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Sentencing Law and Policy

Sentencing Law and Policy

By Douglas A. Berman.

http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/
  • Aug 20

    Pennsylvania Supreme Court declares $75K mandatory fine constitutionally excessive for $200 theft

    Pennsylvania Supreme Court declares $75K mandatory fine constitutionally excessive for $200 theft
    Thanks to How Appealing, I just saw this fascinating new unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania v. Eisenberg, No. (Pa. Aug. 19, 2014) (available here). Here is how the lengthy opinion gets started: The…
  • Aug 20

    Detailing the significant increase in California lifers getting parole

    Detailing the significant increase in California lifers getting parole
    This local article, headlined "Life with parole no longer means life term: Legal ruling causes steady rise in parole for California's lifers," highlights that parole has recently become a realistic possibility again for lifers in…
  • Aug 20

    "15 years without an execution: the death penalty in Pennsylvania"

    "15 years without an execution: the death penalty in Pennsylvania"
    The title of this post is the headline of this local article highlighting Pennsylvania's remarkably long de facto moratorium on executions despite sending a significant number of murderers to death row." Here are the details:…
Rank this Week: 290

ImmigrationProf Blog

ImmigrationProf Blog

By Kevin R. Johnson, Bill O. Hing and Rose Cuison Villazor.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/
  • Aug 20

    Call for Immigration Law Syllabus and Other Teaching Material

    Call for Immigration Law Syllabus and Other Teaching Material
    The fall semester is (nearly) upon us already. For those who are teaching immigration law (or a related course) for the first time, welcome! For those who have been teaching for X year(s), welcome back! Many of you know that...
  • Aug 20

    Webinar: Representing Women and Children Seeking Asylum

    Webinar: Representing Women and Children Seeking Asylum
    The UC Hastings Center for Gender & Refugee Studies and the Legal Aid of Association of California will be sponsoring a webinar for people who are interested in filing asylum claims on behalf of women and children fleeing violence and...
  • Aug 20

    Vargas and Advocates Will Apply for Deportation Deferral

    Vargas and Advocates Will Apply for Deportation Deferral
    Jose Antonio Vargas and ten other people who are in the United States without authorized immigration status are planning on applying for deportation deferrals, as reported by Julia Preston of the NYT today. In particular, Mr. Vargas said that…
Rank this Week: 53

EvidenceProf Blog

EvidenceProf Blog

Edited by Colin Miller, Jeffrey Bellin and Ben Trachtenberg.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/evidenceprof/
Rank this Week: 1135

Opinio Juris

Opinio Juris

Covers international law and international relations.

http://opiniojuris.org
  • Aug 20

    A Summer of Shifting Alliances?

    A Summer of Shifting Alliances?
    by Deborah Pearlstein by Deborah Pearlstein Just keeping up with the news on international terrorism/counterterrorism this summer could be a full time job. Among many other potentially significant reports, I wanted to highlight this statement…
  • Aug 20

    Emerging Voices: Controversy on the Definition of the Cambodian Genocide at the ECCC

    Emerging Voices: Controversy on the Definition of the Cambodian Genocide at the ECCC
    by Melanie Vianney-Liaud by Melanie Vianney-Liaud [Mélanie Vianney-Liaud is a PhD Candidate in International Law at the Aix-Marseille University in France.] Many international Human Rights authorities, including the United Nations…
  • Aug 19

    A Tale of Two Baarles: Crazy-Quilt Maps and Sovereignty Over Certain Frontier Land

    A Tale of Two Baarles: Crazy-Quilt Maps and Sovereignty Over Certain Frontier Land
    by Chris Borgen by Chris Borgen Radiolab has  posted an informative and entertaining essay entitled “How to Cross 5 International Borders in 1 Minute without Sweating.” It describes the intertwined municipalities of the Dutch…
Rank this Week: 82

White Collar Crime Prof Blog

White Collar Crime Prof Blog

Edited by Ellen S. Podgor, Solomon L. Wisenberg and Lawrence S. Goldman.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/whitecollarcrime_blog/
  • Aug 20

    Memo to Rick Perry: Curb Your Inner Bully

    Memo to Rick Perry: Curb Your Inner Bully
    My favorite statement so far on the Rick Perry indictment comes from Senator Ted Cruz: "Unfortunately there has been a sad history of the Travis County District Atttorney's Office engaging in politically-motivated prosecutions, and this…
  • Aug 12

    Future Trends Regarding White Collar Crime and China

    Future Trends Regarding White Collar Crime and China
    As I mentioned in my post last week, I moderated a roundtable discussion at this year's ABA annual meeting entitled Navigating the White Collar Crime Landscape in China. While the discussion included many unique and interesting insights into…
  • Aug 10

    The 'Too Big to Jail' Effect and the Impact on the Justice Department's Corporate Charging Policy

    The 'Too Big to Jail' Effect and the Impact on the Justice Department's Corporate Charging Policy
    Court E. Golumbic & Albert D. Lichy, The 'Too Big to Jail' Effect and the Impact on the Justice Department's Corporate Charging Policy, ssrn abstract - In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the failure of the Department of...
Rank this Week: 2419

Nonprofit Law Prof Blog

Nonprofit Law Prof Blog

Covers federal and state laws and cases affecting non-profits. Edited by David A. Brennen, Darryll K. Jones, Johnny Rex Buckles, John D. Colombo, Susan N. Gary, Vaughn E. James, Thomas A. Kelley III, Lloyd H. Mayer, Nancy A. McLaughlin, Nicholas A. Mirkay, Karla W. Simon, Sophie E. Smyth, Alice M. Thomas, Elaine Waterhouse Wilson, and Miranda Perry Fleischer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/nonprofit/
  • Aug 20

    New Report on Governance by College Trustee

    New Report on Governance by College Trustee
    The Chronicle of Higher Education is running a story on a recent report exhorting college boards of trustees to engage more actively in governance. The key details follow: The report, “Governance for a New Era: A Blueprint for Higher…
  • Aug 20

