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SullivanLawNet

SullivanLawNet

Legal news and analysis, with an emphasis on international and domestic intellectual property developments. By Shawn Sullivan.

http://sullivanlaw.net/
  • Sep 22

    Criminal Convictions in Salmonella Case

    Criminal Convictions in Salmonella Case
    A U.S. federal jury convicted three former food company executives of several crimes relating to a 2008-09 outbreak of Salmonella infections resulting from the production and distribution of adulterated peanut butter. See…
  • Sep 9

    3 Months in Spanish Prison for Plant Variety Rights Infringement

    3 Months in Spanish Prison for Plant Variety Rights Infringement
    On July 10, 2014, a criminal court in southwestern Spain sentenced a grower of carnation flowers to three months in prison, plus a fine of € 360 EUR, for infringing plant variety rights in violation of Article 274.3 of the ……
  • Sep 8

    Ecuador: Change Constitution to Protect Traditional Knowledge

    Ecuador: Change Constitution to Protect Traditional Knowledge
      Ecuador’s national government has proposed to amend the country’s constitution to provide special protections against the misappropriation of traditional knowledge and biological diversity. Propuesta de enmiendas…
Rank this Week: 2760

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/
  • Sep 22

    [Ilya Somin] Cass Sunstein on the use of historical counterfactual

    [Ilya Somin] Cass Sunstein on the use of historical counterfactual
    In this New Republic review of an interesting new book by historian Richard Evans, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein provides a good explanation of why counterfactual analysis is often a useful tool for scholars. Asking “what…
  • Sep 22

    [Eugene Kontorovich] Europeans cruise to occupied territory

    [Eugene Kontorovich] Europeans cruise to occupied territory
    Apparently Europeans do no take their governments’ warnings about doing business in occupied territories too seriously. A German-owned, Portuguese-flagged, Greek-based cruise ship, the Ocean Majesty, paid a port call to Yalta this week,…
  • Sep 22

    [Orin Kerr] Apple’s dangerous game, part 3: Where do you draw the line, and what’s the privacy tradeoff?

    [Orin Kerr] Apple’s dangerous game, part 3: Where do you draw the line, and what’s the privacy tradeoff?
    Having waded through hundreds of responses to my posts on Apple’s new iOS8, I wanted to ask two related questions to the many readers who were critical of (and in some cases, deeply hostile to) my initial post. The first question is the…
Rank this Week: 9

Media and Communications Policy

Media and Communications Policy

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

http://www.mediacompolicy.org/
  • Sep 22

    ‘Freedom From Speech’

    ‘Freedom From Speech’
    Evidence that the human race is not yet won, as a former colleague used to say, is coming in the windows.  From murder in the name of religion, to widespread crime, greed, and violence, to the bottoming of popular culture, it’s…
  • Aug 21

    ProPublica and the Problem With Journalism

    ProPublica and the Problem With Journalism
    It’s symptomatic of the syndrome: So many people who presume to speak for and about journalism’s shortcomings misdiagnose both the problem and its solutions.  So it is that individuals of a certain mindset promote the idea…
  • Jul 14

    The Udall Amendment: When Politics Mean More Than the Constitution

    The Udall Amendment: When Politics Mean More Than the Constitution
    It came as no surprise when, in June, Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and 41 other U.S. senators, Democrats all, proposed a campaign finance amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Ever since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010,…
Rank this Week: 3877

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
  • Sep 22

    LegalEyes for September 22, 2014

    LegalEyes for September 22, 2014
    by Caroline CoxWalter Shapiro argues for the Brennan Center blog that the U.S. Court for the Seventh Circuit’s decision on the Wisconsin voter ID law is judicially ordered chaos.In the Los Angeles Times, David G. Savage discusses…
  • Sep 19

    The Constitution, Re-Invention and Equality

    The Constitution, Re-Invention and Equality
    by Atiba R. Ellis, Associate Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law, @atibaellis. This post is part of our 2014 Constitution Day symposium.On September 17, 1787, the framers signed the U.S. Constitution. The document they…
  • Sep 19

    Recently on JudicialNominations.org—The Weeks of September 8 & September 15

    Recently on JudicialNominations.org—The Weeks of September 8 & September 15
    by Rebekah DeHavenOver the August recess President Obama announced several new judicial nominations:John Robert Blakey, to the Northern District of Illinois;Jorge Luis Alonso, to the Northern District of Illinois;Jeanne E. Davidson, to the…
Rank this Week: 463

Balkinization

Balkinization

By Yale Law School Professor Jack M. Balkin.

http://balkin.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 22

    The New Deal Revolution Started in the 1850

    The New Deal Revolution Started in the 1850
    according to John Compton's marvelous new book, Evangelical Origins of the Living Constitution.  I review it for the Harvard Law Review Forum, here.
  • Sep 19

    Interview on the Black Box Society

    Interview on the Black Box Society
    Lawrence Joseph and Frank Pasquale In the interview below, Lawrence Joseph interviews Balkinization blogger Frank Pasquale about his forthcoming book, The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information. Joseph is…
  • Sep 15

    Judith Baer, Ironic Freedom: Personal Choice, Public Policy, and the Paradox of Reform

    Judith Baer, Ironic Freedom: Personal Choice, Public Policy, and the Paradox of Reform
    Professor Judy Baer is the best feminist theorist most readers of Balkinization have never heard of.  Her works, most notably Our Lives Before the Law and The Constitutional and Legal Rights of Women (with Leslie Goldstein) are classics…
Rank this Week: 219

Constitution Daily

Constitution Daily

From the National Constitution Center.

http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/
  • Sep 22

    Constitution Check: What if the Supreme Court takes a pass now on same-sex marriage?

