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Dorf on Law

Dorf on Law

By Cornell Law School Professor Michael Dorf and his friends.

http://www.dorfonlaw.org/
  • Sep 23

    Isn't a Little Legal Assistance Better Than None At All? Maybe Not

    Isn't a Little Legal Assistance Better Than None At All? Maybe Not
    -- Posted by Neil H. BuchananOne of the little-known duties of tenured faculty is to review the scholarship of our colleagues, for the purposes of various internal reviews, consideration of submitted articles and books for scholarly journals…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1248

Legally Speaking Ohio

Legally Speaking Ohio

Provides commentary and analysis on cases going in front of the Supreme Court of Ohio. By Marianna Bettman.

http://www.legallyspeakingohio.com
Rank this Week: 2042

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/
  • Sep 23

    Mother Jailed for Buying Abortion Pill for Teenage Daughter on Internet

    Mother Jailed for Buying Abortion Pill for Teenage Daughter on Internet
    Emily Bazelon, NYT, Mother in Jail for Helping her Daughter have an Abortion On Sept. 12th, Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year-old mother of three in the rural town of Washingtonville, Pa., went to jail to begin serving a 9-to-18-month sentence.…
  • Sep 23

    You Can Now Serve Someone Via Facebook

    You Can Now Serve Someone Via Facebook
    Family Court Rules That You Can Serve Someone with Legal Papers on Facebook A New York City family court ruled on Sept. 12 that a Staten Island man could use Facebook to serve his ex-wife with a legal notice about...<img…
  • Sep 23

    Emma Watson Speaks to UN on Feminism

    Emma Watson Speaks to UN on Feminism
    Speaking before the United Nations on feminism, Emma Watson (of Harry Potter fame) launched the HeforShe campaign encouraging men to support equal gender rights. Read the full speech to the UN. Some excerpts: This is the first campaign of…
Rank this Week: 1725

Credit Slips

Credit Slips

Discusses credit and bankruptcy. By Professors Bob Lawless, Angela Littwin, Katie Porter, John Pottow, Deborah Thorne and Elizabeth Warren.

http://www.creditslips.org/creditslips/
  • Sep 23

    Rants and Book Recommendation

    Rants and Book Recommendation
    Just back from European Law and Economics, where the big topics at the coffee breaks were the Scottish vote, until that was resolved, sort of, Argentina, which is widely seen as a self-created mess for the U.S. courts, and the...
  • Sep 22

    Yoga for Stressed Out Lawyers ... and Their Debtor-Client

    Yoga for Stressed Out Lawyers ... and Their Debtor-Client
    And now time for something entirely different. I noticed a great new book in our list of library acquisitions recently that might be of particular interest to two groups that suffer from lots of stress: lawyers and debtors! Credit Slips'...
  • Sep 19

    "Oh Dear Me No, I Couldn't Possibly Hear Another Appeal..."

    &quot;Oh Dear Me No, I Couldn't Possibly Hear Another Appeal...&quot;
    The Second Circuit has refused to hear Citibank's appeal of Judge Griesa's order enjoining Citi from making payment on USD-denominated, Argentine-law bonds. The Second Circuit's order is a bit... Delphic. Weighing in at all of 56 words, not…
Rank this Week: 1285

Law at the End of the Day

Law at the End of the Day

Focuses on issues and the differences in how the law relates to economic organizations, political organizations, religious, ethnic and family organizations. By Penn State Dickinson School of Law Professor Larry Catá Backer.

http://lcbackerblog.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 867

EvidenceProf Blog

EvidenceProf Blog

Edited by Colin Miller, Jeffrey Bellin and Ben Trachtenberg.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/evidenceprof/
Rank this Week: 1577

Michael Geist's Blog

Michael Geist's Blog

Covers technology and DRM. By Michael Geist.

http://www.michaelgeist.ca
  • Sep 23

    Does the CRTC Have the Power Regulate Online Video?: Internet Companies Set to Challenge Its Authority

    Does the CRTC Have the Power Regulate Online Video?: Internet Companies Set to Challenge Its Authority
    Last week's very public fight between the CRTC and Netflix escalated on Monday as Netflix refused to comply with Commission's order to supply certain confidential information including subscriber numbers and expenditures on Canadian…
  • Sep 22

    CIRA Election 2014: Time To Vote

    CIRA Election 2014: Time To Vote
    The annual election for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority board of directors opened last week, with voting ongoing until September 24th. All CIRA members (anyone with a dot-ca domain is eligible to become a member) are entitled to…
  • Sep 19

    The CRTC – Netflix Battle: Could It Lead to a Challenge of the CRTC’s Right to Regulate Online Video?

    The CRTC – Netflix Battle: Could It Lead to a Challenge of the CRTC’s Right to Regulate Online Video?
    Netflix just concluded an appearance before the CRTC that resulted in a remarkably heated exchange between the regulator and the Internet video service. The discussion was very hostile with the CRTC repeatedly ordering Netflix to provide…
Rank this Week: 919

Opinio Juris

Opinio Juris

Covers international law and international relations.

http://opiniojuris.org
  • Sep 23

    Guest Post: Pesky Questions of International Law: What’s the basis for air strikes in Syria?