    Status of EO Application Backlog

    Status of EO Application Backlog
    Tax Notes Today (subscription required) reports that the Internal Revenue Service’s Tax-Exempt and Government Entities Division is progressing significantly in clearing its backlog of exempt organization applications that existed as of the…
  • Aug 19

    Update on ProPublica’s Request for Information on Post-Sandy Expenditure

    Update on ProPublica’s Request for Information on Post-Sandy Expenditure
    We previously blogged about the efforts of ProPublica to obtain from the American Red Cross (ARC) information about how the ARC has spent its $300 million-plus in donations that it received for humanitarian aid following Hurricane Sandy. The…
Rank this Week: 720

Leiter Reports: A Group Blog

Leiter Reports: A Group Blog

Covers academic freedom, authoritarianism and fascism, intelligent design and more. By University of Texas Professor Brian R. Leiter and others.

http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/
  • Aug 20

    On Israel, Gaza and double standard

    On Israel, Gaza and double standard
    Philosopher Daniel Weinstock (McGill) comments.
  • Aug 20

    A good case for boycotting Illinois until they rectify the mistreatment of Salaita

    A good case for boycotting Illinois until they rectify the mistreatment of Salaita
    Philosopher Paul Boghossian (NYU) gave me permission to post his comments in support of boycotting Illinois over the Salaita scandal: We have an important moral issue before us. Academic freedom is endangered. A person, who had resigned his…
  • Aug 20

    What is "crucial" for the success of the APA's new journal (JAPA)?

    What is "crucial" for the success of the APA's new journal (JAPA)?
    Philosopher Sally Haslanger (MIT) writes: "It is crucial to the success of the journal that it represent research done by the many different intellectual constituencies of the APA." That seems to me the primary danger for the journal, not…
Rank this Week: 240

Law School Academic Support Blog

Law School Academic Support Blog

Edited by Rebecca Flanagan, Amy Jarmon, Daniel Weddle, Myra Orlen, Alex Ruskell, Bonnie Stepleton and Lisa Young.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/academic_support/
  • Aug 20

    Learning Curve Call for Submission

    Learning Curve Call for Submission
    Dear colleagues, The Learning Curve is the official publication of the AALS Section on Academic Support. It is published twice yearly, once in the summer and once in the winter. As shared in the summer issue last month (also attached...
  • Aug 19

    Welcome to Law School!

    Welcome to Law School!
    Welcome to law school! Welcome to law school, we’re glad you’re here! Many of you will be hearing this statement over and over again during the next few weeks, and may have various thoughts as to why so many people...
  • Aug 18

    Getting comfortable being uncomfortable – good for teachers as well as student

    Getting comfortable being uncomfortable – good for teachers as well as student
    Orientation for incoming 1L’s starts today! ASP’ers are prepped to welcome students to law school: introductory lessons are prepared; workshops are scheduled resource rooms are stocked with study aids. What else can we do? As we prepare…
Rank this Week: 1032

Animal Blawg

Animal Blawg

Covers animal law, ethics and policy. By Professor David N. Cassuto, Professor Luis E. Chiesa and law student Suzanne McMillan.

http://animalblawg.wordpress.com
  • Aug 20

    When Can an Animal be Seized as Evidence?

    When Can an Animal be Seized as Evidence?
    Seth Victor A provocative case came out of the Oregon Supreme Court two weeks ago addressing a warrantless seizure of a horse that was used to convict the defendants of animal abuse. As Animal Legal Defense Fund…
  • Aug 17

    Stop a depraved ‘predator derby’ on your public land

    Stop a depraved ‘predator derby’ on your public land
    Kathleen Stachowski   Other Nations Q: What do coyotes, skunks, weasels, jackrabbits, raccoons, starlings, and grey wolves in Idaho have in common? A: An arsenal of bullets heading their way. Why? All are designated as…
  • Aug 15

    Fur farms: Whom would Jesus skin?

    Fur farms: Whom would Jesus skin?
    Kathleen Stachowski     Other Nations “It’s farming. It is just a different type of farming.” So said Larry Schultz in a bid to move his bobcat fur farm from North Dakota–away from the hustle and bustle of…
Rank this Week: 1041

Business Law Prof Blog

Business Law Prof Blog

Edited by C. Steven Bradford, Joshua P. Fershee, J. Haskell Murray, Marcia L. Narine, Stefan J. Padfield and Anne Tucker.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/business_law/
  • Aug 20

    Corporate Constitutional Themes in Survey Corporations/BA course

    Corporate Constitutional Themes in Survey Corporations/BA course
    Fellow BLPB blogers have shared on and off line their coverage scope and strategies for Business Associations/Corporations. In thinking about how to fit in big corporate constitutional questions into a syllabus that is already jam packed with…
  • Aug 19

    Summer's Over: More On Teaching Business Organization

    Summer's Over: More On Teaching Business Organization
    At West Virginia University College of Law, we started classes yesterday, and I taught my first classes of the year: Energy Law in the morning and Business Organizations in the afternoon. As I do with a new year coming, I...
  • Aug 18

    More on Sports, Fashion, and Law

    More on Sports, Fashion, and Law
    OK. So, I am stretching a bit here. But yoga may be considered a sport, athletic clothing is a kind of fashion, and securities fraud prohibitions and corporate director fiduciary duty involve law. So, I stand by my blog title...
Rank this Week: 127

CYB3RCRIM3

CYB3RCRIM3

Features observations on technology, law and lawlessness. By University of Dayton Susan Brenner.

http://cyb3rcrim3.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 20

    The Jury, Assault and the Unclean Laptop

    The Jury, Assault and the Unclean Laptop
    After “Tracy Napier was convicted by a Perry Circuit Court jury of first-degree assault and sentenced to ten-years' imprisonment”, arguing, among other things, that the trial judge erred in letting the jury “replay a…
  • Aug 18

    The Grandmother, Child Pornography and the 4th Amendment

    The Grandmother, Child Pornography and the 4th Amendment
    After Louis Colon–Gentile was charged “in a seven-count indictment with distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code §§…
  • Aug 15

    Adultery, Emails and Spyware

    Adultery, Emails and Spyware
    After the Family Court in Lexington County, South Carolina granted a divorce to James Arthur Teeter III and Debra Teeter, James appealed the “court's rulings regarding the valuation and classification of property” at issue in the…
Rank this Week: 369

MauledAgain

MauledAgain

Covers tax law, legal education, the First Amendment, religion, and law generally. By Villanova law professor James Edward Maule.

http://mauledagain.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 20

    “Give Us a Tax Break and We’ll Do Nice Things.” Not.