    Constitution Check: What if the Supreme Court takes a pass now on same-sex marriage?
    Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center's adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at one possible short-term outcome as the Supreme Court ponders same-sex marriage: the court could pass on the issue, lacking a split in the lower…
  • Sep 22

    The Emancipation Proclamation’s other anniversary

    The Emancipation Proclamation’s other anniversary
    President Abraham Lincoln altered the course of the Civil War and American society when the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863. But the Proclamation had its roots in a key announcement made on September 22, 1862.
  • Sep 22

    The So-Called “Islamic State” and the Constitution: What Can the President Do? (Part One)

    The So-Called “Islamic State” and the Constitution: What Can the President Do? (Part One)
    In this two-part commentary, Robert F. Turner from the University of Virginia looks at some points of fact and law in the debate over executive power and American involvement in fighting terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
Rank this Week: 1374

Wall of Separation

Wall of Separation

From the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

https://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation
  • Sep 22

    The Censorship Crusade: A Story For Banned Books Week

    The Censorship Crusade: A Story For Banned Books Week
    Rob BostonWall of SeparationEvangelist Billy Sunday called Sinclair Lewis 'Satan’s cohort' and threatened to beat him up.Yesterday marked the start of the American Library Association’s annual “Banned Books Week.” In…
  • Sep 19

    Crisis of Faith: Religious Facilities Rely On Misleading Tactics, Dupe Women

    Crisis of Faith: Religious Facilities Rely On Misleading Tactics, Dupe Women
    Sarah JonesWall of SeparationHosted by Fazeelat Aslam, Misconception tackles the misleading advertising tactics used by many, if not most, CPCs to disguise their true intentions: To dissuade women from accessing legal abortion, and to…
  • Sep 18

    In Bad Company: ‘Ark Park’ Mastermind To Headline Conference Organized By Group Tied To Neo-Confederate

    In Bad Company: ‘Ark Park’ Mastermind To Headline Conference Organized By Group Tied To Neo-Confederate
    Simon BrownWall of SeparationWe don’t know how Ken Ham feels about white supremacists, but he clearly has no problem partnering with one. If the company you keep says a lot about you, what does Ham’s relationship with Michael…
Rank this Week: 2660

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
  • Sep 22

    Fighting for Captain Underpant

    Fighting for Captain Underpant
    "Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants." "Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman." "Captain Underpants and the Farty Fight for Free Speech." Okay fine, I made up the last one. The silly titles…
  • Sep 19

    A Mother Landed in Jail for Trying to Help Her Daughter. And She Might Not Be the Last.

    A Mother Landed in Jail for Trying to Help Her Daughter. And She Might Not Be the Last.
    Earlier this month, a judge sentenced a Pennsylvania mother to up to a year and a half in prison for helping her 16-year-old daughter end a pregnancy by purchasing abortion medication online. The single mother, who has a low-paying job,…
  • Sep 19

    Gay People Raising Kids: From Our Downfall To Our Salvation

    Gay People Raising Kids: From Our Downfall To Our Salvation
    It used to be that the idea of gay people raising kids spooked lots of people, who thought of us only as pedophiles, not as parents. In fact, we lost a long series of court cases about the freedom to marry based on judges saying that straight…
Rank this Week: 48

SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog

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

http://www.scotusblog.com/
  • Sep 22

    Monday round-up

    Monday round-up
    Briefly: At BuzzFeed, Chris Geidner discusses the possibility that, after the Justices first consider the seven petitions arising out of challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage at their September 29 Conference, the Court could ask…
  • Sep 19

    Petition of the day

    Petition of the day
    The petition of the day is: Carroll v. Carman 14-212 Issue: (1) Whether, when a police officer approaches a residence to conduct a “knock and talk,” the Fourth Amendment requires the officer to go to the “front…
  • Sep 19

    Argument preview: Able opponents trade arguments in high-stakes dispute over deadlines for filing class action

    Argument preview: Able opponents trade arguments in high-stakes dispute over deadlines for filing class action
    It is almost a joy to read the papers in Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi v. IndyMac MBS, Inc., with David Frederick squaring off against Ted Olson. The issue sounds tedious at first – whether the filing of a…
Rank this Week: 16

Religion Clause

Religion Clause

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

http://religionclause.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 22

    Pope Francis In Albania Speaks On Religious Violence and Religious Freedom

    Pope Francis In Albania Speaks On Religious Violence and Religious Freedom
    Pope Francis, on a visit to Albania yesterday, spoke at the Catholic University of Tirana to leaders of various faith communities on issues of religious freedom and religious violence.  Vatican Radio reports the full text of his speech.…
  • Sep 22

    Recent Articles and Books of Interest

    Recent Articles and Books of Interest
    From SSRN:James A. Davids, The Establishment Clause and Public Funding of Religious Colleges, (5 Regent Journal of Law & Public Policy 11 (2013)).Jared G. Price, The Gods of Greece Are Not Pleased: The Constitutionality of Legislative…
  • Sep 21

    Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Case

    Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Case
    In Williams v. Lemmon, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129217 (SD IN, Sept. 16, 2014), an Indiana federal district court dismissed for failure to exhaust administrative remedies a Muslim inmate's complaint about a 30-day suspension of Jumah…
Rank this Week: 50

Dorf on Law

Dorf on Law

By Cornell Law School Professor Michael Dorf and his friends.

http://www.dorfonlaw.org/
  • Sep 22

    What Would Cert Denials in the SSM Cases Mean?

