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July 7, 03:54 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Derp: An irregular verb

Following up on Noah Smith’s marvellous definition of derp, I thought I would add the first person to give the declension of this irregular verb I can’t see this happening You regularly restate your tight (low probability) prior He flerped a herp of derp The classic example, cited by ...




July 7, 03:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Fox on Counterpublic Originalism




July 7, 02:11 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Orientalism at the Font

I have a few observations about Asia, and living here and also traveling to nations other than Singapore. I have been mulling them over on this trip alone as I have no one to talk to (except everyone I meet, and it’ll astonish you to know I am a friendly, chatty person. Well, the friendly [...




July 7, 12:12 AM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   A New Book on Transdisciplinary Approaches To Law and Literature




July 7, 12:11 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Another Aleynikov Trade Secrets Case Ends with Narrower Statute

By Josh Rich -- In 2009, Sergey Aleynikov was a computer programmer employed by Goldman Sachs to write high-frequency trading code. He accepted an offer to join a new Chicago-based company, Teza Technologies. Before he left Goldman Sachs, however, he sent portions of Goldman's high frequency trad...




July 6, 11:36 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Lawyers, activists call chief judge's protest ban on Jacksonville courthouse unconstitutional; A new ban against some protests outside the Duval County courthouse has attracted some national attention and criticism"

"Lawyers, activists call chief judge's protest ban on Jacksonville courthouse unconstitutional; A new ban against some protests outside the Duval County courthouse has attracted some national attention and criticism": The Florida Times-Union has this report .




July 6, 11:25 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Is the Supreme Court Too Powerful?"

"Is the Supreme Court Too Powerful?" This "Room for Debate" discussion appears online today at The New York Times.




July 6, 11:20 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Court upholds EPA in putting Chesapeake Bay on 'pollution diet'"

"Court upholds EPA in putting Chesapeake Bay on 'pollution diet'": The Baltimore Sun has this report . DelmarvaNow reports that " Appeals court upholds Chesapeake Bay cleanup ." The Washington Post reports that " US appeals court upholds Chesapeake Bay clean-up plan ." The Daily Press of Newport ...




July 6, 08:58 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Tsarnaev defense asks for verdict, sentence to be overturned"

"Tsarnaev defense asks for verdict, sentence to be overturned": John R. Ellement of The Boston Globe has this news update . Reuters reports that " Boston Marathon bomber files motion seeking new trial ." And The Associated Press reports that " Condemned Boston Marathon bomber files motion for new...




July 6, 08:50 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Amazon must face trademark lawsuit over search results"

"Amazon must face trademark lawsuit over search results": Dan Levine of Reuters has this report . And Courthouse News Service reports that " Watchmaker's Amazon Suit Revived by the 9th ." My earlier coverage of today's Ninth Circuit ruling appears at this link .




July 6, 08:45 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Citi banker's brother-in-law loses insider trading conviction appeal"

"Citi banker's brother-in-law loses insider trading conviction appeal": Nate Raymond of Reuters has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.




July 6, 08:42 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Republican Christie criticizes high court's gay marriage ruling"

"Republican Christie criticizes high court's gay marriage ruling": Reuters has a report that begins, "U.S. Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said on Sunday Supreme Court justices of his liking would not have legalized same-sex marriage and would have struck down a key provision of ...




July 6, 08:35 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Supreme Court Justices Send Signals to Request Cases They Want to Hear"

"Supreme Court Justices Send Signals to Request Cases They Want to Hear": Adam Liptak will have this new installment of his "Sidebar" column in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times.




July 6, 06:08 PM   /   Consumer Law & Policy   /   Washington Court of Appeals Embraces Rule Requiring Evidence to Identify Anonymous Critics

by Paul Alan Levy In a decision issued today, the Washington Court of Appeals has embraced the broad consensus among state and federal courts holding that plaintiffs who want courts to force service providers to provide identifying information about anonymous...