    “Give Us a Tax Break and We’ll Do Nice Things.” Not.
    Almost two years ago, in Public Financing of Private Sports Enterprises: Good for the Private, Bad for the Public, I pointed to the fiasco surrounding the financing of the Yankee Stadium parking garages as yet more proof of why public money…
  • Aug 18

    Campaign Promises of Cheap Gasoline and No Taxe

    Campaign Promises of Cheap Gasoline and No Taxe
    Last week, on a visit to my son and daughter-in-law in Rhode Island, we drove past a campaign billboard on which the candidate’s promise was proclaimed. If elected, he would lower gasoline prices to $2.50 per gallon. I asked,…
  • Aug 15

    Tax Is More Than Numbers: Words Matter

    Tax Is More Than Numbers: Words Matter
    A recent case, Chapel v. Comr., T.C. Memo 2014-151, illustrates why the “tax is numbers” mentality that convinces too many law students to ignore tax courses is so wrong. Though numbers matter, much of tax analysis involves words.…
Rank this Week: 2661

ContractsProf Blog

ContractsProf Blog

Edited by Franklin G. Snyder, D. A. Jeremy Telman, Nancy S. Kim, Meredith R. Miller, Myanna Dellinger, Jeffrey L. Harrison and Michael Malloy.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/contractsprof_blog/
  • Aug 20

    Save the Dates: Knapp Conference & KCON 10

    Save the Dates: Knapp Conference & KCON 10
    The University of California Hastings College of the Law is sponsoring a symposium to honor Professor Charles L. Knapp (left) on the completion of his 50th year of law teaching. (He began his teaching career at NYU School of Law...
  • Aug 19

    NJ Appellate Court Refuses to Enforce Exculpatory Clause that Waives Ordinary Negligence Claim

    NJ Appellate Court Refuses to Enforce Exculpatory Clause that Waives Ordinary Negligence Claim
    Plaintiff sued the YMCA for injuries sustained when he slipped and fell on stairs that he alleged were negligently maintained. First, let’s get this out of the way: The YMCA argued that plaintiff was contractually barred from seeking…
  • Aug 19

    Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera

    Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera
    Now there's a headline that will make Fox News chortle with glee. The Al Jazeera news network purchased Al Gore's Current TV channel for $500 million. Gore's suit alleges that Al Jazeera still owed $65 million on the purchase price....
Rank this Week: 321

Religion Clause

Religion Clause

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

http://religionclause.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 21

Human Rights at Home Blog

Human Rights at Home Blog

Edited by Martha F. Davis, Margaret Drew, Lauren Bartlett, Carrie Bettinger Lopez, Leigh Goodmark, Brian Howe, Deena Hurwitz, Risa Kaufman, Sital Kilantry, Mariah McGill, Fran Quigley, Katherine Schultz, David Singleton, Cindy Soohoo, Jonathan Todrews, Penny Venetis and Lesley Wexler.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/human_rights/
  • Aug 20

    Sital Kalantry reports on UN CERD Committee and Chicago Public School

    Sital Kalantry reports on UN CERD Committee and Chicago Public School
    The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Expresses Concern Over Public Education in Chicago Chicago’s recent public school closings are one of the most frequently cited specific instances of racial discrimination…
  • Aug 19

    Upcoming Human Rights Conference

    Upcoming Human Rights Conference
    We highlight two upcoming human rights conferences. First, the Fifth International Conference on Human Rights Education, "Advancing UNiversal Human Rights Culture," will be held December 4-6, 2014, at American University Washington College of…
  • Aug 18

    Law Profs Critique the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Right

    Law Profs Critique the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Right
    Two recent SSRN postings offer provocative critiques of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. First, Professor Tara J. Melish has posted, "Putting 'Human Rights' Back into the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights:…
Rank this Week: 1857

TortsProf Blog

TortsProf Blog

Covers accident and injury law. By Sheila B. Scheuerman and Christopher J. Robinette.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/tortsprof/
  • Aug 20

    Calabresi on Liability Rule

    Calabresi on Liability Rule
    Guido Calabresi (Yale, Second Circuit) has posted to SSRN A Broader View of the Cathedral: The Significance of the Liability Rule, Correcting a Misapprehension. The abstract provides: Recent years have seen a resurgence of Torts viewed as a…
  • Aug 19

    Long on Consent in Defamation and Employment Reference Case

    Long on Consent in Defamation and Employment Reference Case
    Alex Long (Tennessee) has posted to SSRN The Forgotten Role of Consent in Defamation and Employment Reference Cases. The abstract provides: As has been well documented, the fear of defamation suits and related claims leads many employers to…
  • Aug 18

    Harris & Peeples on Demographic and System Variables in Med Mal

    Harris & Peeples on Demographic and System Variables in Med Mal
    Catherine Harris (Wake Forest-Sociology) & Ralph Peeples (Wake Forest) have posted to SSRN Medical Errors, Medical Malpractice and Death Cases in North Carolina: The Impact of Demographic and System Variables. The abstract provides: A…
Rank this Week: 459

The Hugh Hewitt Show

The Hugh Hewitt Show

Covers politics.

http://www.hughhewitt.com/
  • Aug 19

    Minnesota and 2014

    Minnesota and 2014
    First, read the report of Archbishop Chaput’s recent remarks on the subject of the growing Latino-American population. Especially this challenge he issued to American Catholics: “Ask yourselves if you’re really putting all…
  • Aug 18