    What Would Cert Denials in the SSM Cases Mean?
    by Michael DorfSpeaking at the University of Minnesota Law School last week, Justice Ginsburg made news when she said that there would be "some urgency" for the SCOTUS to take a SSM case if the Sixth Circuit were to reject a right to SSM, but…
  • Sep 19

    Sometimes Legislative Purpose is Clearer than the Effects of a Law

    Sometimes Legislative Purpose is Clearer than the Effects of a Law
    by Michael DorfEver since Roe v. Wade in 1973, pro-life politicians at the state and federal level have sought to undermine the abortion right in two main ways. First, by enacting new abortion restrictions and making their voices heard in the…
  • Sep 18

    Are the NFL's Billionaires Actually Bad Businessmen?

    Are the NFL's Billionaires Actually Bad Businessmen?
    -- Posted by Neil H. BuchananAs of this writing, the commissioner of the National Football League is Roger Goodell.  Given the controversies that have recently embroiled the league (spousal abuse, child abuse, and the ongoing litigation…
Rank this Week: 847

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/
  • Sep 22

    Descendibility: The Neglected Stick in the Bundle

    Descendibility: The Neglected Stick in the Bundle
    David Horton, Indescendibility, 102 Calif. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming, 2014), available at SSRN.Alexander Boni-SaenzShould the right to transfer an asset after death extend to kidneys, personal injury claims, or frequent flier miles? In…
  • Sep 19

    A Map Through the Punitive Damages Forest

    A Map Through the Punitive Damages Forest
    Yehuda Adar, Touring the Punitive Damages Forest: A Proposed Roadmap, 1 Osservatorio Del Diritto Civile E Commerciale [The Civ. & Com. L. Observer] 275 (2012), available at SSRN.Sheila ScheuermanThe questions raised by punitive damages…
  • Sep 17

    Next Up, Incest

    Next Up, Incest
    Anthony C. Infanti, Big (Gay) Love: Has the IRS Legalized Polygamy?, N.C.L. Rev. Addendum (forthcoming, 2014), available at SSRN.Lily KahngGay marriage opponents love to fear monger about the slippery slope of extending marriage beyond…
Rank this Week: 743

Underdog Blog

Underdog Blog

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

http://katzjustice.com/underdog/
  • Sep 21

    Treating criminal defendants as individuals: The military court and immigration consequence examples.

    Treating criminal defendants as individuals: The military court and immigration consequence examples.
    By Fairfax County/Northern Virginia/Maryland/Beltway criminal defense lawyer Jon Katz. Defending DWI/ DUI/ Drunk Driving, drugs, marijuana/medical marijuana/cultivation, sex cases, felonies and misdemeanors. Fighting relentlessly for the best…
  • Sep 20

    Lawyering without borders, and as the real McCoy.

    Lawyering without borders, and as the real McCoy.
    By Fairfax County/Northern Virginia/Maryland/Beltway criminal defense lawyer Jon Katz. Defending DWI/ DUI/ Drunk Driving, drugs, marijuana/medical marijuana/cultivation, sex cases, felonies and misdemeanors. Fighting relentlessly for the best…
  • Sep 19

    The dangers of disorderly conduct laws in our police state.

    The dangers of disorderly conduct laws in our police state.
    By Fairfax County/Northern Virginia/Maryland/Beltway criminal defense lawyer Jon Katz. Defending DWI/ DUI/ Drunk Driving, drugs, marijuana/medical marijuana/cultivation, sex cases, felonies and misdemeanors. Fighting relentlessly for the best…
Rank this Week: 388

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/
  • Sep 21

    FL Bar Results Tomorrow

    FL Bar Results Tomorrow
    Wasting no time, we’re having a swearing-in ceremony in Gussman Hall Tuesday evening for members of the Class of 2014 who passed the Florida Bar. Justice R. Fred Lewis of the Florida Supreme Court will be presiding, which is pretty…
  • Sep 18

    Patrick Gudridge ALS Ice Bucket

    Patrick Gudridge ALS Ice Bucket
    Patrick Gudridge is our Vice Dean and a really smart legal academic. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcV1hWfYKmM Several years ago I suggested we dress up the faculty in Halloween costumes, take a group photo, and publish it online with the caption…
  • Sep 9

    Business as Usual During Alteration

    Business as Usual During Alteration
    In order to debug some very odd behavior under the hood, I’ll be doing odd things to the site theme in the next day or two. While it may temporarily change the looks, it shouldn’t change the content.
Rank this Week: 43

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/
  • Sep 19

    Stop Me Before I Comb Again

    Stop Me Before I Comb Again
    So you're hangin' in the neighborhood barbershop waiting for a chair to open so you can get a trim.  There are five, maybe six barbers working, a whole bunch of customers sitting around, talking, reading comics, the paper, old magazines.…
  • Sep 18