    Guest Post: Pesky Questions of International Law: What’s the basis for air strikes in Syria?
    by Jennifer Trahan by Jennifer Trahan [Jennifer Trahan is an Associate Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at NYU-SPS.] President Obama’s speech on September 10th raised many legal issues, including, whether there needs to be…
  • Sep 22

    ISIS versus Khorasan

    ISIS versus Khorasan
    by Jens David Ohlin by Jens David Ohlin The United States continues to launch airstrikes against ISIS. Not only is it unclear if the airstrikes are working to dislodge ISIS from its territory, but recent press reports suggest that ISIS is not…
  • Sep 22

    On the Perennial U.S. War Powers Fight

    On the Perennial U.S. War Powers Fight
    by Deborah Pearlstein by Deborah Pearlstein For readers interested in the domestic U.S. law and history of how the U.S. government authorizes the use of force abroad, I had a little piece this weekend over at Daily Beast summarizing the state…
Rank this Week: 209

Brian Leiter's Law School Reports

Brian Leiter's Law School Reports

News about law professors and law schools. By University of Texas School of Law Professor Brian R. Leiter.

http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/
Rank this Week: 319

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/
  • Sep 23

    Traffic: Stick v. Carrort

    Traffic: Stick v. Carrort
    In Lisbon, it seems, pedestrians ignore the stop signs resulting in many accidents at intersections. Here our city council would form a committee and decide to pass draconian fines upon jaywalkers. In Lisbon, they came up with a novel…
  • Sep 23

    Jane Jacob

    Jane Jacob
    I am amazed by the lasting power of Jane Jacobs. Almost everybody has heard of her (though few may have read her). Both sides of the political spectrum claim her. Here are 5 relevant lessons from her that are still...
  • Sep 22

    CRTC Follie

    CRTC Follie
    How can anyone with a straight face think that the CRTC serves the public interest, unless public interest means protectionism and keeping Canada immune from technological progress? Its assault on Netflix is the latest in the CRTC's blatant…
Rank this Week: 726

Workplace Prof Blog

Workplace Prof Blog

Covers arbitration, disability, employment discrimination, labor law, public employment law and workplace safety. By Jeffrey M. Hirsch, Marcia L. McCormick, Paul M. Secunda, Charles A. Sullivan and Richard Bales.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/laborprof_blog/
  • Sep 23

    Mastering Labor Law

    Mastering Labor Law
    A bit of self-promotion: Carolilna Academic Press has just published Mastering Labor Law, by Paul Secunda, Anne Lofaso, Joe Slater, and yours truly. Although it can be of interest to anyone, it's specifically geared to law students and…
  • Sep 22

    NLRB Honors Hiring

    NLRB Honors Hiring
    image from nlrb.gov In a time when legal jobs are becoming more difficult to come by, the NLRB recently announced that it is accepting applications for its honors program. Many of you are familiar with this program (and may have...
  • Sep 22

    NLRB Decision Becomes Politicized

    NLRB Decision Becomes Politicized
    image from nlrb.gov As many of you know, back in July the NLRB General Counsel indicated that the McDonald's fast food restaurants could be pursued for labor law violations at its individual franchises. This decision was enormously…
Rank this Week: 95

PropertyProf Blog

PropertyProf Blog

Edited by Stephen Clowney and Tanya D. Marsh.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/property/
  • Sep 23

    The Return of Subprime Loan

    The Return of Subprime Loan
    Zachary Karabell chronicles the return of one of the villains of the housing crises: There are also indications of a stealth revival in the subprime mortgage market. Most banks still eschew these loans, having drastically tightened lending…
  • Sep 23

    Reiss on the GSE Guarantee Fee

    Reiss on the GSE Guarantee Fee
    David Reiss (Brooklyn) has posted The GSE Guarantee Fee as a Policy Tool on SSRN. Here's the abstract: Setting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s guarantee fee rates can have a large impact on the housing market. Setting the rate too...
  • Sep 22

    Go to Savannah

    Go to Savannah
    I just returned home from the [Re]Integrating Spaces Colloquium at Savannah Law School. The event was terrific. Al Brophy of UNC (and of Faculty Lounge blogging fame) gave a sweeping keynote address on the development of property law from…
Rank this Week: 864

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/
  • Sep 23

    Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: Critical Inquirie

    Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: Critical Inquirie
    Guest blogger Dean Jeremy Paul, Northeastern University School of Law, recommends a hot-off-the-presses human rights book. Dean Paul writes: Co-editors Helena Alviar García (Dean of the Law Faculty at the Universidad de los Andes), and…
  • Sep 22

    3 Human Rights Lawyers Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

    3 Human Rights Lawyers Awarded MacArthur Fellowship
    The MacArthur Fellows were announced this past week. Three lawyers known to us for their human rights work were among the awardees. The law school clinic world is abuzz with the news that one of their own was among those...
  • Sep 19