    Former Federal Judge And Prosecutor Stephen Larson On What Rick Perry Should Do Next

    Former Federal Judge And Prosecutor Stephen Larson On What Rick Perry Should Do Next
    HH: Today, there are two major stories – what is going on in Ferguson, and I’ve got my eye on that, and we’re going to talk about the National Guard’s role throughout the day, and what happened on Friday night as I…
  • Aug 17

    How The GOP Ought To Campaign On The Federal Court

    How The GOP Ought To Campaign On The Federal Court
    My Monday Washington Examiner column looks at the wreckage made of judicial confirmations by Democrats from ted Kennedy to Harry Reid, and outlines the strategy the GOP ought to use to rebuild: First retaliate with a blockade and then rebuild…
Rank this Week: 2107

Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Edited by John Kang and Tracy A. Thomas.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/gender_law/
  • Aug 19

    Did a 1972 Supreme Court Already Decide Right to Gay Marriage?

    Did a 1972 Supreme Court Already Decide Right to Gay Marriage?
    From WaPo: A whole lot of judges who are being asked to decide whether states may ban same-sex couples from marrying think the Supreme Court clearly gave them the answer last year: no. But a few judges think the Supreme...<img…
  • Aug 19

    Higher Tenure Rates for Men--Why?

    Higher Tenure Rates for Men--Why?
    Tracy had posted about three female professors at Northeastern who had been denied tenure recently. On a related note, there is an article in Inside Higher Ed which takes note that more men than women have gained and are likely...<img…
  • Aug 19

    ICYMI Federal Lawyer Magazine Issue on Women in Law

    ICYMI Federal Lawyer Magazine Issue on Women in Law
    Highlights of the July 2014 Issue of The Federal Lawyer magazine on "Women in Law" include Ruth Ann French-Hodson, The Continuing Gender Gap in Legal Education (WL Link), reporting the results of a law-school study conducted by Yale…
Rank this Week: 1858

Health Law Prof Blog

Health Law Prof Blog

Edited by Katharine Van Tassel, Jennifer S. Bard, Leslie Francis, Nicole Huberfeld, Mary Munson, David Orentlicher, Frank Pasquale, Nicolas P. Terry and Vickie Williams.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/healthlawprof_blog/
Rank this Week: 2431

Verdict

Verdict

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

http://verdict.justia.com/
  • Aug 19

    Mommy and Momma: Determining Parentage in the New Family

    Mommy and Momma: Determining Parentage in the New Family
    Hofstra University law professor Joanna Grossman comments on a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Hampshire recognizing that both women who raised a child (while they were in a relationship together) are legal parents, despite that…
  • Aug 18

    The Fifth Circuit Blocks Mississippi Law From Closing the Last Abortion Clinic

    The Fifth Circuit Blocks Mississippi Law From Closing the Last Abortion Clinic
    Cornell University law professor Sherry Colb discusses a recent decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit sustaining an as-applied constitutional challenge to a Mississippi law requiring “admitting…
  • Aug 17

    Suing the President

    Suing the President
    Chapman University law professor Ronald Rotunda discusses on the lawsuit against President Obama and explains the issue of judicial standing to sue the President for exceeding his constitutional authority. Rotunda points to the U.S. Supreme…
Rank this Week: 3520

Poverty Law Prof Blog

Poverty Law Prof Blog

Covers global poverty, welfare and current affairs. By Professors Ezra Rosser and Lowell Kent Hull.

http://maximinlaw.wordpress.com
  • Aug 19

    New Article: “‘Pennies on the Dollar': Reallocating Risk and Deficiency Judgment Liability”

    New Article: &ldquo;&lsquo;Pennies on the Dollar': Reallocating Risk and Deficiency Judgment Liability&rdquo;
    New Article: Kristen Barnes, ‘Pennies on the Dollar': Reallocating Risk and Deficiency Judgment Liability, forthcoming S.C. L. Rev. 2014.  Abstract below: Many homeowners are unaware that they face the prospect of crushing personal…
  • Aug 18

    Extension of the deadline for AALS Poverty Section Call for Papers, new deadline Sept. 1

    Extension of the deadline for AALS Poverty Section Call for Papers, new deadline Sept. 1
    The AALS Section on Poverty Law will sponsor a session at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting on January 4, 2015. The title of the program is Working But Poor: Understanding and Confronting the Working Poor Phenomenon. In collaboration…
  • Aug 16

    Thoughts on Transferring for Law Student

    Thoughts on Transferring for Law Student
    This blog post is aimed largely at law students, not at law professors.  But I have felt I should say something about the topic of law student transfers for some time, if for no other reason than so that I … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 719

In the News

In the News

Faculty news from Berkeley Law.

http://inthenews.berkeleylawblogs.org/
  • Aug 19

    Exit, voice, and the privacy paradox

    Exit, voice, and the privacy paradox
    Christopher Hoofnagle writes for Medium, August 4, 2014 Privacy surveys find that individuals care about privacy, but any observer of social networks can find a great deal of profligate, ill-advised information sharing. 
  • Aug 19

    American exceptionism

    American exceptionism
    Jonathan Simon interviewed on This is Hell, August 2, 2014 “2014 is to mass incarceration what 1964 was to segregation – the year that it became totally discredited, but also ended up becoming the norm for American society.”
  • Aug 19

    Botox maker Allergan’s takeover defense speed bump

    Botox maker Allergan’s takeover defense speed bump
    Steven Davidoff Solomon and Peter J. Henning write for The New York Times, August 1, 2014 Allergan has taken a well-worn route to fight off a takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals and William A. Ackman’s hedge fund,…
Rank this Week: 121

Faculty Blog - Faculty of Law,…

Faculty Blog - Faculty of Law, University of Alberta

By Barbara Billingsley, Cameron Hutchison, Daniel Mol, David Cheifetz, Eran Kaplinsky, Eric Adam, Erin Nelson, James Muir, Lewis Klar, Q.C., Mark Amman, Moin A Yahya, Peter Carver, Russ Brown, Steven Penney

http://ualbertalaw.typepad.com/faculty/
  • Aug 19

    Why (not) Study Law?