July 6, 05:46 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Tweeting To Disbarment

Disbarment was imposed by the Louisiana Supreme Court for an attorney's online posts and use of a social media "blitz" in a domestic case These online articles and postings by respondent contain numerous false, misleading, and inflammatory statements about the...




July 6, 04:13 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   A Festschrift for Richard H. Helmholz




July 6, 04:11 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   The BigLaw Firm, Branding, and Television




July 6, 02:52 PM   /   How Appealing   /   Third Circuit issues opinion explaining the basis for its earlier order vacating injunction requiring Wal-Mart to conduct shareholder vote on a proposal to restrict firearm sales

Third Circuit issues opinion explaining the basis for its earlier order vacating injunction requiring Wal-Mart to conduct shareholder vote on a proposal to restrict firearm sales: You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Trinity Wall Street v. Wal-Mart S...




July 6, 02:38 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Feds and states in immigration fight split on SCOTUS ruling"

"Feds and states in immigration fight split on SCOTUS ruling": Josh Gerstein of Politico.com has this blog post today.




July 6, 02:34 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Live! From New York! It's Saturday Night!"

" Live! From New York! It's Saturday Night! " So begins a dissenting opinion that Circuit Judge Barry G. Silverman issued today from a trademark infringement ruling under the Lanham Act that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today. Because a Senior U.S. District Judge sitting...




July 6, 02:26 PM   /   Adjunct Law Prof Blog   /   New York Adopts Uniform Bar Examination

In case you missed it (I did), New York recently announced that it will utilize a uniform bar examination that is in use in 15 states. A New York Times article about this change is available here. I am not...




July 6, 02:21 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   What plaintiffs can sue for after Obergefell?

A same-sex couple sued the County Clerk of Hood County, TX in the Northern District of Texas on Monday, after they were denied a marriage license (purportedly because the office did not yet have appropriate forms). With several hours of the suit being filed, the office issued the license. Precise...




July 6, 02:21 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   What can plaintiffs sue for after Obergefell?

A same-sex couple sued the County Clerk of Hood County, TX in the Northern District of Texas on Monday, after they were denied a marriage license (purportedly because the office did not yet have appropriate forms). With several hours of the suit being filed, the office issued the license. Precise...




July 6, 01:00 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Vik Amar Named Dean Of Illinois Law

Professor Vikram Amar, of UC Davis Law, has been named the new Dean of the University of Illinois College of Law. Amar was one of three finalists for the slot - along with Laura Rosenbury of Wash U. (who has...




July 6, 12:14 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   When Corporations are Good People

I’m currently in the early days of a larger project looking more closely at corporate personhood and liberal pluralism. One of the first steps is getting clear on what corporate personhood even means and what about it, and corporate influence in politics and society more generally, people find ob...




July 6, 12:04 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Is it rude to tag people into Twitter arguments?"

"Let's just consider for a moment, the heart of the question. Is it rude to involve someone in a fight they didn't ask for and didn't choose?" Let's first assume that most people aren't combative psychopaths looking for confrontation and -- on the off chance they are -- they're probably pretty de...




July 6, 11:33 AM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Goldman Sachs Programmer Sergei Aleynikov's Saga to Acquittal - EEA and Secrecy Hysteria

Today marks the second time of a dramatic acquittal for Sergei Aleynikov, the Goldman Sachs programmer who was prosecuted and convicted first in federal court for economic espionage, served a year in federal prison, then had his conviction overturned. In my article, The New Cognitive Property: Hu...




July 6, 11:27 AM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Lawyers, Taxi Drivers, and the Collaborative Economy, Oh, My




July 6, 11:21 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Practice Pointer: Carefully Read Letters From Disciplinary Counsel

The New Jersey Supreme Court has admonished an attorney as recommended by the Disciplinary Review Board, The case involved an attorney who had his first brush with the disciplinary system in 22 years of practice. The DRB overturned a number...




