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The Volokh Conspiracy

The Volokh Conspiracy

By Eugene Volokh, Dale Carpenter, David Kopel, David Bernstein, David Post, Erik Jaffe, Ilya Somin, Jim Lindgren, Jonathan Adler, Kevan Choset, Orin Kerr, Randy Barnett, Russell Korobkin, Sasha Volokh, Stuart Benjamin, Todd Zywicki & Tyler Cowen.

http://www.volokh.com/
  • Jul 5

    [Eugene Volokh] The Declaration of Independence and God

    [Eugene Volokh] The Declaration of Independence and God
    People occasionally debate the degree to which the Declaration of Independence relies on religious references. The familiar “their Creator,” in “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” does…
  • Jul 4

    [Randy Barnett] Happy 4th of July! The Drafting of the Declaration of Independence

    [Randy Barnett] Happy 4th of July! The Drafting of the Declaration of Independence
    [Here is a second excerpt from my forthcoming book, Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Sovereignty of the People (which is now available for pre-order on Amazon), which describes the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.…
  • Jul 4

    [Randy Barnett] What the Declaration of Independence Really Claimed

    [Randy Barnett] What the Declaration of Independence Really Claimed
    [As we celebrate Independence Day, I thought I would post a couple excerpts about the Declaration of Independence from my forthcoming book, Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Sovereignty of the People (which is now available for…
Rank this Week: 9

Religion Clause

Religion Clause

By University of Toledo College of Law Professor Howard M. Friedman.

http://religionclause.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 5

    Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Case

    Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Case
    In Incumaa v. Stirling, (4th Cir., July 1, 2015), the 4th Circuit rejected a claim by an inmate who is a member of Nation of Gods and Earths that his 20 years in solitary confinement following his participation in a 1995 prison riot…
  • Jul 4

    Final Order Issued In Oregon Same-Sex Wedding Cake Refusal

    Final Order Issued In Oregon Same-Sex Wedding Cake Refusal
    This week, the Commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries went beyond the recommendations of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) (see prior posting) in finding violations of law by a bakery whose owner refused on religious…
  • Jul 3

    4th of July-- A Biblical Focus From Israeli Prime Minister

    4th of July-- A Biblical Focus From Israeli Prime Minister
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has an interesting U.S. 4th of July narrative, more religious than the Independence Day speeches usually heard in American venues. Speaking (full text) on Tuesday at U.S. Independence Day…
Rank this Week: 79

Balkinization

Balkinization

By Yale Law School Professor Jack M. Balkin.

http://balkin.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 5

    Vallier on liberal politics and public faith

    Vallier on liberal politics and public faith
    One of the smartest young philosophers working in the area of law and religion is Kevin Vallier, who has just published his first book, Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation.  It is an important and distinctive…
  • Jul 3

    The Remarkable Disappearance of State Justifications in Obergefell

    The Remarkable Disappearance of State Justifications in Obergefell
    Over at the Slate "Breakfast Table," I have a post describing the handful of biggest surprises in what was in fact (or so I argue) a Supreme Court Term in which the Justices generally acted according to predictable form.One of the most…
  • Jul 2

    Dignity and same-sex marriage

    Dignity and same-sex marriage
    As everyone expected, the Supreme Court decided that same-sex couples have a right to marry by a 5-4 margin, with Anthony Kennedy writing a majority opinion full of vague talk about dignity.  His opinion relied on his strange idea that…
Rank this Week: 141

SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog

Covers the Supreme Court of the United States. By Bloomberg Law.

http://www.scotusblog.com/
  • Jul 4

    This week at the Court

    This week at the Court
    The Court is in summer recess.
  • Jul 3

    Friday round-up

    Friday round-up
    With the Court now in its summer recess, some coverage and commentary focus on overviews of the Term more generally.  NPR’s Nina Totenberg and this blog’s Tom Goldstein discuss the Term with Robert Siegel, while at the Los…
  • Jul 2

    Review of new Arizona election case narrowed

    Review of new Arizona election case narrowed
    The Supreme Court on Thursday narrowed somewhat its plan to review the work of the independent Arizona agency that drew new election districts for the state legislature after the latest census.  In a new order, the Court said it would…
Rank this Week: 10

Constitution Daily

Constitution Daily

From the National Constitution Center.

http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/
Rank this Week: 402

Gamso - For the Defense

Gamso - For the Defense

Provides commentary on criminal law, civil liberties and jurisprudence. By Jeffrey Gamso.

http://gamso-forthedefense.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 3

    Warren McCleskey - Maybe Yet

    Warren McCleskey - Maybe Yet
    Monday the Supreme Court issued its opinions (yes, that's intentionally plural) in Glossip v. Gross addressing how Oklahoma gets to go about killing folks.  Writing for 5 of the the Supremes, which is all it takes, Hang 'em…
  • Jul 2

    Inverting Blackstone

    Inverting Blackstone
    It's called the "Blackstone Ratio" after William Blackstone who said it wasbetter that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.It is a lovely idea.  One we pay homage to while patting ourselves on the back about the…
  • Jul 1

    The Banality of Samantha Hill

    The Banality of Samantha Hill
    Apparently I was mistaken.I was deeply moved by the families of the victims of the Charleston killings.  I thought it a wondrous thing, not to forget, but to forgive.  To return mercy for hatred.  That's a theme here, of…
Rank this Week: 216