    So We Can Remember To Be Perfect From Now On

    So We Can Remember To Be Perfect From Now On
    Tim Cole was 39 when he died from asthma-related heart issues in 1999.  He's buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth, which is where he's from.  But it's not where he died, and it's not where the story began. It began in…
  • Sep 17

    Constitution Day

    Constitution Day
    You know these words.  If you're of a certain age - or a certain background, I suppose, you were required to memorize them.We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establishJustice, insure domestic…
Rank this Week: 277

Constitutional Law Prof Blog

Constitutional Law Prof Blog

By Steven D. Schwinn and Ruthann Robson.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/
  • Sep 19

    Eleventh Circuit Upholds City Increase in Pension Fund Contribution

    Eleventh Circuit Upholds City Increase in Pension Fund Contribution
    Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Eleventh Circuit ruled this week in Taylor v. City of Gadsden that a city's increase in the mandatory contribution paid by public employees to the city's pension fund did not violate the...
  • Sep 19

    Ornstein on Statutory Interpretation and Halbig

    Ornstein on Statutory Interpretation and Halbig
    Norm Ornstein reviews Second Circuit Chief Judge Robert Katzmann's new book, Judging Statutes, over at The Atlantic. Along the way, Ornstein says why courts should use legislative intent in interpreting ambiguous statutory language--like the…
  • Sep 18

    Ninth Circuit Again Upholds School Ban of American Flag on Cinco de Mayo

    Ninth Circuit Again Upholds School Ban of American Flag on Cinco de Mayo
    Prof Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law Recall that in February of 2014, a panel of the Ninth Circuit in Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District rejected a claim by students that their constitutional...
Rank this Week: 502

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/
  • Sep 19

    The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises: Change in a Time of Climate Change

    The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises: Change in a Time of Climate Change
    Guest post by Rebecca SolnitThere have undoubtedly been stable periods in human history, but you and your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents never lived through one, and neither will any children or grandchildren you may have or…
  • Sep 16

    A Purist's Take on Improving the National Pastime

    A Purist's Take on Improving the National Pastime
    Rob Manfred will take over as the new Commissioner of Baseball from the ex-Wisconsin car dealer Bud Selig who, having presided over the Steroid Era, the advent of interleague play, and the malfeasance of Met ownership, is retiring after…
  • Sep 11

    Reverse Barometers and the Call for Perpetual War

    Reverse Barometers and the Call for Perpetual War
    General Custer to officer:  Anything that man tells me will be a lie.  Therefore, he will be perfect reverse barometer. . . .Custer to Jack Crabb:  What should I do, mule skinner? . . . . Should I go down there, or…
Rank this Week: 643

Verdict

Verdict

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

http://verdict.justia.com/
  • Sep 18

    Resurrecting the Dubious State Secrets Privilege

    Resurrecting the Dubious State Secrets Privilege
    John Dean, former counsel to the president, comments on a recent case between two private parties in which the U.S. Attorney General intervened and sought dismissal, citing the “state-secrets privilege.” Dean explains the…
  • Sep 17

    Mr. President: The Islamic State Is a Religion

    Mr. President: The Islamic State Is a Religion
    Cardozo Law professor Marci Hamilton argues that the Islamic State is, in fact, a religion, despite how President Obama characterized it in his recent address to the nation. Hamilton calls upon the President to speak out against all actors…
  • Sep 16

    Is It Arbitrary to Distinguish Incest From Homosexuality?

    Is It Arbitrary to Distinguish Incest From Homosexuality?
    Cornell University law professor Sherry Colb differentiates state bans on incestuous marriages from bans on same-sex marriages by looking at the governmental interests the bans purportedly serve and the harm done to their targets. Colb argues…
Rank this Week: 1455

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/
  • Sep 18

    The Tower Family Foundation: A Helping Hand to the Tower Worker Community

    The Tower Family Foundation: A Helping Hand to the Tower Worker Community
    We down here in the CommLawBlog bunker want to shine a spotlight – make that a high intensity white strobe – on the Tower Family Foundation. Just now getting off the ground (full official name: the Tower Industry Family Support…
  • Sep 18

    Intern-al Affairs II: Inviting More Former Interns to the Litigation Party

    Intern-al Affairs II: Inviting More Former Interns to the Litigation Party
    Two former interns take important step toward “class action” status. Class. Some litigants have it. Some don’t. A couple of folks who worked as interns at Gawker Media have managed to convince a Federal District Court Judge…
  • Sep 14

    New Fast Lane in Open Internet Proceeding

    New Fast Lane in Open Internet Proceeding
    FCC provides “bulk upload” option for adding even more comments to the million-plus already on file – now who’s going to read them all? When last we took a sounding of the rising floodwaters of net neutrality comments,…
Rank this Week: 1691

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/
Rank this Week: 4491

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: 1493

The Law Blogger

The Law Blogger

Covers Michigan legal news. From the Oakland Press.

http://oplawblog.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 18

    Scotland Contemplates Divorce

    Scotland Contemplates Divorce
    Sometimes, here in America, we hear this talk relative to Texas; that Texas is going to secede from the Union.  Personally, I never worry that it will actually happen; that we will have a separate country between us and Mexico.And we all…
  • Sep 14