July 6, 11:16 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Richard Glossip




July 6, 10:52 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Monday round-up

End-of-Term overviews continue to pour in.  Adam Liptak discusses the Term in an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, in which he notes that, although political scientists will say that the just-ended Term was a “liberal Term for the ages,” all of that could change next Term.  In The National Law Journa...




July 6, 10:39 AM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   More empathy

Paul closed comments on his excellent post on the distinction between empathy and sympathy (and, as a third element, compassion). I will just second Paul's remarks by recommending Thomas Colby's 2012 article in Minnesota Law Review, which I reviewed for JOTWELL. As I wrote here, this exchange bet...




July 6, 10:38 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "We Armed a Zoo: Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to bear arms; It took Jeffry Smith to test the law's limits."

"We Armed a Zoo: Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to bear arms; It took Jeffry Smith to test the law's limits." Danny Wicentowski has this cover story in the current issue of Riverfront Times.




July 6, 10:33 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "As death penalty debate reignites, Florida carves its own path"

"As death penalty debate reignites, Florida carves its own path": Michael Auslen of The Tampa Bay Times has this report .




July 6, 10:29 AM   /   Consumer Law & Policy   /   Recent announcements from DOJ's Consumer Protection Branch

July 1, 2015 - Virginia Resident Sentenced to Prison in Connection with Lottery Scheme Based in Jamaica June 26, 2015 - Former OtisMed CEO Sentenced for Selling Unapproved Surgical Devices June 26, 2015 - First Jamaican Man Extradited to United...




July 6, 10:26 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Judge not: GOP blocks dozens of Obama court picks; The standoff could diminish the stamp that Obama leaves on the judiciary."

"Judge not: GOP blocks dozens of Obama court picks; The standoff could diminish the stamp that Obama leaves on the judiciary." Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim of Politico.com have this report today. And in today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jonathan Tamari has a front page article he...




July 6, 10:10 AM   /   Consumer Law & Policy   /   White House looks to update GMO standards

The Hill reports: In a push to produce a more transparent regulatory process, federal agencies will review their standards for genetically engineered food, plants and animals, the White House announced on Thursday. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug...




July 6, 10:09 AM   /   Althouse   /   "[W]hat moves me [about women's soccer] is not a beautiful pass, or a bad refereeing call, or even the players’ backstories."

"What moves me is the players’ faces, and watching women want . ... And we need to see this, because when you’re in the act of wanting something badly enough, there isn’t room for self-consciousness. How you look, your stance, your hair, your makeup, whether you appear pretty, your sex appeal: al...




July 6, 10:04 AM   /   Consumer Law & Policy   /   First CFPB action against credit card add-on vendors

By guest blogger Jessica Ranucci The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed complaints last week against two companies that charge consumers for credit card add-ons -- such as “credit monitoring” and “identify theft protection” -- that the consumers never receive. The...




July 6, 10:02 AM   /   Althouse   /   "5 Common Vaginal Odors (and Exactly What They Mean)."

"... 5. Rotten Meat / Something Dying... GO TO THE DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY."




July 6, 10:01 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   UC Davis's Vikram Amar to be the new Dean at the University of Illinois

I'll post a link to a news release when one is available. Perhaps now that Illinois has appointed a distinguished Dean from the outside, those...




July 6, 09:56 AM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Empathy, Sympathy, Compassion, and Sentimentality (and Obergefell)

At The Faculty Lounge a few days ago, Calvin Massey had this nice, short take on empathy, the Constitution, and Obergefell. The post responded to a recent op-ed by Kent Greenfield, which argues that "[t]he difference between Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion [in Obergefell] and the lead ...




July 6, 09:50 AM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   LSU Law Dean And Chancellor Jack Weiss Steps Down

Citing "major policy differences" with a "vocal" segment of the faculty, LSU Law Chancellor and Dean Jack Weiss is stepping down at the end of the month. He has served since 2007,




July 6, 08:52 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Chief Justice John Roberts may be beyond reconciliation with conservatives"

"Chief Justice John Roberts may be beyond reconciliation with conservatives": Ben Wolfgang of The Washington Times has this report .