Discourse.net

Discourse.net

By University of Miami law professor Michael Froomkin. Covers civil liberties, the Internet, Guantanamo, Iraq attrocities, politics and more.

http://www.discourse.net/
  • Jul 3

    What to Read While Being Surveilled

    What to Read While Being Surveilled
    The Intercept’s Summer Reading List is full of stuff to stoke your justified paranoia, plus great quirky reads. Upgrade your beach. Among the recommendations are Wild Seed by Octavia Butler, The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in…
  • Jul 2

    The Future of Phones Says “Fi”

    The Future of Phones Says “Fi”
    Errata Security discusses Google’s Project Fi. An “MVNO” is a virtual mobile phone company — they don’t have any of their own network backbone or cell towers, but just rent them from the real mobile phone…
  • Jul 1

    Oh Joy

    Oh Joy
    Time to add _optout to the name of every wifi router out there. A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a security risk: it shares Wi-Fi passwords with the user’s contacts. Those contacts include their Outlook.com (nee Hotmail)…
Rank this Week: 14

ACSBlog

ACSBlog

Covers progressive law and policy issues, with a focus on constitutional issues. From the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

http://www.acslaw.org/acsblog
  • Jul 3

    Friedrichs v. Calif. Teachers Association: Union Fair Share Fees Endangered in One of Next Term’s Biggest Case

    Friedrichs v. Calif. Teachers Association: Union Fair Share Fees Endangered in One of Next Term’s Biggest Case
    by Charlotte Garden, Associate Professor of Law and Litigation Director of the Korematsu Center for Law & Equality, Seattle University School of LawThe Supreme Court granted cert. on Tuesday in Friedrichs v.…
  • Jul 2

    Waiting for High Court After Its Stay of Texas' Anti-Abortion Law Provision

    Waiting for High Court After Its Stay of Texas' Anti-Abortion Law Provision
    by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law CenterThe Supreme Court earlier this week stayed enforcement of key provisions of HB2—Texas’ sweeping anti-abortion law—pending the Court’s decision whether…
  • Jul 2

    LegalEyes for July 2, 2015

    LegalEyes for July 2, 2015
    by Caroline CoxAt The Boston Globe, Kent Greenfield, faculty advisor for the ACS Boston College Law School Chapter, argues that the same-sex marriage ruling was as much an emotional exercise as an intellectual one.Eric Segall discusses at…
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Wall of Separation

Wall of Separation

From the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

https://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation
Rank this Week: 2386

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

Edited by University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)–JOTWELL–invites law professors to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics will go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

http://jotwell.com/
  • Jul 3

    The Truth is Not Enough to Set Us Free

    The Truth is Not Enough to Set Us Free
    Erik J. Girvan, On Using the Psychological Science of Implicit Bias to Advance Anti-Discrimination Law, (2015), available at SSRN.Marcia L. McCormickLegal scholars in a wide range of areas have used now well-settled developments in cognitive…
  • Jul 1

    What’s Missing in New Zealand?

    What’s Missing in New Zealand?
    David Enoch, Tort Liability and Taking Responsibility in Philosophical Foundations of the Law of Torts (John Oberdiek ed., 2014).Scott Hershovitz“What’s missing in New Zealand?” That’s the question David Enoch poses in…
  • Jun 30

    Exploring the Expressive Dimension of Inheritance Law

    Exploring the Expressive Dimension of Inheritance Law
    Deborah S. Gordon, Letters Non-Testamentary, 62 U. Kan. L. Rev. 585 (2014).Paula MonopoliWe often get so caught up in the nooks and crannies of small corners of the doctrinal universe, examining tiny subsections of the Uniform Probate Code or…
Rank this Week: 82

Saber Leyes No Es Saber Derecho

Saber Leyes No Es Saber Derecho

Covers constitutional law and jurisprudence (in Spanish). Features legal news, cases and commentaries from Argentina, U.S. and the Americas.

http://www.saberderecho.com/
Rank this Week: 225

Constitutional Law Prof Blog

Constitutional Law Prof Blog

By Steven D. Schwinn and Ruthann Robson.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/
Rank this Week: 391

Dorf on Law

Dorf on Law

By Cornell Law School Professor Michael Dorf and his friends.

http://www.dorfonlaw.org/
  • Jul 2

    Patel, Privacy, and Abortion

    Patel, Privacy, and Abortion
    by Sherry F. ColbIn my Verdict column for this week, I examine the case of Los Angeles v. Patel.  In particular, I discuss the significance of the majority's decision to rely on the abortion facial challenges analysis in Planned…
  • Jul 1

    Why Justice Scalia Should Seriously Consider Retiring

    Why Justice Scalia Should Seriously Consider Retiring
    by Eric SegallJustice Scalia is 79 years old and has served on the bench for almost 30 years. In 1995, I wrote an article in part defending his rules-oriented jurisprudence from what I thought were unfair attacks from Professor Laurence…
  • Jul 1

    Republicans Can Now Return to Their Other Unpopular Position

    Republicans Can Now Return to Their Other Unpopular Position
    by Neil H. BuchananThe news from the Supreme Court late last week was truly historic.  The Affordable Care Act was saved from a silly lawsuit, and Justice Kennedy penned a genuinely moving affirmation of marriage equality.  Anyone…
Rank this Week: 189