    Colorado Supreme Court to Hear Marijuana Employment Case

    Colorado Supreme Court to Hear Marijuana Employment Case
    On the last day of the month, the Colorado Supreme Court will hear oral argument on a wrongful termination case pitting legal medical marijuana use against an employer's right to regulate its work environment.  A wheelchair-bound Dish…
  • Sep 5

    Life Without Parole For Repeat Pot Offender

    Life Without Parole For Repeat Pot Offender
    Great Grandfatherand Lifer Jeff MizanskeyMissouri, like several other states, has a three strikes and you're out law.  That means on your third offense, the sentence is life without parole.In the case of Jeff Mizanskey, all three of…
Rank this Week: 999

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: 105

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/
  • Sep 16

    The Seventeenth Amendment: Destroying State Sovereignty

    The Seventeenth Amendment: Destroying State Sovereignty
    From 1789 to 1913 the power to choose United States Senators was vested by the Constitution in the State legislatures. The Seventeenth Amendment altered the process by providing for direct election of Senators by the people. This…
  • Sep 10

    The Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution

    The Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution
    Among the questions raised by opponents of the Constitution during the ratification debates was the lack of an express limit on federal power, and that it would be a danger to individual freedoms and to the powers of the states. In response…
  • Sep 7

    US Declaration of Independence: Unprecedented Change to the World

    US Declaration of Independence: Unprecedented Change to the World
    On June 7, 1776 Virginia’s Richard Henry Lee stood up in the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia and offered a resolution that would forever change the course of American and world history. “Resolved: that these United…
Rank this Week: 3244

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/
  • Sep 16

    ISL and US Foreign Policy

    ISL and US Foreign Policy
    America decided to deal with the Native Americans by war and exile. It took three centuries, as succeeding generations of Indians realized that the White Man would honor no treaty and give them no peace. Israel has tried since the 1960s to…
  • Sep 15

    A View of the Ballot

    A View of the Ballot
    I got on line the other night to see what to expect at the voting booth today. We have all been hearing about the primary races for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, although polls tell us that lots of people haven’t heard of Zephyr…
  • Sep 2

    Forcing us to Live in an Immoral World

    Forcing us to Live in an Immoral World
    We are increasingly being forced to live in an immoral world. The radical wrong has hijacked the very idea of morality so that it no longer has anything to do with helping our neighbor. We’re not supposed to lift a collective finger for…
Rank this Week: 1213

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
  • Sep 14

    Passion and Prudence in the Political Process: The Debate Over Federal Civil Rights Policy 9-9-2014

    Passion and Prudence in the Political Process: The Debate Over Federal Civil Rights Policy 9-9-2014
    Civil Rights in the United StatesEmotions sometimes run high in the public debates over race and gender issues. Some claim that public passions can obscure facts and result in ill-considered policy. Many observers have bemoaned the public…
  • Sep 14

    The Future of Voting Rights 9-9-2014

    The Future of Voting Rights 9-9-2014
    Civil Rights in the United StatesThe Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, which disabled Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, has led some advocates (including the White House) to argue that voting rights are in peril.…
  • Sep 14

    Racial Preferences and Promoting Diversity: Are These Policies Taking Us in the Right Direction?-9-9-2014

    Racial Preferences and Promoting Diversity: Are These Policies Taking Us in the Right Direction?-9-9-2014
    Civil Rights in the United StatesThe Obama administration is widely perceived to be an avid proponent of racial preferences. As Attorney General Eric Holder said in 2012, “The question is not when does [affirmative action] end, but when…
Rank this Week: 1880

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/
  • Sep 14

    “Good Time” in Washington: A Model for Wisconsin?

    “Good Time” in Washington: A Model for Wisconsin?
    In my previous post, I argued that Wisconsin should consider reinstituting “good time” for prisoners, that is, credits toward accelerated release that can be earned based on good behavior.  An established program that…
  • Sep 1

    Why No “Good Time” in Wisconsin?

    Why No “Good Time” in Wisconsin?
    Unlike most other states, Wisconsin does not recognize prisoners’ good behavior with credits toward accelerated release.  Wisconsin had such a “good time” program for well over a century, but eliminated it as part of…
  • Aug 14

    “With Friends Like These . . .”: New Critiques of Graham and Miller

    “With Friends Like These . . .”: New Critiques of Graham and Miller
    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Graham v. Florida (2010) and Miller v. Alabama (2012) undoubtedly constitute the most important developments in Eighth Amendment law over the past decade.  Graham banned…
Rank this Week: 3447

Eminent Domain Blog

Eminent Domain Blog

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

http://eminentdomain.foxrothschild.com/
  • Sep 13

    VT Governor Advocates Hiring Independent Appraiser For Pipeline Case

    VT Governor Advocates Hiring Independent Appraiser For Pipeline Case
    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin wants the VT Department of Public Service to hire an independent property appraiser to participate in eminent domain proceedings for the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project. “I am concerned at the transparency…
  • Sep 2

    NJ Supreme Court OK Bypassing Mortgagee In Eminent Domain Grab

    NJ Supreme Court OK Bypassing Mortgagee In Eminent Domain Grab
    The NJ Supreme Court has ruled that a borough was not required to negotiate with the holder of the final foreclosure judgment prior to condemnation of the encumbered property.  In Merchantville v. Malik & Son LLC, the Court held that…
  • Aug 30

    US House Committee Passes USPAP Exemption Bill

    US House Committee Passes USPAP Exemption Bill
    The US House Financial Services Committee approved H.R. 5148 which would grant certain “high-risk” mortgages an exemption from having an appraisal performed in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal…
Rank this Week: 1734

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/
  • Sep 8

    Are Lawyer-Hyperlinked Briefs Headed for Extinction?