July 6, 08:49 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Liberal Minority Won Over Conservatives In Historic Supreme Court Term"

"Liberal Minority Won Over Conservatives In Historic Supreme Court Term": Nina Totenberg had this audio segment on today's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition."




July 6, 08:47 AM   /   Althouse   /   WaPo has a long article on Scott Walker's wife Tonette.

The tin-eared headline is: "Scott Walker’s wife, toughened by life, adds steel to candidate’s spine. " I'll live-blog my reading of this article and see what WaPo is up to. It begins: Tonette Tarantino’s year of sorrow came when she was only 30. First she lost the grandmother who helped raise her...




July 6, 08:42 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Wins, setbacks mark the path to nationwide same-sex marriage"

"Wins, setbacks mark the path to nationwide same-sex marriage": Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has this report . And The AP also reports that " Idaho's gay marriage ban remains in state constitution ."




July 6, 08:20 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Regardless of Harm

The Georgia Supreme Court accepted the voluntary license surrender of an attorney In the petition Barnes admits that he withdrew approximately $275,000 from his law firm’s trust account for his personal use, though the funds did not belong to him....




July 6, 07:41 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Jack Carter, a motor-mouthed comedian who became one of television’s first stars in the late 1940s and continued working..."

"... as both a comic and an actor, well into the 21st century, died on [June 28] at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 93.... " Mr. Carter (he took the stage name in 1941) won the Major Bowes radio talent contest with his impressions and was soon performing at nightclubs and theaters around...




July 6, 07:30 AM   /   Dorf on Law   /   Apple Music, Operating System Integration, and Antitrust

by Michael Dorf The breathless arrival of Apple Music  last week occasions this set of reflections on music and technology, with a few comments about antitrust law thrown in. To set things up, I recount my own experience with recorded music technology. I was born at the tail end of the Baby ...




July 6, 04:26 AM   /   Conglomerate   /   The SEC's Clawback Rule

The rule, authorized by Dodd-Frank, would permit companies to claw back compensation from executives if things go south. Or, more...




July 6, 02:19 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Conference & CLE Calendar

July 8-10, 2015 - Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2015: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing (Practising Law Institute) - San Francisco, CA July 9, 2015 - "Leveraging Post-Grant Patent Proceedings Before the PTAB -- Best Practices for Patentees and Third Parties in Inter Part...




July 6, 12:59 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   NAI & IPO Release List of Top 100 Universities Receiving Patents in 2014

By Donald Zuhn -- Last month, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) published a list of the top 100 worldwide universities that received the most U.S. utility patents in 2014. The NAI is a non-profit organization comprising U.S. and interna...




July 6, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Hovenkamp on "Classical" American Patent Law




July 5, 10:14 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Faith groups press GOP for response to marriage ruling"

"Faith groups press GOP for response to marriage ruling": The Hill has this report . And in related coverage, The Hill also has an article headlined " The next front in battle over gay rights ."




July 5, 10:04 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Greece, decision theory, and the sure-thing principle

Lots of people have raised the suggestion of applying game theory to the the Greek debt crisis. I haven’t attempted this, reflecting my general scepticism about game theory in the absence of a well-defined strategy space. But now the Greek government and public have made, what is, in effect...




July 5, 09:22 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Formal Poetry Contest Based on Scalia's 2015 Disssents

I can't vouch for this organization, but the challenge they pose sounds super fun. More information is available at: http://poetrybusinessmanager.com/1st-annual-scalia-dissents-formal-poetry-contest/




July 5, 07:43 PM   /   Althouse   /   "What happens next after the 'No’ vote in the Greece referendum/Will the eurozone collapse?"

Asks the UK Telegraph: A "No" vote is an endorsement of the left-wing Syriza government's view that the austerity package attached to Greece's bail-out deal is too harsh. Leftist opponents of “austerity economics” across Europe and beyond are rejoicing, as are critics of the EU’s bureaucracy, at ...