Underdog Blog

Underdog Blog

Covers constitutional law, criminal law, DUI, drugs, First Amendment and immigration. By Jon Katz, P.C.

http://katzjustice.com/underdog/
  • Jul 2

    This blog will be reactivated by next week

    This blog will be reactivated by next week
    To Underdog Blog's readers:   Thanks to my webmaster, my new blog and website design are due to be launched by next week.   I will be away from posting blog entries while we transition to new WordPress blog software that is more…
  • Jun 29

    This blog will be inactive for a short time while we transition to new blog software

    This blog will be inactive for a short time while we transition to new blog software
    To Underdog Blog's readers:   For as many as a few weeks, I will be away from posting blog entries while we transition to new WordPress blog software that is more user friendly.   My current, now-outdated blog software has bugs…
  • Jun 24

    Engage and do not resist in life and the battleground.

    Engage and do not resist in life and the battleground.
    By Fairfax/Northern Virginia Criminal Defense/DWI lawyer Jon Katz. Pursuing the best outcome for felonies, misdemeanors, drugs, marijuana, sex crimes, prostitution, weapons, assault, and all other alleged crimes.  Do we get angry…
Rank this Week: 163

CommLawBlog

CommLawBlog

Covers developments in the entire range of issues addressed by the Federal Communications Commission in its regulation of spectrum-related activities, as well as copyright, trademark, First Amendment and Internet issues. By Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth.

http://www.commlawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 625

Verdict

Verdict

Provides legal analysis and commentary on topical legal news and cases.

http://verdict.justia.com/
  • Jul 1

    What City of Los Angeles v. Patel Might Tell Us About Abortion

    What City of Los Angeles v. Patel Might Tell Us About Abortion
    Cornell University law professor Sherry Colb discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in City of Los Angeles v. Patel, in which the Court held facially unconstitutional a statute requiring hotel operators to record, keep, and…
  • Jun 30

    Should Apps Map Illness Like We Map the Weather?

    Should Apps Map Illness Like We Map the Weather?
    University of Washington law professor Anita Ramasastry discusses a new type of mobile app that maps illness in much the same way other apps map weather patterns and warns of the privacy implications these apps pose. Continue reading →
  • Jun 30

    What the Supreme Court Should Have Said in the Confederate Flag Texas License Plate Case

    What the Supreme Court Should Have Said in the Confederate Flag Texas License Plate Case
    UC Davis law professor Vikram David Amar discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc., in which the Court held that Texas could, consistent with the First Amendment,…
Rank this Week: 486

American Civil Liberties Union…

American Civil Liberties Union Blog of Rights

Covers civil rights and constitutional law. From the ACLU.

https://www.aclu.org/blog
  • Jul 1

    The Death Penalty Has an Innocence Problem — and Its Days Are Numbered

    The Death Penalty Has an Innocence Problem — and Its Days Are Numbered
    The demise of the death penalty is upon us. While the Supreme Court ruled this week to allow the continued use of a controversial lethal injection drug, Justice Stephen Breyer’s sweeping dissent invited the nation to question capital…
  • Jul 1

    NYPD Needs More Than Rainbows to Show Its Support for LGBT Right

    NYPD Needs More Than Rainbows to Show Its Support for LGBT Right
    When the Supreme Court ruled for full marriage equality Friday, the New York Police Department joined the ACLU and the throngs of other groups that turned their logos rainbow. But that support of the LGBT community does not extend to the…
  • Jul 1

    The Supreme Court Strikes a Blow Against Partisan Gerrymandering

    The Supreme Court Strikes a Blow Against Partisan Gerrymandering
    On Monday the United States Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, which preserved a vital weapon against partisan gerrymandering, a practice which artificially…
Rank this Week: 38

Supreme Court Haiku

Supreme Court Haiku

The Law of the Land in Seventeen Syllables.

http://supremecourthaiku.com/blog1/
Rank this Week: 1326

Arizona Common Law

Arizona Common Law

Discusses law in the state of Arizona with a focus on what rights are protected by the Arizona Constitution, free speech rights (protected by the federal and Arizona Constitutions), religion and religious freedoms (protected by the federal and Arizona Constitutions), and emerging issues of the law. By Joe Thomas.

http://azcommonlaw.com
  • Jun 30

    Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.

    Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.
    In a civil rights decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld disparate impact claims are recognized under the Fair Housing Act. The issue the court considered is whether, under a proper interpretation of the FHA, housing decisions with…
  • Jun 26

    Obergefell v. Hodges — Equal Protection Same-Sex Marriage

    Obergefell v. Hodges — Equal Protection Same-Sex Marriage
    In a historic civil rights ruling, the United States Supreme Court held the equal protection clause applies to same-sex marriages, and the United States Constitution requires states to treat same-sex marriages the same as traditional…
  • Jun 25

    ICANN Possibly Removing Privacy Protection

    ICANN Possibly Removing Privacy Protection
    ICANN is considering a rule where domain holders with sites associated to “commercial activity” will no longer be able to use privacy protection techniques. The protection of private information for websites with commercial…
Rank this Week: 2658

Constitutionalism & Democracy

Constitutionalism & Democracy

A law blog by Albany Law School Professor Stephen Gottlieb and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship James Gathii

http://constitutionalismanddemocracy.wordpress.com/
  • Jun 30

    The Court’s attack on the “ever-normal granary”

    The Court’s attack on the “ever-normal granary”
    I’ve been celebrating like many of you over the marriage equality and Obamacare decisions last Thursday and Friday. But my own celebrations are tempered by the realization that these two cases don’t symbolize any shift on the…
  • Jun 25

    Hallelujah! What a relief.