    Voting Rights for Pretrial Detainee

    Voting Rights for Pretrial Detainee
    by David Singleton The right to vote is one of the most fundamental and cherished rights in a free and democratic society. People arrested the weekend before the election are presumed to be innocent. If they are registered and otherwise...
Rank this Week: 2797

TortsProf Blog

TortsProf Blog

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

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/tortsprof/
  • Sep 22

    JOTWELL Torts: Scheuerman on Adar on Punie

    JOTWELL Torts: Scheuerman on Adar on Punie
    Over at JOTWELL, Sheila Scheuerman reviews Yehuda Adar's Touring the Punitive Damages Forest: A Proposed Roadmap.
  • Sep 21

    Study: Cost of Defensive Medicine 2.9% of Healthcare Cost

    Study: Cost of Defensive Medicine 2.9% of Healthcare Cost
    A study with a lead author from the Cleveland Clinic, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, concludes that purely defensive medicine accounts for 2.9% of U.S. healthcare costs. The study is available for purchase here. The L.A. Times's…
  • Sep 19

    Medical Malpractice By the Number

    Medical Malpractice By the Number
    The Center for Justice & Democracy has released its updated "Briefing Book: Medical Malpractice By the Numbers." Available here. Insurancenewsnet.com has highlighted some statistics from the book: * Medical malpractice insurance…
Rank this Week: 478

Conflict of Laws .net

Conflict of Laws .net

Covers news and discussion on the conflict of laws in private international law cases. Editor is Martin George of the University of Birmingham. Published in association with the Journal of Private International Law.

http://conflictoflaws.net
  • Sep 22

    Second Issue of 2014′s Rivista di diritto internazionale privato e processuale

    Second Issue of 2014′s Rivista di diritto internazionale privato e processuale
     (I am grateful to Prof. Francesca Villata – University of Milan – for the following presentation of the latest issue of the RDIPP) The second issue of 2014 of the Rivista di diritto internazionale privato e processuale…
  • Sep 22

    Volume on German Case Law on Private International Law

    Volume on German Case Law on Private International Law
    The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law as released the latest volume of its annual series on German case law in matters of private International law (“Die deutsche Rechtsprechung auf dem Gebiet des…
  • Sep 21

    Symeonides’ Codifying Choice of Law Around the World

    Symeonides’ Codifying Choice of Law Around the World
    For those readers that did not know yet, early this summer ‘Codifying Choice of Law Around the World’ (OUP, 2014) authored by Symeon Symeonides, was published. One can only agree with Lawrence Collins in the foreword to this book…
Rank this Week: 48

Religious Left Law

Religious Left Law

Politically progressive law professors from various religious traditions discuss law and cognate subjects from their unique perspectives: Legal theory, politics, and comparative theology.

http://www.religiousleftlaw.com/
  • Sep 22

    Wesleyan Orders Fraternities to be Co-Ed: Denial of Freedom of Association?

    Wesleyan Orders Fraternities to be Co-Ed: Denial of Freedom of Association?
    Wesleyan University has ruled that on campus fraternities must become co-ed over the next three years or forfeit access to meeting spaces and on campus housing. See here. Many will argue that this move violates freedom of association. Indeed…
  • Sep 19

    Elonis, Threats, and the First Amendment: Two Out of Three is Enough

    Elonis, Threats, and the First Amendment: Two Out of Three is Enough
    Later this year the Supreme Court will hear an interesting case involving threats and rap lyrics. In Elonis v. United States, Elonis was convicted under a federal statute prohibiting threats to injure the person of another across state lines.…
  • Sep 16

    A Solution to Hobby Lobby You Are Sure to Hate

    A Solution to Hobby Lobby You Are Sure to Hate
    I have a solution to the Hobby Lobby case with which no one will agree. I have previously argued that the government action at issue imposed a serious religious burden on the owners of Hobby Lobby because they were being compelled to engage…
Rank this Week: 1192

Sports Law Blog

Sports Law Blog

A blog about the legal business of sports by lawyers and law professors.

http://sports-law.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 22

    The NFL, Ray Rice and Sports Law through Press Conference

    The NFL, Ray Rice and Sports Law through Press Conference
    In a new column for Sports Illustrated, I take issue with press conferences by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.
  • Sep 22

    New Sports Law Scholarship

    New Sports Law Scholarship
    Recently published scholarship includes: Jennifer M. Adams, Comment, Flag on the play: professional sports teams calling trademark infringement on their superfans, 20 JEFFREY S. MOORAD SPORTS LAW JOURNAL 631 (2013) Jeremy…
  • Sep 22

    Stone on sex discrimination and professional sport

    Stone on sex discrimination and professional sport
    The following is by my colleague (and past GuestPrawf) Kerri Stone, responding to my post on how professional sports teams and leagues respond to sex discrimination.The internet has most recently been ablaze with news of a lawsuit filed …
Rank this Week: 858

Law of the Land

Law of the Land

A blog on land use law and Zoning by Albany Law School Associate Dean and Professor Patricia Salkin.