    Why (not) Study Law?
    Michael Krauss, who teaches at Geroge Mason University School of Law, my law school, has some advice to incoming first-year law students. Read the whole thing, but his punch line(s) is: Are you interested in pursuing Justice, in making the...
  • Aug 18

    Housing Cost

    Housing Cost
    Anytime you see a city that has expensive housing, one needs only to look for some regulation that keeps them so:
  • Aug 17

    Bad Brief

    Bad Brief
    How do you write a bad brief? Easy! Just follow these 12 simple rules: Make it a “long,” not a brief. ... Throw issues against the wall. ... Flunk the giggle test. ... Commit purposeful errors. ... Make unreasonable arguments....
Rank this Week: 4501

Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot

Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot

Covers governance in higher education and in law firms, bankruptcy ethics, popular culture and the law, Enron and other corporate fiascos, and professional responsibility generally. By Nancy Rapoport, a law professor at UNLV's Boyd School of Law.

http://nancyrapoport.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 19

    Am I a bit OCD about writing? Why, yes. Yes, I am.

    Am I a bit OCD about writing? Why, yes. Yes, I am.
    Proof?  My latest proofreading affidavit for my students (here).
  • Aug 19

    Dear Apple: fool me once, shame on you; fool me EIGHT TIMES, shame on me.

    Dear Apple: fool me once, shame on you; fool me EIGHT TIMES, shame on me.
    I give up.  I have owned eight of your Airport Time Machines.  Eight.  And the number of them that have failed catastrophically?  EIGHT, including the replacement one that the Apple Genius gave me yesterday (w/o a receipt,…
  • Aug 18

    Bravo, Steven Lubet!

    Bravo, Steven Lubet!
    His post over at The Faculty Lounge is superb in its dissection of the Salaita issues.  My only tiny quibble is that I'm totally ok with Illinois's decision not to hire Salaita.
Rank this Week: 1270

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/
  • Aug 19

    Valde Mirum

    Valde Mirum
    This is soooo weird: Krebs on Security, Lorem Ipsum: Of Good & Evil, Google & China.
  • Aug 18

    Ferguson’s Backstory

    Ferguson’s Backstory
    Amazing Whitepaper by ArchCity Defenders, a legal aid organization representing indigent defendants in the St. Louis metropolitan area, on how Ferguson police/prosecutors/judiciary are in league to milk poor defendants of large fines on the…
  • Aug 18

    Jotwell Needs a Student Editor

    Jotwell Needs a Student Editor
    Apologies, blog readers, but this announcement is for UM Law 2L and 3L students only: Jotwell, the online journal of reviews of recent faculty scholarship relating to the law, needs a third student editor. The ideal candidate will be…
Rank this Week: 39

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/
  • Aug 19

    American scientific capital

    American scientific capital
    A panel at a national meeting of historians I attended was devoted to the relation between the study of history and STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One speaker explained that practical skills were widespread…
  • Aug 12

    Misunderstanding Iran

    Misunderstanding Iran
    For the last few days my wife and I attended the semi-annual meeting of the International Society for Iranian Studies. It was held in Montreal this time. Several panels were devoted to Iranian foreign policy. At one of them, scholars outlined…
  • Aug 5

    Tailspins for the Poor

    Tailspins for the Poor
    George Gershwin wrote “I’ve got plenty of nothing, and nothing’s plenty for me.” But sometimes it seems like politics is about the art of squeezing or taking as much as possible from people who have nothing at all…
Rank this Week: 4533

Start Making Sense

Start Making Sense

Tax and budget policy by Dan Shaviro

http://danshaviro.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 19

    The Obama Administration's move towards greater unilateral executive action

    The Obama Administration's move towards greater unilateral executive action
    Today's New York Times notes "Mr. Obama's increasingly expansive appetite for the use of unilateral action on issues including immigration, tax policy, and gay rights," which it says has "emboldened activists and businesses to flock to the…
  • Aug 18

    Forthcoming conference at NYU Law School on Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    Forthcoming conference at NYU Law School on Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century
    Here is the text of an announcement that has just been sent out.  The event has been in the works for some months now, but I didn't think I should mention it here until it officially went public.I will mention further details in due…
  • Aug 2

    Kotlikoff versus Baker and Krugman

    Kotlikoff versus Baker and Krugman
    This past Thursday, Laurence Kotlikoff had a NY Times op-ed with two main points.  First, the infinite horizon U.S. fiscal gap is huge, and ought to be reported.  It stands at $210 trillion, and eliminating it would require an…
Rank this Week: 3907

M & A Law Prof Blog

M & A Law Prof Blog

Edited by Brian J.M. Quinn, Afra Afsharipour, and Michael A. Woronoff.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/mergers/
  • Aug 19

    What's driving inversions?

    What's driving inversions?
    That question is still a bit of a mystery. Still no real answer, but like the SAT test we can start to eliminate the obviously wrong answers. From a paper by Ed Kleinbard, Competitiveness Has Nothing to Do With It...
  • Aug 15

    Market Basket and minutes of board meeting

    Market Basket and minutes of board meeting
    For those of you not from the Boston area, the whole Market Basket saga has not been a part of your summer. Around here, it's been a huge story. The ten cent version: Market Basket is a regional grocery chain...
  • Aug 7

    Fleischer on inversion

    Fleischer on inversion
    Vic Fleischer's got his take on how to deal with inversions up at the Times site. He calls it, aptly, a dispute between law and politics. That's about right. There's also a link to a video of Obama on the...
Rank this Week: 149

Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Focuses on issues of interest to adjunct law professors, including labor law, employment law, employee benefits law and education law issues. Edited by Mitchell H. Rubinstein.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/adjunctprofs/
  • Aug 19