July 5, 07:37 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Some Russians miss their Australian rib-eye, others their Norwegian salmon, still others their Italian pasta, but it’s cheese that most yearn for."

"Its absence from the dinner table is a singular symbol of the new time — the time of Russia’s war with the West." It is cheese that Russians write home about when they go abroad. “It’s my first time in Europe after all that’s happened,” the journalist and filmmaker Inna Denisova, a critic of the...




July 5, 02:26 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "The trouble with the 'dignity' of same-sex marriage"

"The trouble with the 'dignity' of same-sex marriage": Law professor Jonathan Turley has this essay online at The Washington Post.




July 5, 02:23 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "The wrinkle in the Affordable Care Act decision"

"The wrinkle in the Affordable Care Act decision": Columnist George F. Will has this essay online at The Washington Post.




July 5, 01:33 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "A Gay Couple's Love, in Life and Death, Goes to the Supreme Court"

"A Gay Couple's Love, in Life and Death, Goes to the Supreme Court": Samantha Stark has this post (with video) today at the "Lens" blog of The New York Times.




July 5, 01:30 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Texas leaders' underhanded tactics may face U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny"

"Texas leaders' underhanded tactics may face U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny": Columnist Steve Blow has this essay in today's edition of The Dallas Morning News.




July 5, 01:28 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Time for TV in the Supreme Court"

"Time for TV in the Supreme Court": This editorial appeared in Thursday's edition of The New York Times.




July 5, 12:35 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   "The Constitutional Legacy of William Rehnquist"

Here is a new, short book from West (edited by Brad Wilson) that includes my chapter on Rehnquist's religious-freedom and church-state work: It might not have been foreseen that William Rehnquist would have a marked influence on the Supreme Court’s interpretation, construction, and application of...




July 5, 12:21 PM   /   Althouse   /   At Sister Stevie's fishing spot...

... you can get contemplative.




July 5, 12:14 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Colorado ballot measure seeks to limit gay marriages as civil unions"

"Colorado ballot measure seeks to limit gay marriages as civil unions": The Denver Post has an article that begins, "A proposed ballot initiative filed Thursday would redefine same-sex marriages in Colorado as civil unions. A second initiative would allow wedding-related businesses opposed to gay...




July 5, 12:11 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Breyer, Ginsburg Surprise on Death Penalty"

"Breyer, Ginsburg Surprise on Death Penalty": Kenneth Jost has this post today at his blog, "Jost on Justice."




July 5, 12:07 PM   /   Althouse   /   "I sat in the parking lot of my gym for 30 minutes reading that amazing, amazing piece."

"I'm rendered inarticulate by its power, by its purpose, by how fucking important it is and how I wish every person in this country would read it and really hear what he's saying. And, just, goddamn. It's so good. It references MLK in the same breath as Wu-Tang, and it's all woven together so fuc...




July 5, 12:03 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Radio Silence

I realize our blog was curiously silent when we were all thinking, “gay marriage—in your FACE bitches!” And, “isn’t it a good thing that not quite enough Supreme Court justices were swayed by a ludicrously weak argument first tendered in the spirit of ‘0bummerc...




July 5, 11:48 AM   /   Althouse   /   "'Teenage girls like to be obsessed with something,' Alyssa offers authoritatively."

"She is tiny, dark-haired, entirely sweet, and very pretty, with a Tinker Bell tattoo on her hip and a giant head. It’s not clear if she remembers that she’s technically a member of that group." From a Buzzfeed article with the horrible headline — in an 80s-style font that scares me — "Sexts, Hug...




July 5, 11:35 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me."

A Humans of New York photograph of a child that's getting a lot of attention on Facebook, including a response from Hillary Clinton . I find this very touching — the boy, not HC getting into the picture — but I'm averse to giving children this kind of open-to-the-whole-world attention. Who is thi...




July 5, 11:10 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   A Learning Tool

The Wyoming Supreme Court has imposed a public censure of an attorney for a series of incidents while he was intoxicated. It started with his car crash into a mechanical gate at the Sheridan airport. He had appeared to not...