http://lawoftheland.wordpress.com/
  • Sep 22

    NY Governor Signs Community Risk and Resliency Act

    NY Governor Signs Community Risk and Resliency Act
    What follows is the Governor’s Press Release: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed into law the Community Risk and Resiliency Act to strengthen New York State’s preparedness for the effects of climate change and help protect…
  • Sep 21

    NY Appellate Court Upholds Denial of Special Use Permit for Day Care Facility Expansion

    NY Appellate Court Upholds Denial of Special Use Permit for Day Care Facility Expansion
    The Village Board of Trustees determined that the proposed expansion of a day care facility into vacant retail space would “result in a dangerous traffic situation, an over intensification of land use with respect to available parking,…
  • Sep 20

    NY Appellate Court Dismisses Appeal over Sawmill Operation as Moot

    NY Appellate Court Dismisses Appeal over Sawmill Operation as Moot
    Petitioners challenged the approval of a sawmill and milling operation by the Town of Livonia Joint Zoning Board of Appeals who had determined that the use of the land for sawmill purposes constituted an agricultural or farming operation…
Rank this Week: 733

Legislation Law Prof Blog

Legislation Law Prof Blog

Edited by Sara K. Rankin, Joel Rogers, Kevin Barry and Emily Benfer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legislation_law/
  • Sep 22

    Ever Heard of the Powell Memo?

    Ever Heard of the Powell Memo?
    Have you ever heard of the Powell memo? If not, take a moment to read on. The Powell memo refers to an August 23, 1971 “confidential memorandum” written by Lewis F. Powell, Jr., a corporate lawyer in Richmond Virginia, to...
  • Sep 22

    Environmental Policy: The People’s Climate March

    Environmental Policy: The People’s Climate March
    Sunday saw the largest-ever demonstration on climate change. Dubbed The People’s Climate March, the New York City event drew over 400,000 people. Protestors included politicians (Mayor Bill DeBlasio, former Vice President Al Gore, UN…
  • Sep 18

    THEORY & ADVOCACY: New Article on Restrictive Voting Law

    THEORY &amp; ADVOCACY: New Article on Restrictive Voting Law
    As a follow-up to our prior post on the Voting Rights Act, here is an interesting article presenting new data regarding restrictive voting laws—“Vulnerability in Numbers: Racial Composition of the Electorate, Voter Suppression,…
Rank this Week: 2761

Constitutional Law Prof Blog

Constitutional Law Prof Blog

By Steven D. Schwinn and Ruthann Robson.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/
  • Sep 22

    Ninth Circuit Rejects Apel's First Amendment Claim on Remand

    Ninth Circuit Rejects Apel's First Amendment Claim on Remand
    Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law When the United States Supreme Court decided United States v. Apel in February 2014, the Court's analysis of a protest on/outside a military facility focused on the…
  • Sep 22

    CFP: Ferguson Conference at University of Missouri School of Law

    CFP: Ferguson Conference at University of Missouri School of Law
    A call that should be of interest to many ConLawProfs: Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson at the University of Missouri image via Here are some details on the call for works-in-progress:…
  • 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...
Rank this Week: 520

Legal Writing Prof Blog

Legal Writing Prof Blog

Edited by Nancy Soonpaa, Mark E. Wojcik, Judith D. Fischer, Dustin Benham, Lori D. Johnson and Kristen E. Murray.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/
  • Sep 22

    The legal memorandum is not dead

    The legal memorandum is not dead
    Stetson's Kirsten Davis recently published an article arguing that the traditional legal memorandum is not dead. While some lawyers may read a memo on a computer screen instead of on paper, Davis argues that on-screen reading does not change…
  • Sep 19

    New article criticizes the use of student evaluations of professor

    New article criticizes the use of student evaluations of professor
    Professors Philip B. Stark and Richard Freishtat of Berkeley have posted a new article pointing out flaws in the use of student evaluations of professors. Among their criticisms, they point our biases in the ratings and argue that students…
  • Sep 18

    Justice John Paul Steven

    Justice John Paul Steven
    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice paid a visit today to The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he met with members of the Stevens Inn of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. Pictured here is Justice Stevens in...
Rank this Week: 641

Land Use Prof Blog

Land Use Prof Blog

Edited by Professors Matthew J. Festa, James J. Kelly, Jr., Stephen R. Miller, Jessica Owley and Kenneth A. Stahl.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/land_use/
  • Sep 22

    New York Governor Signs Climate Change Resiliency Legislation Into Law

    New York Governor Signs Climate Change Resiliency Legislation Into Law
    And the New York climate change news keeps rolling in…. Today, in conjunction with Climate Week 2014 in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into state law the Community Risk and Resiliency Act. In today's press release, the…
  • Sep 22

    Diversion: Saturday in the Wood

    Diversion: Saturday in the Wood
    On Saturday I participated in a habitat restoration project with the Friends of Somme Preserves at Somme Woods in Northbrook, about 20 miles northwest of Chicago. We spent the morning clearing buckthorn, which is choking forests by crowding…
  • Sep 22

    NYC's plan to reduce GHG emissions in city buildings 80 percent by 2050

    NYC's plan to reduce GHG emissions in city buildings 80 percent by 2050
    You probably read over the weekend that New York City has committed to reduce GHG emissions from city buildings by 80 percent by 2050. Here is how the City plans to do it, from its website: This plan employs the...
Rank this Week: 334

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/
Rank this Week: 181

Doorey's Law of Work Blog

Doorey's Law of Work Blog

Covers Canadian labour and employment law. By Professor David Doorey.

http://lawofwork.ca/
Rank this Week: 1046

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/
  • Sep 22

    Puzzler: Respecting and Valuing an Interest in a Disregarded SMLLC for Charitable Deduction Purposes?