    Best Paying Jobs of 2014

    Best Paying Jobs of 2014
    Yahoo Finance posted an interesting article about the best paying jobs of 2014. They report on a survey done by the job portal Careercast.com which utilized data from the BLS. Below is a useful chart published by Yahoo:
  • Aug 6

    Randall, A Reasonable Penalty Under The Circumstance

    Randall, A Reasonable Penalty Under The Circumstance
    Harvey Randall just updated his wonderful treatise on NYS Public Employee Discipline entitled "A Reasonable Penalty Under The Circumstances." We reviewed this book before and it just gets better and better. Every lawyer who…
  • Aug 4

    Instructor at Yoga School Is An Employee

    Instructor at Yoga School Is An Employee
    Matter of Yoga Vida v. Commissioner of Labor, ___A.D. 3d___(3d Dep't. July 31, 2014), is an interesting case. In the context of Unemployment, the court had to decide whether a Yoga instructor was an employee. In concluding that she was,...
Rank this Week: 1112

The Race to the Bottom

The Race to the Bottom

A faculty-student collaboration on corporate governance. By Professor J. Robert Brown, Jr.

http://www.theracetothebottom.org/
  • Aug 19

    History Repeating Itself: Microcap Fraud and Tertiary Player

    History Repeating Itself: Microcap Fraud and Tertiary Player
    According to the WSJ, the SEC is looking into microcap fraud. Microcap fraud typically involves a dishonest broker (someone has to facilitate the sale of the shares) and often a dishonest company (someone has to tell the market a false…
  • Aug 18

    Insider Trading and the Unexpected Dangers of Information Shared in Alcoholics Anonymou

    Insider Trading and the Unexpected Dangers of Information Shared in Alcoholics Anonymou
    As an academic, writing an exam that tests the law of insider trading can be enjoyable. We faculty can often come up with the most outlandish scenarios and test whether students can apply the arcane and definitely not intuitive law of insider…
  • Aug 15

    Mandating Arbitration of Securities Class Action Lawsuits: Commonwealth Reit v. Portnoy

    Mandating Arbitration of Securities Class Action Lawsuits: Commonwealth Reit v. Portnoy
    Recent decisions out of Delaware have given broad license to companies to adopt bylaws that directly interfere with actions brought by shareholders and other investors.  Delaware courts have upheld bylaws that require actions to be…
Rank this Week: 343

Underbelly: A Journal of Soft…

Underbelly: A Journal of Soft Information

By Professor Jack Ayer.

http://underbelly-buce.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 18

    From the Inbox

    From the Inbox
    From her corner office in New York’s Rockefeller Center, [Rebecca Patterson] the chief investment officer of Bessemer Trust Co. is putting $55.7 billion in client assets under geopolitical stress. ...  Patterson joined Bessemer,…
  • Aug 16

    Shakespeare the Player

    Shakespeare the Player
    Well, here's a blessing.  I'd call it an unbought grace, except that I bought it, in a used bookstore, on impulse.  That is: Shakespeare the Player, subtitled "A Life in the Theatre," a book by one John Southworth, hitherto…
  • Aug 13

    Gindin and Panitch and the "Four Transformations"

    Gindin and Panitch and the &quot;Four Transformations&quot;
    Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch try to understand and explain how the world has changed over the last half century or so: Four specific transformations were especially important in this restructuring of the economy and social relations in the US,…
Rank this Week: 180

Best Practice for Legal Education

Best Practice for Legal Education

A blawg by Albany Law School Professor Mary Lynch designed to be a useful web-based source of information on current reforms in legal education, and to create a place where people interested in the future of legal education can freely exchange ideas, concerns, and opinions.

http://bestpracticeslegaled.albanylawblogs.org/
  • Aug 18

    Legal Education and Professional Identity, by Steve Friedland

    Legal Education and Professional Identity, by Steve Friedland
    I participated in a discussion group about teaching the formation of professional identity at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) conference in early August, led by Professors Ben Madison of Regent University School of…
  • Aug 13

    Shultz and Zedeck: Collaboration and Motivation in Orientation!

    Shultz and Zedeck: Collaboration and Motivation in Orientation!
    One-Ls at Albany Law, just like those at many other schools, are in the midst of Fall 2014 Orientation. Today, I participated as a  “faculty observer” in a collaborative skill building exercise organized by our Associate Dean…
  • Aug 12

    The Baby Has Finally Been Birthed!

    The Baby Has Finally Been Birthed!
    Comprehensive revisions passed The ABA House of Delegates passed the comprehensve revisions with “minimal  fuss” according to the ABA Journal linked  above.  One area, however, garnered  significant attention…
Rank this Week: 4532

Securities Law Prof Blog

Securities Law Prof Blog

Covers securities arbitration, state securities law, court decisions and law review articles. By Eric C. Chaffee.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/securities/
  • Aug 18

    Chu on Credit Rating

    Chu on Credit Rating
    Chenghuan Sean Chu has posted Empirical Analysis of Credit Ratings Inflation as a Game of Incomplete Information on SSRN with the following abstract: This paper models competition among credit rating agencies as an auction. Equilibrium…
  • Aug 18

    Rapp on the Office of Market Intelligence

    Rapp on the Office of Market Intelligence
    Geoffrey Christopher Rapp has posted Intelligence Design: An Analysis of the SEC's New Office of Market Intelligence and its Goal of Using Big Data to Improve Securities Enforcement on SSRN with the following abstract: This contribution to…
  • Aug 18

    NASAA Annual Conference to Focus on Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges Today

    NASAA Annual Conference to Focus on Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges Today
    Details available here.
Rank this Week: 1006

Chinese Law Prof Blog

Chinese Law Prof Blog

Edited by Donald C. Clarke.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/china_law_prof_blog/
  • Aug 18

    Protecting your IP in China: the on-line game

    Protecting your IP in China: the on-line game
    Yes, there really is an on-line game (also available in downloadable form) about protecting your IP in China - brought to you by the European Commission's China IPR SME Helpdesk. It's available here. HT to the China Law Blog, which...
  • Aug 12