July 5, 11:06 AM   /   Althouse   /   Just one more aspect of global warming you might want to worry about.

"The researchers showed that by incubating the bearded dragon’s eggs in very warm temperatures (above 89.6 degrees) you can trigger them to reverse sex." When the sex-reversed females mated with “normal” male lizards, the sex of the offspring was entirely determined by egg incubation temperature,...




July 5, 10:43 AM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   What Explains the Trend?

Thanks to all for engaging with my last post, which suggested that there is an increasingly prominent trend in U.S. tax law scholarship toward thinking about tax law through the lens of administrative law and administrative discretion. I take the points made by commentators that this trend may be...




July 5, 10:23 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Someone shouted a warning and he said blank the alligators."

"Whether it's a speed limit sign on a freeway, a fireworks message, whatever, heed the warning sign, follow that because a failure to heed that can result in a terrible tragedy for your family." That's first fatal alligator attack in Texas ever. ADDED: Here's Wikipedia's "List of fatal alligator ...




July 5, 10:11 AM   /   Empirical Legal Studies   /   ELS and the Supreme Court

Empirical legal studies’ impact was on display last week in the Supreme Court’s death penalty decision, Glossip v. Gross. In particular, there is a lively back and forth among Breyer (joined by Ginsburg) in dissent, and the concurrences of Scalia...




July 5, 10:01 AM   /   Althouse   /   My city's website is a tangle of bare, tanned limbs and jorts.

Here's the banner at the official City of Madison website right now: Click to enlarge. Is this a good photo for an official city banner? Yes, it conveys a positive image of Madison in the summertime. Yes, sexiness is nice and there are no heads of people who can complain that their photo was used...




July 5, 09:30 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Vallier on liberal politics and public faith




July 5, 09:04 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Sunday photoblogging: near Nant Peris, Snowdonia




July 5, 08:42 AM   /   Althouse   /   Which candidates do best in a crowd of selfie seekers?

From a NYT article titled "Facing a Selfie Election, Presidential Hopefuls Grin and Bear It" : Candidates can now spend an hour — or sometimes two, as Senator Rand Paul did last month in New Hampshire — exhausting a line of eager selfie seekers. Others, like Senator Ted Cruz, have learned to add ...




July 5, 07:24 AM   /   Althouse   /   "What Happens When a State Is Run by Movie Stars?"

Great question (in the abstract). I clicked. The article (in the NYT) is (in the specific) about Tamil Nadu, India. I'm linking, if for no other reason, because I flat-out love the photograph at the top. As for the text of the article... excerpt: One morning I met Shihan Hussaini, a karate teache...




July 5, 03:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Sunday Book Roundup




July 5, 02:45 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Locke and the Declaration

I didn’t take part in the book event on Danielle Allen Our Declaration, except as a commenter. But, as it happened, I converged on some of the central questions by a different route. For some time now, I’ve been writing critically about John Locke and his propertarian theory of libera...




July 5, 12:01 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   This week at the Court

The Court is in summer recess.




July 4, 10:20 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "The New Divisions in the U.S. Supreme Court: The justices this year seemed to be less likely to vote along traditional partisan lines, but bitter battles over philosophical ideals in recent decisions could be a sign of bigger wars to come next fall."

"The New Divisions in the U.S. Supreme Court: The justices this year seemed to be less likely to vote along traditional partisan lines, but bitter battles over philosophical ideals in recent decisions could be a sign of bigger wars to come next fall." Law professor Garrett Epps has this essay onl...




July 4, 10:18 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "The Activist Roberts Court, 10 Years In"

"The Activist Roberts Court, 10 Years In": This editorial will appear in Sunday's edition of The New York Times.




July 4, 10:16 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "The Supreme Court and the Politics of Fear"

"The Supreme Court and the Politics of Fear": Linda Greenhouse will have this essay in the Sunday Review section of tomorrow's edition of The New York Times.