    Puzzler: Respecting and Valuing an Interest in a Disregarded SMLLC for Charitable Deduction Purposes?
    I thank Professor Cassady Brewer of Georgia State University College of Law for bringing this interesting case to our attention. Please read on... In RERI Holdings I, LLC v. Comm’r, 143 T.C. No. 3 (2014), the Tax Court determined that...
  • Sep 20

    More on Anti-Poverty Programs and Distinguishing Among Charitie

    More on Anti-Poverty Programs and Distinguishing Among Charitie
    A program called “Circles” takes an unconventional approach to relieving poverty. Circles works through personal support – people helping people – not direct financial aid. As profiled by NPR, in Circles, volunteers help families in…
  • Sep 19

    Underfunding anti-poverty program

    Underfunding anti-poverty program
    There was an interesting piece this week in the New York Times by Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. They describe a program that funds nurse visits to low-income families to provide advice on child-rearing, and cite a RAND study which...
Rank this Week: 277

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: 220

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
  • Sep 22

    “Exceeding Powers”, or Review on the Merits?

    “Exceeding Powers”, or Review on the Merits?
    Thanks to Sarah Cole for pointing out a recent decision of the Ohio Supreme Court addressing the thorny question of when a court may vacate an arbitral award on the grounds that the arbitrators exceeded their powers by interpreting the…
  • Sep 18

    Prisoner’s Dilemma Game Show

    Prisoner’s Dilemma Game Show
    In class earlier this week, we rebooted the idea of the prisoner’s dilemma as previously portrayed on The Bachelor Pad (discussed on the Freakonomics Blog and four years ago on this site). This time, the conversation revolved around a…
  • Sep 17

    Social Entrepreneurship, Community Lawyering & Dispute Resolution

    Social Entrepreneurship, Community Lawyering &amp; Dispute Resolution
    Karen Tokarz (Washington U. – St.Louis) shares information about Wash U’s annual ADR scholarship roundtable, this year entitled Social Entrepreneurship, Community Lawyering & Dispute Resolution.  The lineup looks strong…
Rank this Week: 1129

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/
  • Sep 22

    "Law and Neuroscience: Recommendations Submitted to the President's Bioethics Commission"

    "Law and Neuroscience: Recommendations Submitted to the President's Bioethics Commission"
    Recently published in SSRN (and recently published in Journal of Law and Biosciences, vol 1, pp 224-236 (2014)): "Law and Neuroscience: Recommendations Submitted to the President's Bioethics Commission" OWEN D. JONES, Vanderbilt University -…
  • Sep 18

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
    Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): Woman of 24 Found to Have No Cerebellum in Her Brain, NewScientist In The Popular Press: Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium? New York Times Hitchcock Thriller Reveals Busy Mind in 'Vegetative' Man,...
  • Sep 16

    "Neuroimagery and the Law"

    "Neuroimagery and the Law"
    Recently published in SSRN (and recently published in The Jury Expert, Vol. 26, Issue 1 (2014)): "Neuroimagery and the Law" JILLIAN M WARE, Arizona State University (ASU) JESSICA L JONES, Arizona State University (ASU) N. J. SCHWEITZER,…
Rank this Week: 799

Law & Economics Prof Blog

Law & Economics Prof Blog

Edited by Murat C. Mungan, David Gamage, Eric Rasmusen, Ben Depoorter, Gerrit de Geest, Shi-Ling Hsu, Manuel A. Utset, Jr., Brian Galle and Yuval Feldman.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_econ/
  • Sep 22

    Endowment Spending: The Costs of Waiting?

    Endowment Spending: The Costs of Waiting?
    Last time I suggested that the arguments in favor of very low rates of spending by philanthropic organizations are not particularly great. But law encourages and promotes low spending rates in a few ways. For example, most states require…
  • Sep 17

    Pay It Forward?: Some Normative Considerations Pt. I

    Pay It Forward?: Some Normative Considerations Pt. I
    We’ve seen that U.S. foundations spend a very small portion of their investment assets each year. As it turns out, that amount is actually less than net-of-inflation appreciation and new contributions, so the philanthropic sector is…
  • Sep 15

    Wind and Sun, Conquerors of Fossil Fuel

    Wind and Sun, Conquerors of Fossil Fuel
    The New York Times ran an article Sunday about how Germany is rapidly expanding its wind energy capacity, and realizing unexpectedly lower costs because of economies of scale never before seen in any non-hydro renewable energy industry. Large…
Rank this Week: 4350