    Hallelujah! What a relief.
    Copy editing finally done for Unfit for Democracy: The Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics. It’s scheduled for publication in January by NYU Press – still a few months off but it feels like a…
  • Jun 24

    Jeanette’s award

    Jeanette’s award
    I haven’t been putting personal notes in my blog, but I had the pleasure, on the 9th, of attending a Red Cross Volunteer Recognition event where my wife, Jeanette, was presented with the J. Spencer Standish Community Service Award…
Rank this Week: 747

Real Estate and Construction Law…

Real Estate and Construction Law Blog

Up-to-date information on real estate, construction, environmental, and land use law. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.realestatelanduseandenvironmentallaw.com/
Rank this Week: 150

Eminent Domain Blog

Eminent Domain Blog

Covers condemnation and real estate law. By David B. Snyder of Fox Rothschild, LLP.

http://eminentdomain.foxrothschild.com/
  • Jun 30

    Orlando Avoids Eminent Domain For Soccer Stadium

    Orlando Avoids Eminent Domain For Soccer Stadium
    Orlando City Soccer will apparently purchase a necessary property to build its new soccer stadium rather than rely upon the City’s power of eminent domain. The City of Orlando previously was proceeding to acquire the property though the…
  • Jun 30

    PA Considers Amendment To Relocation Law

    PA Considers Amendment To Relocation Law
    The PA House is considering a bill that would amend the PA Eminent Domain Code’s relocation statute.  That statute applies where a business or residence is forced to relocate due to a condemnation and is in addition to damages for…
  • Jun 28

    Appraisal Foundation Adopts Green Valuation Advisory

    Appraisal Foundation Adopts Green Valuation Advisory
    The Appraisal Practices Board (APB) of The Appraisal Foundation has announced the adoption of the first of three Valuation Advisories related to the valuation of green buildings.  The Appraisal Foundation provides guidance to appraisers…
Rank this Week: 1226

Teen Jury

Teen Jury

Covers how the law and our judicial system affects kids and teenagers.

http://www.teenjury.com/
  • Jun 29

    Affirmative action… again

    Affirmative action… again
    The Supreme Court has heard from Abigail Fisher before.  Now, the Court will hear from her again.  As previously summarized by TeenJury, Ms. Fisher brought suit against the University of Texas for denying her admission in 2008.…
  • May 30

    Roy Moore takes on Ginsburg (and Jefferson, Adams, and Madison)

    Roy Moore takes on Ginsburg (and Jefferson, Adams, and Madison)
    This month, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg again officiated a same-sex wedding. During the ceremony, Justice Ginsburg pronounced the two men “married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United…
  • Mar 29

    Should we consider Supreme Court term limits?

    Should we consider Supreme Court term limits?
    Yesterday, former and prospective presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called for term limits on Supreme Court justices.  Commenting from the Nixon Presidential library, Huckabee warned that “nobody should be in an unelected…
Rank this Week: 789

The University of Chicago Law…

The University of Chicago Law School Faculty Podcast

Listen to lectures by and discussions with the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School.

https://soundcloud.com/uchicagolaw
Rank this Week: 361

Michael Smith's Law Blog

Michael Smith's Law Blog

A legal blog written by a recent graduate of UCLA School of Law. Posts cover a wide range of topics, but areas of focus include criminal law, constitutional law, law and technology, and commentary on scholarship and legal education.

http://www.smithblawg.blogspot.com
  • Jun 29

    Texas Man Wins Claim Against Neighbor Who Shot Down Drone

    Texas Man Wins Claim Against Neighbor Who Shot Down Drone
    Ars Technica has this story detailing the saga of a Texas man whose drone was shot down by his neighbor. Eric Joe, the owner of a hexacopter drone was flying his drone over his parents' property when a neighbor, Brett McBay shot Joe's drone…
  • Jun 27

    Bail Decisions Based on Algorithm

    Bail Decisions Based on Algorithm
    The New York Times has this interesting report on using algorithms to make bail determinations. From the article:Setting bail is a difficult task for judges. They must try to foretell whether the defendant is likely to commit another crime,…
  • Jun 22

    The Supreme Court's "Superspecial" Kimble Opinion

    The Supreme Court's "Superspecial" Kimble Opinion
    Today, the Supreme Court released several opinions, including Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment. Kimble involves the question of whether a party may contract for payment of patent royalties after the patent's expiration. The opinion has…
Rank this Week: 2650

Fair and Unbalanced

Fair and Unbalanced

Left-leaning, social justice-minded slant on law and justice issues, the death penalty, politics, and current events.

