Amish beard-cutting case. The defendants in the Amish...




August 30, 03:46 PM   /   Althouse   /   "A lost chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral... has been published for the first time."

"In the chapter Charlie Bucket – accompanied by his mother, not his sprightly grandfather – and the other children are led into the Vanilla Fudge Room, where they face the sinister prospect of the Pounding and Cutting Room." "In the centre of the room there was an actual mountain, a colossal jagg...




August 30, 01:52 PM   /   Althouse   /   "The Wanderer..."

"... sings the blues."




August 30, 11:12 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read."

"Benghazi, Robin Williams, Islam, Twitter, and a convicted bomber from the 1970s came together in a court case against right-wing bloggers." Thanks to David Weigel for presenting this story, which I've avoided blogging because of its complexity and moral ambiguity. Where do you start? I've only c...




August 30, 10:46 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The problem is I'm black.... No it really is because I didn't do anything wrong."

"I'm not sitting there with a group of people. I'm sitting there by myself… not causing a problem with anyone."




August 30, 10:13 AM   /   Althouse   /   "And you may find yourself in a beautiful Oval Office..."

And you may find yourself in a beautiful Oval Office... pic.twitter.com/m7N8DDQrZe — Doktor Zoom (@DoktorZoom) August 28, 2014 From "Twitter Nation distracted by president's suit." I'm not distracted by the tan suit. I'm distracted by the distraction over the suit. They say Obama said he had no s...




August 30, 01:19 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   American Exceptionalism – A Double-Edged Word

I’m not surprised some conservatives are upset about the AP American History test. But I am bemused by the strength of the axiom Stanley Kurtz would oblige us to adopt, to keep things from getting politicized: “America is freer and more democratic than any other nation.” (Althou...




August 30, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Weekend Roundup




August 29, 11:15 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   BIO IP & Diagnostics Symposium

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) will be holding its second annual IP & Diagnostics Symposium from 8:15 am to 2:30 pm on September 26, 2014 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town Hotel in Alexandria, VA. The Symposium will review the current patent law landscape and evaluate the impac...




August 29, 11:14 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Webinar on Prosecution and Diligence Strategies

The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Professional Development and Section of Intellectual Property Law will be offering a live webinar entitled "Charting New Territory: Prosecution and Diligence Strategies in the Wake of the AIA" on September 25, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (ET). Nicholas ...




August 29, 11:13 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Business of Biosimilars Conference

The Institute for International Research (IIR) will be holding its 15th Annual Business of Biosimilars conference from October 20-22, 2014 in Boston, MA. The conference will offer presentations on the following topics: Pre-Conference Day -- October 20: • Around the World in 1 Day: Emerging Market...




August 29, 11:06 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Video Chutzpah, defined

Stories have begun circulating about an incident in Minneapolis in January, in which officers seemed to escalate a situation in which a man was sitting in a restricted area near a public space, then used a TASER when he refused to give his name and attempted to walk away. Charges (trespass and "o...




August 29, 10:20 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Petition of the day

The petition of the day is: Kolon Industries, Incorporated v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company 14-77 Issue: Whether, under 28 U.S.C. § 455(b), the federal recusal statute, a federal judge is relieved of his mandatory statutory duty of self-disqualification simply because neither party filed a...




August 29, 07:19 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Under pressure from nervous Democratic Senate candidates in tight races, President Obama is rethinking the timing..."

"... of his pledge to act on his own to reshape the nation’s immigration system by summer’s end, and could instead delay some or all of his most controversial proposals until after the midterm elections in November, according to people familiar with White House deliberations." The NYT reports. I ...




August 29, 07:09 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Rescuing the miners and the babies

On Monday I was having dinner with Robin Celikates and a bunch of PhD students who were this week attending a Summerschool on Dirty Hands and Moral Dilemma’s. Someone came up with the following case (none of us was quite sure about the author, but Derek Parfit seems like a likely candidate)...




August 29, 06:07 PM   /   Discourse.net   /   Could Be A Long Weekend

Gonna do radical stuff under the hood of the blog. Expect flaky behavior until I sound the all clear. Best case: all goes smoothly tomorrow and blog stop crashing. Worst case: on Monday I’m back where I started.




August 29, 05:16 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Call For Papers: Central States Law Schools Ass'n Scholarship Conference

This just in: The Central States Law Schools Association 2014 Scholarship Conference will be held on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 at the Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We invite law faculty from across...




August 29, 05:12 PM   /   WSJ.com: Law Blog - WSJ.com   /   Judge Lifts Freeze on Microsoft Search Warrant

A federal judge on Friday lifted a freeze on a ruling that enforces a search warrant against Microsoft Corp. for customer email stored in a company data center in Ireland.




August 29, 05:12 PM   /   WSJ.com: Law Blog - WSJ.com   /   Judge Lifts Freeze on Microsoft Search Warrant

A federal judge on Friday lifted a freeze on a ruling that enforces a search warrant against Microsoft Corp. for customer email stored in a company data center in Ireland.




August 29, 05:12 PM   /   WSJ.com: Law Blog - WSJ.com   /   Judge Lifts Freeze on Microsoft Search Warrant

A federal judge on Friday lifted a freeze on a ruling that enforces a search warrant against Microsoft Corp. for customer email stored in a company data center in Ireland.




August 29, 04:01 PM   /   Conglomerate   /   The Price of Corruption

Please don't think me a hypocrite, but despite being a proud, dyed-in-the-wool corporate type, I have penned a con law...




  

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