CYB3RCRIM3

CYB3RCRIM3

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

http://cyb3rcrim3.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 22

    The Wiretap Act, Divorce and Auto-forwarding

    The Wiretap Act, Divorce and Auto-forwarding
    On December 3, 2010, Annabelle Zaratzian filed a civil suit against Adel Ramsey Abadir and Larry M. Carlin, asserting claims “under 18 U.S. Code § 2510 et seq. (the ‘Wiretap Act’), 18 U.S.C. §…
  • Sep 19

    Emails, Facebook, Threats and Charles Manson

    Emails, Facebook, Threats and Charles Manson
    William A. White is charged with five counts of the federal crime of “communicating an interstate threat to kidnap or injure with intent to extort, in violation of 18 U.S. Code § 875(b).”  U.S. v. White, 2014 WL…
  • Sep 17

    First Degree Murder, the Blue SUV and the Facebook Post

    First Degree Murder, the Blue SUV and the Facebook Post
    After a “jury convicted Keith Undray Ford of first degree murder (California Penal Code § 187, subd. (a)) and the court sentenced him to 25 years to life in state prison”, he appealed.  People v. Ford, 2014 WL…
Rank this Week: 869

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/
  • Sep 22

    Yet Another Danger of Tax Complexity

    Yet Another Danger of Tax Complexity
    When the phrase “tax complexity” shows up in a conversation, most people think about the complications of a particular tax. It’s no secret that the federal income tax is absurdly complex. Most people know that the lists of…
  • Sep 19

    An Epidemic of Tax Ignorance

    An Epidemic of Tax Ignorance
    Of course it’s not the worst mistake someone can make, if in fact it is a mistake. But when a person makes a mistake with respect to a simple thing, one’s confidence in that person’s ability to avoid mistakes doing other…
  • Sep 17

    The Scary Specter of Code Size Ignorance

    The Scary Specter of Code Size Ignorance
    It’s one of my favorite examples of how tax ignorance afflicts the nation. When something simple about tax cannot be understood, what happens when something complicated is tackled? What happens to confidence in tax policy…
Rank this Week: 1313

Law & Development Blog

Law & Development Blog

By Professors Tom Ginsburg and Veronica Taylor.

http://lawdevelopment.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 21

    Optimo in Sao Paulo -- another shot at a Sao Paulo consensu

    Optimo in Sao Paulo -- another shot at a Sao Paulo consensu
    Pessimo:Optimo and I are taking a break from our Beijing Consensus dialogue because Optimo decided to go to Sao Paulo.As you may recall, I've been trying to find a meaningful Sao Paulo Consensus, but so far have been 'disappointed' (as I like…
  • Sep 17

    Dialogus de Beijing Consensus -- Pessimo response regarding Ramo's Third theorem

    Dialogus de Beijing Consensus -- Pessimo response regarding Ramo's Third theorem
    I don't think that Optimo and I are in much disagreement regarding Ramo's 3rd theorem.  First, to clearify, I don't think that Ramo meant "self-determination' to refer to post-colonial status (since China per se was never a colony --…
  • Sep 14

    More on the proposed PAW ('Punching above [GDP] Weight') index: On the relationship between HDI, IHDI, and PAW

    More on the proposed PAW ('Punching above [GDP] Weight') index: On the relationship between HDI, IHDI, and PAW
    In a commentary response to my earlier posting on the possible utility of an index comparing GDP to HDI ranking, which I called the PAW ('Punches above its Weight') index, Mariana Prado suggested that the PAW index might be improved if one…
Rank this Week: 362

Mass Tort Litigation Blog

Mass Tort Litigation Blog

By Professors Byron G. Stier, Howard M. Erichson, Alexandra D. Lahav, Elizabeth Chamblee Burch and Sergio J. Campos.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/mass_tort_litigation/
  • Sep 21

    Adam Zimmerman and Dana Remus on Aggregate Litigation Going Private

    Adam Zimmerman and Dana Remus on Aggregate Litigation Going Private
    Professors Adam Zimmerman (Loyola Los Angeles) and Dana Remus (North Carolina) have posted to SSRN their article, Aggregate Litigation Goes Private, 63 Emory L.J. 1317 (2014). Here is the abstract: In Disaggregative Mechanisms, Professor…
  • Sep 12

    Oregon Supreme Court Applies Aggregate Settlement Rule to Clergy Abuse

    Oregon Supreme Court Applies Aggregate Settlement Rule to Clergy Abuse
    On August 21, 2014, the Oregon Supreme Court embraced the ALI's definition of a non-class aggregate settlement and held that an attorney who represented victims of clergy abuse failed to get the clients' informed consent before distributing a…
  • Sep 10

    Panel on Class Action Reform and the BP Deepwater Horizon Case

    Panel on Class Action Reform and the BP Deepwater Horizon Case
    Professor Neal Katyal (Georgetown) and Theodore Olson (Gibson Dunn) take part in a Federalist Society panel on class action reform and the BP Deepwater Horizon case; the panel is moderated by Stuart Taylor (Brookings Institution).
Rank this Week: 262