http://fairandunbalancedblog.blogspot.com/
  • Jun 28

    Supreme Concern: The Fight for Equality and Dignity and Why Elections Matter

    Supreme Concern: The Fight for Equality and Dignity and Why Elections Matter
    The Supreme Court's historic ruling that the Constitution guarantees the right to marry for same-sex couples is cause for celebration and relief.  It shows what unrelenting activism and struggle can accomplish.  And it shows what…
  • Jun 19

    Racism Deserves A Remedy

    Racism Deserves A Remedy
    The American flag and the South Carolina state flag were lowered to half-staff at the State Capitol to honor the nine African Americans killed in what surely seems like a racially-motivated terrorist attack at Emanuel African Methodist…
  • Jun 17

    Rachel Dolezal Is Acting Like A Child Abuse Victim Act

    Rachel Dolezal Is Acting Like A Child Abuse Victim Act
    Guest post by Tina DupuyIn the wake of the Duggar molestation scandal and now the quirky case of Rachel Dolezal, one thing is clear: We as a public don’t know what child abuse looks like. The CDC estimates that one in four American…
Rank this Week: 328

Life Sentences Blog

Life Sentences Blog

Tracks new legal developments and research relating to long prison sentences. By Marquette University Law School Professor Michael O'Hear.

http://www.lifesentencesblog.com/
  • Jun 27

    Rodriguez v. United States: Supreme Court Says No to Prolonged Traffic Stop

    Rodriguez v. United States: Supreme Court Says No to Prolonged Traffic Stop
    Earlier this week, the Supreme Court decided City of Los Angeles v. Patel, the fourth and final of its search-and-seizure cases this term. In Patel, the Court overturned a city ordinance requiring hotel operators to share information about…
  • Jun 25

    Ohio v. Clark: The Supreme Court’s Latest Pronouncement on the Confrontation Clause

    Ohio v. Clark: The Supreme Court’s Latest Pronouncement on the Confrontation Clause
    By guaranteeing criminal defendants the right to confront their accusers, the Sixth Amendment limits the ability of the government to use hearsay evidence against defendants at trial.  Importantly, though, the Confrontation Clause only…
  • Jun 2

    Elonis v. United States: SCOTUS Again Adopts Narrowing Construction of Criminal Statute

    Elonis v. United States: SCOTUS Again Adopts Narrowing Construction of Criminal Statute
    As I noted in my post last week, the Supreme Court has a variety of interpretive tools at its disposal to rein in the ever-expanding reach of federal criminal law.  Right on cue, the Court demonstrated the use of one of these tools this…
Rank this Week: 393

Idaho Criminal Defense Blog

Idaho Criminal Defense Blog

Covers criminal law, DUI and civil rights. By Peterson Law Offices.

http://www.idahocriminaldefenselaw.com/
  • Jun 27

    I feel like a turtle, on its back, in the middle of the road!

    I feel like a turtle, on its back, in the middle of the road!
    Two weeks to go – and then another six or so to sanity. This is the way it goes every time I prepare for a big trial. I try to not let it get me but it always does. And my compadres at the office, my blushing bride of nearly forty…
  • May 7

    Pardon our absence …

    Pardon our absence …
    There are times when we are getting ready for trial and there seems little time to breathe, and no time to post to this blog. Now is such a time. So if we seem absent – well we are. But I am reminded today of the value of preparation,…
  • Mar 16

    At Sentencing Your Story May Keep You Out of Prison!

    At Sentencing Your Story May Keep You Out of Prison!
     Last week was a gem. Twice, clients who were almost certain to go to prison when we first started working their cases, avoided that fate. First, in federal court a twenty-year-old kid who pleaded guilty to distributing heroin and…
Rank this Week: 4502

The Law Blogger

The Law Blogger

Covers Michigan legal news. From the Oakland Press.

http://oplawblog.blogspot.com/
  • Jun 26

    Marriage Equality Decision Expected Today @ SCOTUS

    Marriage Equality Decision Expected Today @ SCOTUS
    Legal Scholar Lyle DennistonBatman will probably show-up again; Spiderman has been crawling the marble steps seeking attention; and various flag-waving, placard-touting groups in support of and opposed to marriage equality have been a fixture…
  • Jun 19

    Religious Rights Gain Ground in the Workplace

    Religious Rights Gain Ground in the Workplace
    Victorious Samantha ElaufThe SCOTUS issued another opinion, this time from Justice Antonin Scalia, strengthening religious rights in the workplace. In EEOC v Abercrombie & Fitch, the High Court reversed a 10th Circuit Court of…
  • Jun 14

    Hulk Hogan vs Gawker Media

    Hulk Hogan vs Gawker Media
    From a moral and legal perspective, adultery is never a good idea. This is especially the case when the "other woman" is your best friend's wife.Back in 2006, a prehistoric era on the Internet timeline, ex-wrestler Hulk Hogan, aka Terry…
Rank this Week: 855

Religious Law Blog

Religious Law Blog

Covers religious law and liberty issues affecting churches, ministries, and individuals. By Telios Law PLLC.

http://telioslaw.com/religious-law-blog-posts
  • Jun 25

    Seven Lessons from Archdiocese Criminal Prosecution

    Seven Lessons from Archdiocese Criminal Prosecution
    The State of Minnesota filed criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The charge was six counts of a gross misdemeanor criminal complaint, for putting children at risk in various ways. What lessons should…
  • May 25