    Are Lawyer-Hyperlinked Briefs Headed for Extinction?
    When used appropriately, hyperlinks to specific portions of the record or to on-point authorities can be a very effective tool in the appellate lawyer’s arsenal. But are recent developments enhancing that tool or effectively taking it…
  • Aug 6

    Justice Moseley’s Departure Creates Unusual Election Scenario

    Justice Moseley’s Departure Creates Unusual Election Scenario
    In early June, Fifth Court of Appeals Justice Jim Moseley (pictured) announced that he would be leaving the Court this month. He has since decided to join Gray, Reed & McGraw, where he will chair the firm’s appellate section. I have…
  • Jun 24

    What Notice Is Required When a Summary-Judgment Hearing Is Re-set?

    What Notice Is Required When a Summary-Judgment Hearing Is Re-set?
    Texas litigators are generally familiar with the TRCP 166a requirement that a motion for summary judgment be served at least 21 days before the date specified for a hearing. But what notice is required when the hearing does not go forward on…
Rank this Week: 4531

Teen Jury

Teen Jury

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

http://www.teenjury.com/
  • Sep 7

    America’s 10th “Supreme” Justice?

    America’s 10th “Supreme” Justice?
    While only nine justices sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Appeals Court Judge Richard A. Posner has repeatedly shown his ability to gain outsized recognition and praise from legal minds across ideological or political spectra.  Born…
  • Jul 28

    Florida wins appeal to ban pediatricians from protecting kids from gun violence

    Florida wins appeal to ban pediatricians from protecting kids from gun violence
    In Florida, last year, 17 children aged 12 or younger were killed with guns, often accidentally.  Serious injuries remain even more common.  Yet despite frequent stories about small children gaining access to unsecured guns…
  • Jun 25

    Court rules warrant needed to search smartphone

    Court rules warrant needed to search smartphone
    In December, TeenJury reported that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear argument in a case to determine if police could search a suspect’s cellphone without first obtaining a warrant.  Today, the Court issued its unanimous…
Rank this Week: 1231

Real Property & Development Review

Real Property & Development Review

Covers real estate, construction, and land use laws in the Pacific Northwest. By Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP.

http://www.dwtrealpropertyreview.com/
Rank this Week: 1115

Legislative Blog

Legislative Blog

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

https://www.au.org/blogs/legislative
  • Sep 4

    PDK/Gallup Poll Shows Continued Public Opposition to Voucher

    PDK/Gallup Poll Shows Continued Public Opposition to Voucher
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislative63 percent of Americans oppose private school vouchers.The 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools came out in late August, illustrating public opinions about a variety…
  • Aug 19

    Join Us on Twitter to #FixHobbyLobby

    Join Us on Twitter to #FixHobbyLobby
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeIn the wake of the troubling Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision, Congress introduced a bill to prevent employers from using religion to deny essential health care coverage to their employees.The Not My Boss’…
  • Aug 15

    August Recess: Take Action in Your State!

    August Recess: Take Action in Your State!
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeLet your U.S. Representative and Senators know how important church-state separation is to you.In the month of August, members of Congress leave the District and head back to enjoy summer in their home states. This…
Rank this Week: 2654

Constitution

Constitution

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

http://constitutionalism.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 2

    Making a difference

    Making a difference
    A number of proposals have been made for reforming government abuses. Here are a few points:DocumentariesDocumentaries have already been done. They have some use in recruiting activists, but almost none for effecting real reforms. If …
  • Aug 20

    Lay v. legal versions of originalism

    Lay v. legal versions of originalism
    There has been a recent debate on the Volokh Conspiracy and the Originalism blog here, here, here, here, and here among Ilya Somin, Michael Ramsey, and Timothy Sandefur, over whether the meanings of the terms used in the U.S. Constitution…
  • Jun 30

    Anwar al Awlaki

    Anwar al Awlaki
    The issue with Anwar al Awlaki is not whether he was a citizen, or even where he was. If we examine the legal history of the right of due process, we find that it was not confined to citizens (or "subjects" in the English…
Rank this Week: 4841

The Legal Optimist

The Legal Optimist

By Rosie Brown.

http://legaloptimist.wordpress.com
  • Aug 27

    Do I have a right to counsel for probation violation proceedings?

    Do I have a right to counsel for probation violation proceedings?
    Yes, you do have a right to have an attorney for probation violation proceedings in the State of Tennessee. Tennessee Code Annotated § 40-35-311(b) provides that a defendant is entitled to be represented by counsel at a hearing on a…
  • Mar 27

    Tell Governor Haslam Not to Resume Executions in Tennessee

    Tell Governor Haslam Not to Resume Executions in Tennessee
    Join Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty to obtain an adequate number of signatures to influence Governor Haslam’s political choices.  In short, Tennessee is slated to resume executing death row inmates this…
  • Mar 27

    Tell Governor Haslam Not to Resume Executions in Tennessee

    Tell Governor Haslam Not to Resume Executions in Tennessee
    Join Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty to obtain an adequate number of signatures to influence Governor Haslam’s political choices.  In short, Tennessee is slated to resume executing death row inmates this…
Rank this Week: 2327