July 4, 09:16 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Happy 10th Birthday to the Blog!"

"Happy 10th Birthday to the Blog!" David Oscar Markus has this post at the "Southern District of Florida" noting that blog's tenth birthday today.




July 4, 09:14 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Reporters on 2014 Supreme Court Term: Reporters who cover the Supreme Court talked about the 2014-15 Court term, including key decisions and the personalities and interactions among the nine justices; They also gave their predictions for the next term.

"Reporters on 2014 Supreme Court Term: Reporters who cover the Supreme Court talked about the 2014-15 Court term, including key decisions and the personalities and interactions among the nine justices; They also gave their predictions for the next term." C-SPAN has posted the video online at this...




July 4, 08:38 PM   /   Althouse   /   "In a sudden reversal amid a stinging backlash, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP legislative leaders said they agreed Saturday to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back open records laws."

"Walker announced the decision in a joint statement Saturday with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and the co-chairs of the joint budget committee. They said that they're committed to open and accountable government." "After substantive discussion over the last...




July 4, 08:07 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Updating Agatha Christie




July 4, 06:30 PM   /   Althouse   /   "The political theory announced in the Declaration of Independence can be summed up... First come rights, and then comes government."

Lawprof Randy Barnett says adding 4 bullet points: • The rights of individuals do not originate with any government, but pre-exist its formation. • The protection of these rights is both the purpose and first duty of government. • Even after government is formed, these rights provide a standard b...




July 4, 05:28 PM   /   Althouse   /   "This idea that you must travel, as some sort of moral imperative, without worrying about something as trivial as 'money.'"

"... It’s aspirational porn, which serves the dual purpose of tantalizing the viewer with a life they cannot have, while making them feel like some sort of failure for not being able to have it." Writes Chelsea Fagan in "Why 'Don’t Worry About Money, Just Travel' Is The Wor...




July 4, 04:46 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Lawrence Hurley on the Supreme Court Term: Lawrence Hurley talked about Supreme Court decisions in the 2014-15 term, and whether they signaled a shift; He also previewed the 2015-16 term."

"Lawrence Hurley on the Supreme Court Term: Lawrence Hurley talked about Supreme Court decisions in the 2014-15 term, and whether they signaled a shift; He also previewed the 2015-16 term." Lawrence Hurley of Reuters appeared on this morning's broadcast of C-SPAN's " Washington Journal ." You can...




July 4, 03:39 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Wine, Soda Pop, and Law Schools - More on "Law Review Lift (Drag)"

Some time this month I will get to a relatively more serious topic, like textual opportunism, but for right now I'm still fiddling around with Al Brophy's ranking system. So that I don't bury the lead, let me say up front that I have played some simple-minded statistical games with Al's data. Wha...




July 4, 02:40 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Federal Judge: My Drug War Sentences Were 'Unfair and Disproportionate'; Nancy Gertner, who left the bench after 17 years, compares the damage caused by drug prohibition to the destruction of cities in World War II."

"Federal Judge: My Drug War Sentences Were 'Unfair and Disproportionate'; Nancy Gertner, who left the bench after 17 years, compares the damage caused by drug prohibition to the destruction of cities in World War II." Conor Friedersdorf has this article online at The Atlantic. Former U.S. Distric...




July 4, 02:32 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Poll: Support grows for states to ignore federal courts."

"Poll: Support grows for states to ignore federal courts." The Hill has this report . More information on the survey's results can be accessed here .




July 4, 02:30 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Was This Past Supreme Court Session 'A Liberal Term For The Ages'?"

"Was This Past Supreme Court Session 'A Liberal Term For The Ages'?" This audio segment featuring Adam Liptak appeared on Thursday's broadcast of NPR's "Fresh Air."




July 4, 02:26 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "The Thing President Obama Didn't Do That Helped Bring About Marriage Equality"

"The Thing President Obama Didn't Do That Helped Bring About Marriage Equality": Brianne Gorod has this essay online at Slate.




  

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