    Talking about Church Discipline — Nine Points to Consider

    Talking about Church Discipline — Nine Points to Consider
    Churches and other religious organizations often ask what can be said about members or employees who are being disciplined. If an employee or member is being dismissed, can other members know why? The answer may be yes—but it’s…
  • Feb 25

    Testimony on Religious Freedom for Student Group

    Testimony on Religious Freedom for Student Group
    Theresa Lynn Sidebotham testified on February 9, 2015 in front of the House Education Committee on a bill that would have protected student religious liberty rights on campus. Theresa Lynn Sidebotham testified on February 9, 2015 in…
Rank this Week: 2880

Constitutional & Legal Education…

Constitutional & Legal Education News

Covers constitutional and legal issues in a non-lawyerly way. By David J. Shestokas.

http://www.shestokas.com/
Rank this Week: 982

Federalist Society Multimedia…

Federalist Society Multimedia Archive

Audio of recent events, speeches and conferences of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/page/multimedia-from-past-federalist-society-events-2014
  • Jun 24

    Congressional Oversight 6-18-2015

    Congressional Oversight 6-18-2015
    Third Annual Executive Branch Review ConferenceAfter delegating significant power to the administrative state, is Congress properly discharging its oversight role? Are there tools available to Congress that are underutilized? Would a proper…
  • Jun 24

    The Incentives Behind Congressional Delegation 6-18-2015

    The Incentives Behind Congressional Delegation 6-18-2015
    Third Annual Executive Branch Review ConferenceIn administrative law the focus has primarily been on how to constrain executive discretion. It may, however, be equally important to consider how to constrain the delegations that create that…
  • Jun 24

    Should Federal Law Enjoy a Presumption of Constitutionality? 6-18-2015

    Should Federal Law Enjoy a Presumption of Constitutionality? 6-18-2015
    Third Annual Executive Branch Review ConferenceDoes the judiciary owe Congress presumptive deference in reviewing and considering challenges to federal statutes?  If so, what standards should courts impose on those making such…
Rank this Week: 1454

Nahmod Law

Nahmod Law

Covers 42 USC Section 1983 and constitutional law. By Professor Sheldon Nahmod.

http://nahmodlaw.com
Rank this Week: 793

Constitution

Constitution

Commentary on constitutions, the rule of law, and nomology.

http://constitutionalism.blogspot.com/
  • Jun 13

    How displacements defeat justice and law

    How displacements defeat justice and law
    One of the ways rights are being threatened by government today is the creeping practice of what may be called displacements. In psychology displacement behavior is the substitution of behavior that is easier, safer, but unconducive to one's…
  • Jun 2

    "Piracy" not just "robbery at sea"

    "Piracy" not just "robbery at sea"
    A flaw in most discussions of "piracy" is the lack of a coherent and historically accurate definition of what the term meant to the Framers when they wrote the Piracy Clause. The United States Supreme Court decision in the 1820 case of…
  • Jun 1

    SSN: Number of the Beast?

    SSN: Number of the Beast?
    And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. καὶ ἵνα μή τις δύνηται…
Rank this Week: 1146

Crime & Federalism

Crime & Federalism

Covers civil rights, criminal law, federalism, and Section 1983. By Norman Pattis and Michael Cernovich.

http://www.crimeandfederalism.com/
  • Jun 13

    Your Guide to The Rules of Race and Gender (Rachel Dolezal Edition)

    Your Guide to The Rules of Race and Gender (Rachel Dolezal Edition)
    Today life is complicated. If you make one wrong move on social media you'll lose your job. You may receive death threats or have a Swatting attempt made on you. An internet hate mob will form around you to publicly shame you. If you are a…
  • Jun 1

    Elonis and What is an Online Threat?

    Elonis and What is an Online Threat?
    On college campuses and Twitter accounts everywhere, "threat" has taken on an overbroad definition. Merely disagreeing with someone is harassing and threatening conduct. Calling someone a bad name or hurting their feelings is a…
  • May 31

    Anita Sarkeesian's Unknown Ghost Writer Shows Power of Female Privilege

    Anita Sarkeesian's Unknown Ghost Writer Shows Power of Female Privilege
    Most of you have never heard of Josh McIntosh, the male ghost writer behind media powerhouse Feminist Frequency. Yet most of you, especially those familiar with GamerGate, are familiar with the smiling face of Fem Freq - Anita Sarkeesian.…
Rank this Week: 137

Media and Communications Policy

Media and Communications Policy

Covers First Amendment and communication policy issues. By the Media Institute.

http://www.mediacompolicy.org/
  • Jun 2

    Decline of Legacy Media, Rise of the Conservatives?