Nahmod Law

Nahmod Law

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

http://nahmodlaw.com
  • Aug 27

    DeShaney in the Circuits (V): The Third and Tenth Circuits Weigh In

    DeShaney in the Circuits (V): The Third and Tenth Circuits Weigh In
    I have blogged previously about how the DeShaney decision has fared in the circuits. The first time was on 8-22-11; the second time was on 6-1-12; the third time was on 5-20-13; and the most recent was on 6-6-13. Here are two DeShaney-related…
  • Aug 7

    Outline of Remarks on Town of Greece

    Outline of Remarks on Town of Greece
    I spoke yesterday, on August 6, 2014, about the Supreme Court‘s Town of Greece town meeting legislative prayer decision at the National Conference of Jewish Lawyers. In my remarks I situated Town of Greece in Establishment…
  • Jul 29

    All My Videos: Constitutional Law, Section 1983 and SCOTUS

    All My Videos: Constitutional Law, Section 1983 and SCOTUS
    My videos–some lengthy, some relatively brief–on constitutional law (including the First and Second Amendments), section 1983 and the Supreme Court, are now available in one place on Youtube right here:…
Rank this Week: 1810

Dissenting Justice

Dissenting Justice

Provides commentary on law, politics and justice. By Professor Darren Hutchinson.

http://dissentingjustice.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 25

    Obamacare v. Affordable Care Act

    Obamacare v. Affordable Care Act
    Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne writes about Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor's political advertisement that touts his vote for the "Affordable Care Act." As Dionne reports, polls... To view the rest of this article, please…
  • Aug 25

    Election Day Tomorrow - Florida Democratic Governor's Primary

    Election Day Tomorrow - Florida Democratic Governor's Primary
    Tomorrow, Florida Democrats will choose a candidate to challenge incumbent Governor Rick Scott. Although Scott's first term was plagued with corruption, constitutional violations, and widespread... To view the rest of this article, please…
  • Jan 7

    Is Florida Governor Rick Scott Controlling the Search for a New President at FAU?

    Is Florida Governor Rick Scott Controlling the Search for a New President at FAU?
    The Board of Directors of Florida Atlantic University has released the names of 10 finalists for the school's next president. The list contains some interesting demographics. First, only two... To view the rest of this article, please…
Rank this Week: 4417

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
  • Aug 14

    Five Considerations for a Good Child Protection Policy

    Five Considerations for a Good Child Protection Policy
    Failures around child protection policies are heartbreaking on a personal and organizational level because children get hurt.Failures around child protection policies are heartbreaking on a personal and organizational level because children…
  • Jan 4

    Social Networking Policy and Changes in Social Media Law

    Social Networking Policy and Changes in Social Media Law
    Mission organizations are heavy users of various forms of social media, on an individual and organizational level. With personnel, offices, and supporters in multiple countries and time zones, social media makes sense. It has enormous…
  • Dec 7

    Think through Clergy Communications, Confidentiality, and Privilege

    Think through Clergy Communications, Confidentiality, and Privilege
    In most states, and under the common law, communications with spiritual leaders are protected under a privilege called clergy-communicant, clergy-congregant, clergy communications or something similar. But when does it apply? Ministers must…
Rank this Week: 1284

Idaho Criminal Defense Blog

Idaho Criminal Defense Blog

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

http://www.idahocriminaldefenselaw.com/
  • Aug 11

    "Can I be convicted of DUI if I blow less than .08?"

    "Can I be convicted of DUI if I blow less than .08?"
     This weekend I received an inquiry from someone who had been convicted after the judge instructed the jury it could find him guilty of DUI even if it did not find he had a breath alcohol level above .08%. He complained that by…
  • Aug 7

    Zach Neagle is Free - Now He Must Work to Stay Free

    Zach Neagle is Free - Now He Must Work to Stay Free
     Back in June of 2009, I posted that Zachary Neagle had become a client. He was charged with murder - having shot his father in the head as he was asleep on a couch in their home. The case presented the ultimate challenge; convincing…
  • Jul 23

    THERE ARE NO SMALL CASES! Hire a lawyer for that misdemeanor charge and go to trial!

    THERE ARE NO SMALL CASES! Hire a lawyer for that misdemeanor charge and go to trial!
     Attorney Will Young, an associate at Peterson Lawyers writes todays post on misdemeanor cases. So, you have been charged with a misdemeanor. You are probably feeling overwhelmed, nervous, and at least a little bit confused about the…
Rank this Week: 1431

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/
  • Jul 15

    Special Education “Individual Employment Plans”

    Special Education “Individual Employment Plans”
    Congress has passed a bill that may change the way many people with disabilities or other special needs now move into the workforce.  It amends the existing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Currently, large numbers of…
  • Jun 26

    School Recess for Body Regulation and Sensory Input

    School Recess for Body Regulation and Sensory Input
    Here is an interesting article from the Council On School Health about the importance of recess for all students in school — not just students in special education. The Council writes because recess for students generally is…
  • Jun 25

    Child With Autism Entitled to Service Dog in School

    Child With Autism Entitled to Service Dog in School
    The Unites States Justice Department recently brought suit on behalf of an 8 year old boy with special needs — autism and encephalopathy — against a New Jersey school district.  The suit alleged that the School District…
Rank this Week: 2516

Supreme Court Haiku

Supreme Court Haiku

The Law of the Land in Seventeen Syllables.

http://supremecourthaiku.com/blog1/
Rank this Week: 4158

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/
  • Jun 26

    Changing of the Guard at State’s High Court

    Changing of the Guard at State’s High Court
    The California Supreme Court is undergoing a few changes. Justice Joyce L. Kennard has retired and has not yet been replaced. And Justice Marvin R. Baxter is leaving at the end of the year. Much has already been written…
  • Apr 22

    Contractual Attorney Fees in California: Which Statute Applies?