    The Peter Humphrey case: my (preliminary) take

    The Peter Humphrey case: my (preliminary) take
    I have now had time to read quickly thro...
  • Aug 12

    Stanley Lubman on police powers in China

    Stanley Lubman on police powers in China
    What with the government's crackdown on just about everyone (with the exception of Certain People's Relatives), the well-prepared citizen and visitor will certainly want to read Stanley Lubman's timely explanation of the various rubrics -…
Rank this Week: 2605

Truth on the Market

Truth on the Market

Commentary on business law, antitrust, and corporate governance by law professors and economists. By Adam Mossoff, Ben Sperry, Eric Helland, Geoffrey Manne, Gus Hurwitz, Larry Ribstein, Mike Sykuta, Paul Rubin and Thom Lambert.

http://truthonthemarket.com/
  • Aug 18

    New Paper on SSOs, SEP and Antitrust by Joanna Tsai & Joshua Wright

    New Paper on SSOs, SEP and Antitrust by Joanna Tsai &amp; Joshua Wright
    An important new paper was recently posted to SSRN by Commissioner Joshua Wright and Joanna Tsai.  It addresses a very hot topic in the innovation industries: the role of patented innovation in standard setting organizations (SSO),…
  • Aug 15

    Microsoft’s Android Anathema

    Microsoft’s Android Anathema
    Microsoft wants you to believe that Google’s business practices stifle competition and harm consumers. Again. The latest volley in its tiresome and ironic campaign to bludgeon Google with the same regulatory club once used against…
  • Aug 13

    Teslas’s New Patent Policy: Long Live the Patent System!

    Teslas’s New Patent Policy: Long Live the Patent System!
    [First posted to the CPIP Blog on June 17, 2014] Last Thursday, Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, issued an announcement on the company’s blog with a catchy title: “All Our Patent Are Belong to You.”…
Rank this Week: 407

Civil Procedure & Federal Courts…

Civil Procedure & Federal Courts Blog

By Robin Effron, Cynthia L. Fountaine, Patricia Hatamyar Moore and Adam Steinman.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/civpro/
  • Aug 18

    Zimmerman on Presidential Settlement

    Zimmerman on Presidential Settlement
    Adam Zimmerman (Loyola Los Angeles) has a guest post at the Penn Program on Regulation on regulating settlements brokered by the executive branch.
  • Aug 18

    Hastings Law Journal Symposium on Atlantic Marine

    Hastings Law Journal Symposium on Atlantic Marine
    We covered earlier the upcoming Hastings Law Journal symposium on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. U.S. District Court. It will take place in San Francisco on Friday, September 19th. Here’s an…
  • Aug 17

    Wasserman on Mass Torts, Future Claimants & Global Peace

    Wasserman on Mass Torts, Future Claimants &amp; Global Peace
    Rhonda Wasserman (Pittsburgh) has posted on SSRN a draft of her article, Future Claimants and the Quest for Global Peace, which will appear in the Emory Law Journal. Here’s the abstract: In the mass tort context, the defendant typically…
Rank this Week: 256

GreenLaw

GreenLaw

provide information, context, and commentary on current events and developments in the field of environmental law. By Pace University School of Law's environmental law program.

http://greenlaw.blogs.law.pace.edu/
  • Aug 18

    Land Use Law Center addresses cure for “zombie” plague in New York State

    Land Use Law Center addresses cure for “zombie” plague in New York State
    Vacant properties are a persistent land use issue in the most financially distressed regions, as thousands of properties currently sit empty throughout nation. “Zombie” properties result when a bank begins foreclosure proceedings…
  • Jul 28

    Students Help to Advise IUCN for ITLOS Fisheries Case

    Students Help to Advise IUCN for ITLOS Fisheries Case
    Professor Ann Powers: Two Pace students, Ann Bermont (’14) and Anthony Papetti (’14), were among those responding to a request by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for assistance  preparing…
  • Jul 22

    Professor Ann Powers: For those of you…

    Professor Ann Powers: For those of you interested in the UN’s process for establishing Sustainable Development Goals as mandated by Rio+20, the Open Working Group approved its  “Outcome Document” on Saturday after a…
Rank this Week: 4421

Law Deans on Legal Education Blog

Law Deans on Legal Education Blog

Edited by I. Richard Gershon, Paul E. McGreal and Cynthia L. Fountaine.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_deans/
  • Aug 18

    Update on Florida Coastal Dean Search

    Update on Florida Coastal Dean Search
    Following up on my April 22 post about problems with the Florida Coastal Dean Search is this recent post by Paul Campos featured in The Atlantic. As you will see the candidate involved was David Frakt, who had experience in...
  • Aug 3

    SEALS v. AALS

    SEALS v. AALS
    The Southeastern Association (SEALS) of Law Schools Annual Meeting is underway. It started on Friday, August 1, and will run until Thursday, August 7. The program can be found at: SEALS 2014 Program Since declining enrollments at most law…
  • Aug 1

    Some Unsolicited Advice for Texas A&M

    Some Unsolicited Advice for Texas A&amp;M
    As reported on Taxprof: Texas Wesleyan Law alumni have filed a complaint with the ABA against Texas A&M. Their goal is to be recognized as graduates of the new Texas A&M law school, since Texas Wesleyan School of Law no...
Rank this Week: 1852

ADR Prof Blog

ADR Prof Blog

By Andrea Schneider, Michael Moffitt, Sarah Cole, Art Hinshaw, Jill Gross, Cynthia Alkon, Paul Kirgis and Jennifer Reynolds.

http://www.indisputably.org
Rank this Week: 575

Michael Geist's Blog

Michael Geist's Blog

Covers technology and DRM. By Michael Geist.

http://www.michaelgeist.ca
Rank this Week: 389

Stanford Center for Internet and…

Stanford Center for Internet and Society Blogs

Covers civil rights and technological innovation.

http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog
  • Aug 15

    Everyone Knows Privacy Is About Power. Now What?

