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4 Dec 0001, 4:00 pm by Jim Duffy
According to the President of the Supreme Court, the judiciary not only has a right but an obligation “to speak out on matters concerning the rule of law.”  In recent months, it is a duty from which Lord Neuberger has not shirked, and last night’s lecture to the Institute of Government was no exception.  Its focus was the importance of legal aid, which Neuberger described through the prism of the UK’s constitutional set-up and the respective roles of the… [read post]
19 Apr 2014, 8:12 am by
"... but their motivations were more complex: if the efforts to upend Jim Crow reflected idealism, it was a cynical idealism," writes Jelani Cobb in a New Yorker article titled "The Failure of Desegregation."In the decades prior to Brown, the civil-rights establishment had fought a fierce and futile battle for the equal distribution of resources between black and white schools. It was only after attempting to force school districts to uphold the latter part of “separate but equal” proved… [read post]
18 Apr 2014, 11:33 am by Joe Patrice
* This law school will only accept students who want to be lawyers for the “right” reasons. In other words they’re admitting everyone because literally no admissions essay ever says, “I want to be a lawyer so I can make bank covering up a Ponzi scheme.” [Huffington Post] * Sexually harassing unpaid interns with the full protection of the law was fun while it lasted in New York. [Slate] * Mark Herrmann shows you how to write articles that are not only boring but that… [read post]
18 Apr 2014, 6:18 am by
"There's a safety to living in such a diverse place. It's much more difficult to brainwash a population that is composed of so many different nationalities and so many different viewpoints." [read post]
18 Apr 2014, 6:00 am by
1. We could talk about the title, which, like the similar title "Decision Points" (George W. Bush's book), suggests there will be a sequence of narratives highlighting the author's role as decisionmaker. I wonder how hard they thought about the word hard, which — like "bossy" and "shrill" — seems to be one of those words used to insinuate that a woman is insufficiently feminine. Why write "hard" across the image of a woman? You've got to know that's going to bring out the haters. Which… [read post]
18 Apr 2014, 6:00 am by admin
[Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3] By: David A. Smith When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story. – Charles Baxter By the early 1990s, as we saw in the preceding Part 3, the SPURA site’s development standoff had defeated three mayors and was well on its way to outlasting its fourth (the urban placeholder David Dinkins) as the community had been unable to embrace developer Sam LeFrak. GOLES… [read post]
17 Apr 2014, 1:05 pm by Tamara Tabo
Can you blame Campaign for Liberty for not wanting to expose its private-citizen donors to retribution, even if that means disregarding IRS demands? [read post]
17 Apr 2014, 12:25 pm by Steve Hall
Today's Beaumont Enterprise publishes the editorial, "Texas must reveal source of execution drugs." Attorney General Greg Abbott was right the first time: The state of Texas must reveal the source of the execution drugs it uses - just as it... [read post]
17 Apr 2014, 11:55 am by Jacob Gershman
An effort to end capital punishment in New Hampshire has failed by one vote in the state senate. [read post]
17 Apr 2014, 11:55 am by Jacob Gershman
An effort to end capital punishment in New Hampshire has failed by one vote in the state senate. [read post]
17 Apr 2014, 11:55 am by Jacob Gershman
An effort to end capital punishment in New Hampshire has failed by one vote in the state senate. [read post]
17 Apr 2014, 9:29 am by Kelly Phillips Erb
It’s the Thursday after Tax Day… do you know where your tax dollars are? It’s a tough question. While most Americans have a general idea about the federal budget, one of the most concerning issues for taxpayers is exactly how our tax dollars are being spent. The federal budget has been available online for years but it had been nearly impossible to translate those numbers into an understanding of how individual tax dollars are divvied up. That all changed in 2011 with the… [read post]
17 Apr 2014, 8:31 am by
A Stuart Taylor Jr. article at The New Republic (about the book "The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities"). Excerpt:Sensational smears based on false information aside, the absence of new evidence does not deter [William D.] Cohan from seeking to spin his own tendentious characterizations of old evidence—often contradicted by other evidence elsewhere in the book—into dark Nifongesque innuendos of sexual… [read post]
17 Apr 2014, 8:15 am by EEM
Publications:Asylum Seekers Left High and Dry in Indonesia (IRIN, April 2014) [text]Boat People, Politics and Humanity (Agora Dialogue, April 2014) [text]Expedited Processing of Asylum Seekers: The Future of Refugee Status Determination in Australia?, Bachelor's thesis (Murdoch University, Nov. 2013) [text]Offshore Processing: Lessons from the ‘Pacific Solution’ (FlagPost, April 2014) [text]Post Return Assessment in Tirah Valley: Consultation with Returnees and Mission Conducted from 25… [read post]
17 Apr 2014, 6:25 am by
Do you like the rhetorical use of the double negative? I can't get no satisfaction from some rich and powerful guy deploying the old double negative device as a way of seeming close to the working-class folk he represents.There's much more to say about double negatives. (Check out the Wikipedia article on the topic. Do you know when a double negative is litotes?) What I want to talk about is what Trumka says can't get better. The "it" in "it don't get no better" is not Warren herself. Trumka doesn't… [read post]
17 Apr 2014, 4:47 am by admin
[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith The king died, and then the queen dies is a story.  The king died, and then the queen died of grief, is a plot.  – E. M. Forster As we’ve seen in the three parts up to now, the site that became known as SPURA was an eminent-domain battleground in the 1960s, and then a vacant political landscape in the 1970s and into the early 1980s. The Lower East Side, 1980s: probably the… [read post]
17 Apr 2014, 3:08 am by Liam Thornton
UCD Sutherland School of Law is now inviting applications for our exciting LLM in International Human Rights.  On this programme you will acquire specialised and in-depth knowledge and understanding of international human rights law, political theory of rights and international relations relating to human rights. This programme will equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and capacity to work in the field of human rights, either domestically or internationally, as practising lawyers,… [read post]
16 Apr 2014, 10:03 pm by Cathy Siegner
Members of the Vermont Senate voted 28-2 on Wednesday for a bill that, if the Vermont House of Representatives concurs with the Senate’s changes, would make it the first state in the country to require labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill, H. 112, passed the Vermont House last year but needs to go back there for final approval of changes made in the Senate. Then, if House members give their final approval and Gov. Peter Shumlin signs it, which he has said… [read post]