    Decline of Legacy Media, Rise of the Conservatives?
    For the legacy news media, the bad news just keeps on coming.  In recent days, for instance, the Pew Research Center released a piece titled “The Declining Value of U.S. Newspapers,” chronicling the extraordinary decline in…
  • Apr 24

    Net Vitality Should Be the Cornerstone of U.S. Broadband Policy

    Net Vitality Should Be the Cornerstone of U.S. Broadband Policy
    By guest blogger PROF. STUART N. BROTMAN, faculty member at Harvard Law School and author of the study Net Vitality: Identifying the Top-Tier Global Broadband Internet Leaders published by The Media Institute.  Prof. Brotman is a member…
  • Apr 16

    The FCC’s Wheeler of Fortune

    The FCC’s Wheeler of Fortune
    LAS VEGAS – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s speech yesterday to broadcasters attending the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show here dealt primarily with broadcast-specific subjects. …
Rank this Week: 1998

Legislative Blog

Legislative Blog

The official Americans United blog on legislation and activities of lawmakers.

https://www.au.org/blogs/legislative
  • May 29

    Governors Push for Private School Voucher

    Governors Push for Private School Voucher
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeThe public (63%) does not support private school vouchers: every time a voucher program has been put to a vote in the past 45 years, the voters have rejected it. Despite this disapproval, Governors around the…
  • Apr 23

    State-Funded Discrimination: Adoption Edition

    State-Funded Discrimination: Adoption Edition
    LegislativeAdoption agencies could refuse to place children in otherwise stable homes because the parents seeking to adopt are unmarried, previously divorced, a same sex couple, or adherents to a religion not practiced by the child-placing…
  • Mar 25

    Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Bills: Marriage Refusal Edition

    Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Bills: Marriage Refusal Edition
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeThese bills are especially troublesome because they would allow government employees to discriminate in the name of religion. We’ve been blogging a lot about state Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)…
Rank this Week: 2381

Beyond The Scope

Beyond The Scope

Covers the practice of interstate drug interdiction and property seizure/forfeiture. By Stowers & Sarcone, PLC.

http://www.interstatedrugbust.com/blog/
  • May 19

    Removed From Iowa Sex Offender Registry

    Removed From Iowa Sex Offender Registry
    Last week Stowers & Sarcone successfully secured the removal of one of their clients from the Iowa Sex Offender Registry. The client met all of the criteria of Iowa Code Section 692A.128 and was determined to be a low risk to re-offend.…
  • May 19

    Iowa Legislature Passes Expungement Bill

    Iowa Legislature Passes Expungement Bill
    On May 1, 2015 Governor Branstad signed Senate Bill 385. “An Act Relating to the Expungement of Not-Guilty Verdicts and Dismissed Criminal-Charge Records…” into law. This is a big step for Iowa which had no general…
  • Jan 27

    Federal Drug Charges vs State Drug Charge

    Federal Drug Charges vs State Drug Charge
    FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES vs STATE DRUG CHARGES: What’s the difference? What makes a federal drug charge vs a state drug charge? Federal drug charges are prosecuted in the United States District Court by the United States Attorney’s…
Rank this Week: 573

Jerry Tanenbaum's Blog

Jerry Tanenbaum's Blog

Covers school law, special education, bullying, school discipline and school-related First Amendment rights.

http://jerrytanenbaum.com/sample-page/
  • May 18

    Good News Update to Blog on Stay-Put Right

    Good News Update to Blog on Stay-Put Right
    Last week I wrote about your child’s special education “stay put” rights when Due Process is filed, and discussed how the right to extend “stay put” all the way through the appeals process was currently being…
  • May 14

    Understanding the Special Education “Stay-Put” Provision

    Understanding the Special Education “Stay-Put” Provision
    As IEP season is upon us, parents of children with special needs are reminded of the need to understand how to utilize the “Stay Put” provision in the IDEA.   This provision is intended to protect a child from being jerked…
  • Apr 1

    School Discipline and Your Child with Special Need

    School Discipline and Your Child with Special Need
    If you have a child with a Section 504 Plan or who receives special education services under an IEP, it’s important to know that your child may have some additional rights to either address helping him behave more appropriately in…
Rank this Week: 2464

First Amendment Lawyer Blog

First Amendment Lawyer Blog

Covers the First Amendment and public records. By Karl Olson.

http://www.firstamendmentlawyerblog.com/
  • May 4

    Judges Aren't Politicians, High Court Say

    Judges Aren't Politicians, High Court Say
    Does someone who wants to be a judge have a First Amendment right to hit people up for campaign money? Thankfully, the U. S. Supreme Court says "no," in a 5-4 decision filed April 29. The Court's split decision will hopefully keep the…
  • Feb 27

    Swastika Display Triggers Hate Speech Debate

    Swastika Display Triggers Hate Speech Debate
    A Sacramento man's display of a swastika on his front lawn has triggered a hate speech debate in California. State Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) was joined by a group of veterans, community leaders and fellow legislators February 26…
  • Jun 21

    High Court Protects Public Employee Whistleblower

    High Court Protects Public Employee Whistleblower
    The U. S. Supreme Court has taken a step in the right direction for public employee whistleblowers. The Court's June 19 decision in Lane v. Franks reiterates that citizens don't surrender First Amendment rights by accepting public…
Rank this Week: 4221

Charter Cases

Charter Cases

Covers court decisions involving Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

http://www.chartercases.com/
  • Apr 13

    R. v. Nur, 2015 SCC 15

    R. v. Nur, 2015 SCC 15
    The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Nur considers the constitutionality of a three-year mandatory minimum sentence for unlicensed possession of a loaded firearm. Continue reading →
  • Feb 5

    Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5

    Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5
    In Carter, the Supreme Court reconsidered the constitutionality of the prohibition on assisted suicide, which had previously been upheld in Rodriguez. Continue reading →
  • Jan 27