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
Rank this Week: 1095

The Hugh Hewitt Show

The Hugh Hewitt Show

Covers politics.

http://www.hughhewitt.com/
  • Sep 21

    Agenda 2015

    Agenda 2015
    My Monday Washington Examiner column pushes an agenda for January 2015 if the GOP has both houses of the Congress.
  • Sep 21

    Republicans must act with urgency if party captures Senate

    Republicans must act with urgency if party captures Senate
    Urgency. It’s the quality most missing from within D.C. elites; the quality most necessary if the GOP gains control of both chambers of Congress on Nov. 4. In an otherwise solid address at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday,…
  • Sep 20

    Mark Steyn On The Misplaced Priorities Of Obama And His State Department

    Mark Steyn On The Misplaced Priorities Of Obama And His State Department
    HH: We begin most Thursdays as we do when we are lucky with Mark Steyn, Columnist To the World. Mark, welcome, how are you? MS: Hey, I’m great, Hugh. How’s things with you? HH: Well, terrific. I’ve got a gold medalist coming…
Rank this Week: 1142

Paul Maharg

Paul Maharg

Covers legal education, law, literature, and legal critique.

http://paulmaharg.com/
  • Sep 21

    LETR on regulatory relationship

    LETR on regulatory relationship
    I was revisiting LETR on regulatory relationship for a paper I was giving here at Denver U Sturm College of Law.  A year or so on, how is it looking?  The responses of the main regulators were reasonably predictable though the…
  • Sep 21

    LETR on regulatory relationship

    LETR on regulatory relationship
    I was revisiting LETR on regulatory relationship for a paper I was giving here at Denver U Sturm College of Law.  A year or so on, how is it looking?  The responses of the main regulators were reasonably predictable though the…
  • Sep 21

    Referendum

    Referendum
    MacDiarmid had the words for it: The rose of all the world is not for me. I want for my part Only the little white rose of Scotland That smells sharp and sweet – and breaks the heart. In truth the Referendum vote, Yes and No, is a…
Rank this Week: 3893

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: 47

Start Making Sense

Start Making Sense

Tax and budget policy by Dan Shaviro

http://danshaviro.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 21

    Another long silence ...

    Another long silence ...
    While on sabbatical, I've been traveling again, mixed personal and work.  Recent locales: Paris, Giverny, Vienna, Budapest, now Vienna again, all fantastic places in very different ways.  I'll be back in NYC on Wednesday.While away,…
  • Aug 28

    Allergie

    Allergie
    ... are the body's version of McCarthyism.  The immune system can't find enough real enemies, so it invents fake ones and makes everything worse.
  • Aug 28

    Explaining August's nearly unbroken radio silence

    Explaining August's nearly unbroken radio silence
    Another month almost gone - the last in my favorite three-month stretch of the year (aka the true, as opposed to purely astronomical or even meteorological, summer) - and I have scarcely posted lately.  Thus, for example, I have yet to…
Rank this Week: 4915

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/
  • Sep 20

    Creighton University School of Law Position Opening - Health Law

    Creighton University School of Law Position Opening - Health Law
    CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for a lateral tenured or tenure-track professor in health care law to join our faculty in Fall 2015. Applicants should have significant academic or practice experience in the business…
  • Sep 20

    Published This Week

    Published This Week
    Karen Jordan, Prehospital Resuscitation Decisions: Assessing the Risk of Legal Liability & Impact of TOR Guidelines, SSRN. Katherine A Curnow, Information, Power and Relationships: Minimising Barriers to Access to Justice for End of Life…
  • Sep 20

    Guest Blogger Associate Professor Diana R.H. Winters: So Much, But Yet Not Enough - The Administration’s Plan to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

    Guest Blogger Associate Professor Diana R.H. Winters: So Much, But Yet Not Enough - The Administration’s Plan to Combat Antibiotic Resistance
    Yesterday was a big day in the fight against antibiotic resistance. The White House released an Executive Order and a National Strategy document on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and…
Rank this Week: 767

John Palfrey's Blog

John Palfrey's Blog

Covers intellectual property, politics and teaching. By Harvard Law Professor and Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society John Palfrey.

http://jpalfrey.andover.edu
  • Sep 20

    The Web at 25: Looking Ahead to What Might Be

    The Web at 25: Looking Ahead to What Might Be
    The Web turns 25 years old this year. What has changed since Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a scientist at CERN in Switzerland, released this gift to the world in 1989? The easier question to answer might be to ask what hasn’t … Continue…
  • Sep 12

    The Official Launch of the Andover Institute October 17th

    The Official Launch of the Andover Institute October 17th
    Originally posted on Andover Institute:Andover Institute Launch: A Hub for Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning Please join us to celebrate the official launch of the Andover Institute on Friday, October 17, 2014. The program…
  • Aug 29

    Join Us! Scholar in Connected Learning

    Join Us! Scholar in Connected Learning
    Originally posted on Andover Institute:As we continue to advance our Connected Learning efforts, we are seeking to hire an experienced math instructor who will support the development of online modules and work with us to explore…
Rank this Week: 70