    Everyone Knows Privacy Is About Power. Now What?
    In a recent op-ed, author Evgeny Morozov claims that we tend to think of privacy in terms of control over personal information rather than power or influence. “The privacy debate, incapacitated by misplaced pragmatism, defines privacy…
  • Jul 31

    USA v. Microsoft: what the decision does and doesn't mean

    USA v. Microsoft: what the decision does and doesn't mean
    Somehow we went from mild interest in December when Microsoft challenged a search warrant over user data stored in Ireland to some kind of frenzy today when Chief US District Judge Loretta Preska ruled in the government’s favor.  I…
  • Jul 31

    UK Parliament's Committee Labelled the "Right to be Forgotten" as Misguided and Unworkable

    UK Parliament's Committee Labelled the "Right to be Forgotten" as Misguided and Unworkable
    The European Union Committee of the UK Parliament released a report on the implications of the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) recent Google Spain decision: "EU Data Protection Law: a 'Right to be Forgotten'?". The Committee came…
Rank this Week: 2281

Ideas

Ideas

By Professor David Friedman.

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 15

    Ferguson, Los Angeles, and a 14th Century Sultan

    Ferguson, Los Angeles, and a 14th Century Sultan
    Ibn Battuta, a fourteenth century North African world traveler, spent some time in the employ of Mohammed ibn Tughluq, the fabulously wealthy sultan of Delhi. The Rehla, Ibn Battuta's account of his travels, contains a section on bad things…
  • Jul 10

    The Third Edition of the Machinery of Freedom is Now Available

    The Third Edition of the Machinery of Freedom is Now Available
    As a kindle on Amazon. It is not currently available in hardcopy. I am interested in comments from people as to whether they would want it to be. The kindle is up at $2.99. If I self-publish a hardcopy with CreateSpace it would be…
  • Jul 8

    What We Could Learn From Dan Kahan. And Perhaps Shouldn't

    What We Could Learn From Dan Kahan. And Perhaps Shouldn't
    I have commented in earlier posts on Dan Kahan's research about why we believe what we do. The basic conclusion is that, in the case of beliefs linked to group identity, individuals choose what to believe not on the basis of the evidence but…
Rank this Week: 281

Law & Development Blog

Law & Development Blog

By Professors Tom Ginsburg and Veronica Taylor.

http://lawdevelopment.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 15

    Dialogus de Beijing Consensus -- Pessimo on Ramo's idea of a 'Beijing Consensus'

    Dialogus de Beijing Consensus -- Pessimo on Ramo's idea of a 'Beijing Consensus'
    Question:  Does the so-called ‘Beijing Consensus’ present a meaningful ‘model’ or blueprint for development?Pessimo:No, it does not.As noted in the introduction, the “Beijing Consensus’ was a term…
  • Aug 9

    Dialogus de Beijing Consensus -- Prologue

    Dialogus de Beijing Consensus -- Prologue
    Over the next two months or so, Mariana Prado and myself will be using this blog to construct a scholastic dialogue about the Beijing Consensus, which we will then have published as a chapter for a forthcoming book on the Beijing Consensus…
  • Jul 31

    Between Trade and Development

    Between Trade and Development
    by Michael J. Trebilcock In my recent Robert Hudec public lecture to the Society for International Economic Law at its biannual conference in Bern, Switzerland (“Between Theories of Trade and Development: The Future of the World…
Rank this Week: 1030

PropertyProf Blog

PropertyProf Blog

Edited by Stephen Clowney and Tanya D. Marsh.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/property/
  • Aug 15

    Ablavsky on the Indian Commerce Clause

    Ablavsky on the Indian Commerce Clause
    Gregory Ablavsky (Penn - Ph.D. candidate) has posted Beyond the Indian Commerce Clause (Yale Law Journal) on SSRN. Here's the abstract: Since the 1970s, the Supreme Court has described the Indian Commerce Clause as the primary constitutional…
  • Aug 14

    There Goes The Gayborhood?

    There Goes The Gayborhood?
    Matt Yglesias looks at the rise and fall of America's gay neighborhoods: Ghaziani's research tells us that between the 2000 and 2010 Census, the number of same-sex couples living in key traditional gayborhoods declined, often as larger trends…
  • Aug 14

    Arkansas-Fayetteville Seeks Associate Dean

    Arkansas-Fayetteville Seeks Associate Dean
    Tell all your cool friends who are looking to leave law practice about this great opportunity: The UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SCHOOL OF LAW, Fayetteville, invites applications for the position of Associate Dean for Administration. The Associate…
Rank this Week: 2413

Neuroethics & Law Blog

Neuroethics & Law Blog

An interdisciplinary forum for legal and ethical issues related to the brain and cognition. By University of San Diego School of Law Professor Adam Kolber.

http://kolber.typepad.com/ethics_law_blog/
  • Aug 15

    "Autonomy and Enhancement"

    "Autonomy and Enhancement"
    Recently published in Neuroethics: "Autonomy and Enhancement", by G. Owen Schaefer, Guy Kahane, and Julian Savulescu Abstract Some have objected to human enhancement on the grounds that it violates the autonomy of the enhanced. These…
  • Aug 14

    "Morse, Mind, and Mental Causation"

    "Morse, Mind, and Mental Causation"
    Recently published in SSRN (and forthcoming in Criminal Law and Philosophy): "Morse, Mind, and Mental Causation" MICHAEL S. PARDO, University of Alabama School of Law DENNIS PATTERSON, European University Institute, Rutgers University School…
  • Aug 14

    "Does the Endowment Effect Justify Legal Intervention? The Debiasing Effect of Institutions"

    "Does the Endowment Effect Justify Legal Intervention? The Debiasing Effect of Institutions"
    Recently published in SSRN: "Does the Endowment Effect Justify Legal Intervention? The Debiasing Effect of Institutions" JENNIFER ARLEN, New York University School of Law STEPHAN W. TONTRUP, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective…
Rank this Week: 204