    Trinity Western University v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2015 NSSC 25

    Trinity Western University v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2015 NSSC 25
    In TWU v. NSBS, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court delivered a resounding vindication for freedom of religion last month, overturning a Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society regulation which would have prohibited Trinity Western University…
Rank this Week: 1701

Colorado Common Law

Colorado Common Law

Covers state public record law, civil rights, and obscenity. By Joe Thomas.

http://cocommonlaw.com
  • Apr 11

    Vaughn Index in Colorado Public Record

    Vaughn Index in Colorado Public Record
    A Vaughn index is a tool used in public records disputes where the person requesting documents, will ask the court to compel the records custodian to list all responsive documents and explain why or why not the documents should be released.…
  • Apr 8

    Banning Homelessness in Colorado

    Banning Homelessness in Colorado
    It appears a sad new trend in Colorado is to create policies or laws, treating homelessness as a criminal condition. A new report, “No Right to Rest: Criminalizing Homelessness in Colorado” which details the efforts cities and…
  • Apr 4

    Denver Attempts to Ban People Deemed Nuisance

    Denver Attempts to Ban People Deemed Nuisance
    The City of Denver is working on banning people it considers nuisances from high traffic areas.  And does not appear there is much concern in the community about the practice. Well, I have a big problem with the practice and I will argue…
Rank this Week: 2697

White Collar Defense and…

White Collar Defense and Compliance

Covers developments in criminal law, federal case law, and statutes. Published by Alan Leibman of Fox Rothschild.

http://whitecollarcrime.foxrothschild.com/
  • Apr 8

    See you on LinkedIn

    See you on LinkedIn
    Alain Leibman writes: We have endeavored from the outset of this blog to offer thoughtful, possibly useful, and occasionally provocative analyses of developments in the criminal law, a time-intensive effort.  Regrettably, a busy workload…
  • Mar 18

    Does your Third Circuit judge vote as a “conservative, moderate, or liberal”?

    Does your Third Circuit judge vote as a “conservative, moderate, or liberal”?
    Alain Leibman writes: Matthew Stiegler, a Philadelphia attorney, has a terrific blog dedicated to reporting on, and thoughtfully analyzing, developments in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, called the CA3blog.  Matthew has written a…
  • Jan 30

    Third Circuit Opinion Cites Alain Leibman’s Fox WC Blog Entry

    Third Circuit Opinion Cites Alain Leibman’s Fox WC Blog Entry
    Alain Leibman writes: Those of you who follow, or at least sporadically read, this blog know that it attempts to treat in a considered way important issues facing the white collar bar and our clients.  Still, like any blog, it exists…
Rank this Week: 4548

Texas Appellate Law Blog

Texas Appellate Law Blog

Civil Appellate practice tips, resources, and news. Published by D. Todd Smith, Attorney at Law.

http://www.texasappellatelawblog.com/
  • Apr 6

    Appellate Practice and Procedure Lesson 8: Tips and Strategies for Marketing an Appellate Practice

    Appellate Practice and Procedure Lesson 8: Tips and Strategies for Marketing an Appellate Practice
    This post features the video and slides for the eighth and final lecture in my Appellate Practice and Procedure course. The presentation appears after the jump. Appellate law can be a very difficult practice area to break into. Because legal…
  • Apr 1

    Short-Citing to the Record in the Fifth Circuit

    Short-Citing to the Record in the Fifth Circuit
    I received a copy of this letter in one of my cases: What’s wrong with using the short citation form “id.” when citing the record? As I wrote about here, the Fifth Circuit recently standardized the format for citing…
  • Mar 30

    Appellate Practice and Procedure Lesson 7: Rehearing and Higher Court Review

    Appellate Practice and Procedure Lesson 7: Rehearing and Higher Court Review
    This post features the video and slides for the seventh lecture in my Appellate Practice and Procedure course, which I introduced here. The presentation appears after the jump. How do you convince an appellate court to change its mind when…
Rank this Week: 4606

California Appellate Law Blog

California Appellate Law Blog

News and insight about appellate law. By Archer Norris, a professional law corporation.

http://www.caappellatelaw.com/
  • Mar 18

    Calculating Prejudgment Interest in Personal Injury Action

    Calculating Prejudgment Interest in Personal Injury Action
    Civil Code section 3291 provides that if the plaintiff in a personal injury action makes a Code of Civil Procedure section 998 offer to compromise which the defendant does not accept, and the plaintiff obtains a more favorable judgment,…
  • Feb 11

    Evidence of Immigration Status: Rarely Relevant, Almost Always Prejudicial

    Evidence of Immigration Status: Rarely Relevant, Almost Always Prejudicial
    Now, more than ever, terms like “illegal alien,” “illegal immigrant,” and “undocumented worker” generate fear and controversy in our society.  And in the courtroom setting, the passionate responses…
  • Jan 7

    Legal Writing: Speak Freely (But Plainly, Please!)

    Legal Writing: Speak Freely (But Plainly, Please!)
    “This petition . . . ask[s] this Court to unmistakably clarify, to the whole patent community, that its Mayo/Biosig/Alice decisions (“3 decisions”) ended the claim construction anomaly hampering especially ET…
Rank this Week: 4609