ProfessorBainbridge.com

ProfessorBainbridge.com

Commentary on law, business, economics and culture. By UCLA School of Law Professor Stephen Bainbridge.

http://www.professorbainbridge.com/professorbainbridgecom/
  • Sep 20

    Updated version of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Night Watchman State posted

    Updated version of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Night Watchman State posted
    A revised version of my article Corporate Social Responsibility in the Night Watchman State: A Comment on Strine & Walker is now available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2494003 Abstract:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my…
  • Sep 19

    I get a nice mention in The Economist

    I get a nice mention in The Economist
    “Dual-class” structures were common in America in the 1920s but were largely stamped out in a populist campaign led by William Ripley, a Harvard professor who labelled the practice a “crowning... [[ This is a content summary…
  • Sep 19

    Corporate logo failures that will amaze and amuse

    Corporate logo failures that will amaze and amuse
    Some of these are horrifically awful. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Rank this Week: 354

Family Law Prof Blog

Family Law Prof Blog

By Andrea B. Carrol and Margaret Ryznar.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/family_law/
  • Sep 20

    Male Birth Control

    Male Birth Control
    From the Daily Beast: Vasalgel, a reversible, non-hormonal polymer that blocks the vas deferens, is about to enter human trials. How will rhetoric change when male bodies become responsible for birth control? Vasalgel, a reversible form of…
  • Sep 19

    Call for Paper

    Call for Paper
    The Richmond Journal of Law & the Public Interest is seeking submissions for the Spring Issue of our 2014-2015 volume. We welcome high quality and well cited submissions from academics, judges, and established practitioners who would like…
  • Sep 18

    Surrogacy Law

    Surrogacy Law
    From the New York Times: In Louisiana, Minnesota and New Jersey, after the state legislatures handily passed bills in the last few years allowing surrogacy in some situations, Republican governors vetoed them. Many states are now considering…
Rank this Week: 201

Tillers on Evidence and Inference

Tillers on Evidence and Inference

The evidence blog of Professor Peter Tillers of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

http://tillerstillers.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 19

    Wigmore Lifetime Achievement Award

    Wigmore Lifetime Achievement Award
    Peter Tillers will be the recipient of the Wigmore Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s (Jan. 2015) AALS meeting; the presentation will be made during our section’s joint luncheon with the Criminal Justice section. Thanks to…
  • Sep 18

    Precise reasoning about reasoning with fuzzy word

    Precise reasoning about reasoning with fuzzy word
    Comment by Tillers: legal scholars might avoid uttering a great deal of nonsense about imprecise legal concepts if they took the trouble to study fuzzy logic. Lotfi A.…
  • Sep 10

    The Trouble With Harvard

    The Trouble With Harvard
    Steven Pinker The Trouble With Harvard New Republic (September 4, 2014) Extract:Deresiewicz writes engagingly about the wacky ways of elite university admissions, and he deserves credit for opening a debate on policies which have been…
Rank this Week: 980

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/
  • Sep 19

    CSOL Founder Creates Nonprofit as Alternative to Infilaw

    CSOL Founder Creates Nonprofit as Alternative to Infilaw
    From the Charleston Post & Courier: "Charleston School of Law founder Ed Westbrook has formed a nonprofit corporation to run the school, which he says would provide a viable alternative to selling it to the for-profit InfiLaw System.…
  • Sep 13

    Dean Frank Wu: The Future of Scotland and the Role of Scholar

    Dean Frank Wu: The Future of Scotland and the Role of Scholar
    This essay is by Dean Frank H. Wu, who is Chancellor & Dean of University of California Hastings College of the Law. It was originally published on LinkedIn. I have no opinion about Scotland seceding from the United Kingdom. But...
  • Sep 8

    Do Law Schools Need the AALS?

    Do Law Schools Need the AALS?
    I remember one of the highlights of my early career as a law professor was receiving my first copy of the Directory of Law Teachers. Having your name and bio in the directory was exciting. That was in the in...
Rank this Week: 2779

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/
  • Sep 19

    Enterprise Cities, Competition, and Economic Growth

    Enterprise Cities, Competition, and Economic Growth
    Shanker Singham of the Babson Global Institute (formerly a leading international trade lawyer and author of the most comprehensive one-volume work on the interplay between competition and international trade policy) has published a short…
  • Sep 18

    Tesla Wins Big in Massachusett

    Tesla Wins Big in Massachusett
    On September 15, Tesla won a big victory in Massachusetts. As we have previously chronicled at length on TOTM ( see, e.g., here, here, here, here, here and here), the car dealers are waging a state-by-state ground war to prevent…
  • Sep 17

    Why a Common Law Approach to Defining “Unfair Methods of Competition” Won’t Work

    Why a Common Law Approach to Defining “Unfair Methods of Competition” Won’t Work
    Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act proclaims that “[u]nfair methods of competition . . . are hereby declared unlawful.” The FTC has exclusive authority to enforce that provision and uses it to prosecute Sherman Act…
Rank this Week: 115