    Contractual Attorney Fees in California: Which Statute Applies?
    A recurring theme in my recent Daily Journal publications has been the rough doctrinal fit between operation of Civil Code section 1717 and Code of Civil Procedure section 1021 and section 1032. Section 1717 has been…
  • Jan 8

    Contractual Attorney Fee Provisions: Words Matter

    Contractual Attorney Fee Provisions: Words Matter
    This blog entry provides an analytical metric for double-checking assumptions about application of Civil Code section 1717 and contractual attorney fee awards.  As the case law demonstrates, it is easy to…
Rank this Week: 1723

First Amendment Lawyer Blog

First Amendment Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.firstamendmentlawyerblog.com/
  • 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…
  • Jun 16

    Will Congress Shield News Media?

    Will Congress Shield News Media?
    Will Congress step in where the U. S. Supreme Court decided not to tread? That's the question facing the news media and advocates of the so-called Free Flow of Information Act now that the U. S. Supreme Court in early…
  • Feb 26

    Can Smartphones Conceal Officials' Dumb Comments?

    Can Smartphones Conceal Officials' Dumb Comments?
    Public officials who say something stupid or corrupt often don't use their work computer. The device du jour for sending incriminating or embarrassing messages has become the "personal" computer or smartphone. Recent revelations…
Rank this Week: 1632

Charter Cases

Charter Cases

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

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

    R. v. Spencer, 2014 SCC 43

    R. v. Spencer, 2014 SCC 43
    The accused, Matthew David Spencer, was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography as a result of a police investigation using Limewire, an anonymous peer-to-peer file sharing software. Upon discovering an IP address which…
  • Mar 19

    Canada (Attorney General) v. Whaling, 2014 SCC 20

    Canada (Attorney General) v. Whaling, 2014 SCC 20
    When the federal government passed the Abolition of Early Parole Act, three inmates serving sentences for first-time, non-violent offences argued that the retroactive application of such legislation infringed their right not to be…
  • Dec 19

    Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford, 2013 SCC 72

    Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford, 2013 SCC 72
    The Respondents, a group of prostitutes and former prostitutes, argued that a number of Criminal Code provisions prohibiting expression and commercial activities relating to prostitution were in breach of Sections 7 and 2(b) of the Charter of…
Rank this Week: 1741

New Jersey Eminent Domain Law Blog

New Jersey Eminent Domain Law Blog

This blog is dedicated to informing the general public, as well as attorneys and real estate professionals, about current condemnation and redevelopment procedures and their impact on private property. Published by William J. Ward of Carlin Ward.

http://www.njeminentdomain.com/
  • Jun 10

    Eminent Domain and the Underwater Mortgage

    Eminent Domain and the Underwater Mortgage
    A number of cities in New Jersey, including Irvington and Newark, are considering using the power of eminent domain to aid homeowners whose mortgages are underwater. A mortgage is underwater when its unpaid balance is greater than the…
  • Jan 14

    If this isn't inverse condemnation, what is?

    If this isn't inverse condemnation, what is?
    In 100 Paterson Realty LLC v. Hoboken, the Appellate Division addressed the standard for determining whether an inverse condemnation has taken place: whether the threat of condemnation has had such a substantial effect as to destroy all…
  • Oct 24

    NJ beachfront owners hold out for eminent domain

    NJ beachfront owners hold out for eminent domain
    One year after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on October 29, 2013, demands by public officials for the voluntary surrender of property are strident. Local mayors and the governor seek the conveyance of beachfront easements…
Rank this Week: 4523

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
  • Jun 5

    Tomiko Brown-Nagin, "The Honor and Burden of Being First: Judge Constance Baker Motley"

    Tomiko Brown-Nagin, "The Honor and Burden of Being First: Judge Constance Baker Motley"
    Professor Brown-Nagin's talk examines the legacy of The Honorable Constance Baker Motley—and break new ground in the study of civil rights, women's rights, and the legal profession. A protégée of Thurgood Marshall, Motley…
  • Jun 3

    M. Todd Henderson, "Do Judges Follow the Law?"

    M. Todd Henderson, "Do Judges Follow the Law?"
    In a naïve model of judging, Congress writes statutes, which courts know about and then slavishly apply. But a Chicago lawyer might doubt this model, believing judges are maximizing something other than compliance with the law. In this…
  • May 29

    A Fireside Chat with David Sacks '98, Founder and CEO of Yammer

    A Fireside Chat with David Sacks '98, Founder and CEO of Yammer
    Professor Todd Henderson leads an engaging discussion with Yammer Founder and CEO, David Sacks. David has been involved in the Internet space more than 10 years as an entrepreneur, executive and investor, starting with PayPal in 1999. He…
Rank this Week: 281