by Caroline Cox
At The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf discusses recent comments by Judge Nancy Gertner, member of the ACS Board of Directors, on the “unfair and disproportionate” sentences she was forced to impose for drug sentences during her time on the federal bench.
Josh Gerstein quotes ACS President Caroline Fredrickson in an article at Politico on how the Supreme Court is not, as many suggest, leaning more leftward this term.
Sahil Kapur provides the eight best lines from the Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell at Bloomberg Politics.
At Salon, Mark Sherman reports that the Supreme Court has refused to allow Texas to close ten abortion clinics.
Rebecca Leber discusses at The New Republic the Supreme Court’s ruling against EPA regulations yesterday and the problems with Justice Scalia’s reasoning in the case.
At Slate, Richard L. Hasen explains the ruling in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, arguing that the decision “is a dig at Bush v. Gore.”
Read more here: http://www.acslaw.org/acsblog/legaleyes-for-june-30-2015
“Second Circuit grants rehearing in Ganias computer search and seizure case”: Orin Kerr has this post at “The Volokh Conspiracy.”
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“Mindlessly Literal Reading Loses Again: This Supreme Court decision is a dig at Bush v. Gore.” Law professor Richard L. Hasen — author of the “Election Law Blog” — has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Read more here: http://howappealing.abovethelaw.com/063015.html#062758
“Conservatives Push Back Against Court’s Liberal Tilt”: Kenneth Jost had this post yesterday at his blog, “Jost on Justice.”
Read more here: http://howappealing.abovethelaw.com/063015.html#062754
“One word sums up the Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell — ‘Enough!’ Courts are not forums for revisiting political defeats.” Robert Weiner has this post at Casetext.
Read more here: http://howappealing.abovethelaw.com/063015.html#062755
* Which Biglaw firm is going to be changing up the way that it recruits new attorneys? That would be Quinn Emanuel. It’s planning to majorly scale back on summer associates and do something completely different. We’ll have more on this news later today. [WSJ Law Blog] * An undergrad who once had high hopes for law school decided to ditch his legal aspirations in favor of stand-up comedy. His mom is mad since it’s a “path that has no specific stability.” She obviously hasn’t read up on law school job stats lately. [Indy Channel] * Justice Kennedy should consider trading in his robes for a superhero’s cape, because he just swooped in to the rescue, again. With a 5-4 vote, SCOTUS stayed the Fifth Circuit’s decision regarding the closure of the majority of abortion clinics in Texas. [NPR] * Damn you, Dewey leaders! Per recent testimony in the criminal trial of the failed firm’s former top brass, but for news of the criminal probe spreading like wildfire throughout the profession, D&L could’ve merged with any number of firms to save itself. [Am Law Daily] * Some pretty major firms think they have better things to spend their Biglaw bucks on than donations to legal aid organizations. Only five firms were willing to publicly disclose more than $1 million in donations. [DealBook / New York Times via American Lawyer]
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“Supreme Court Concludes Term With Death Penalty Ruling, Looks Ahead”: Nina Totenberg had this audio segment on today’s broadcast of NPR’s “Morning Edition.”
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“Supreme Court ends term with rulings on EPA, voter redistricting and lethal injection”: This video segment featuring Marcia Coyle appeared on yesterday evening’s broadcast of the PBS NewsHour.
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James (Whitey) Bulger, former Boston crime kingpin: “Advice is a cheap commodity. Some seek it from me about crime. I know only one thing for sure: If you want to make crime pay go to law school.” [New York Times via Paul Caron]
Tags: law schools, lawyers
Unwanted endorsements dept. is a post from Overlawyered – Chronicling the high cost of our legal system
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- How does your state rank on asset forfeiture laws? [Michael Greibok, FreedomWorks via Scott Shackford] Maryland delegate alleges that vetoed bill “would have made it easier for criminals to get their forfeited property back,” seemingly unaware that it focused on rights of owners *not* found guilty of anything [Haven Shoemaker, Carroll County Times] Arizona counties said to have nearly free rein in spending money [Arizona Republic via Coyote]
- I took part last week in a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. on civil asset forfeiture, sponsored by Right on Crime, and it went very well I thought [Sarah Gompper, FreedomWorks]
- “Nail Salon Owner Sues For Return Of Life Savings Seized By DEA Agents At Airport” [Tim Cushing, TechDirt]
- “How Philadelphia seizes millions in ‘pocket change’ from some of the city’s poorest residents” [Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post “Wonkblog”]
- IRS drops structuring forfeiture case against N.C. convenience store owner Lyndon McLellan, will return more than $107,000 it seized [Institute for Justice]
- Canada, too, has civil forfeiture when there has been no criminal conviction [British Columbia Civil Liberties Association]
- Michigan testimony: “After they breached the door at gunpoint with masks, they proceeded to take every belonging in my house” [Jacob Sullum]
- Town of Richland, Mississippi, population 7,000, builds $4.1 million police headquarters with forfeiture money. Thanks, passing motorists! [Steve Wilson, Mississippi Watchdog via Radley Balko]
Tags: Canada, forfeiture, illegal drugs, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Philadelphia
Forfeiture roundup is a post from Overlawyered – Chronicling the high cost of our legal system
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“Supreme Court’s liberal admirers get reality check; Reports of the Supreme Court’s leftward turn have been greatly exaggerated”: Josh Gerstein of Politico.com has this report.
And at Politico Magazine, various contributors offer their thoughts under the headline “Did the Roberts Court Really Lurch Left? Gay marriage. Health care. Housing. Was it a sea change … or a blip?“
Read more here: http://howappealing.abovethelaw.com/062915.html#062750
“Conservatives help liberals win at Supreme Court”: Stephen Collinson and Ariane de Vogue of CNN.com have this report.
Read more here: http://howappealing.abovethelaw.com/062915.html#062751
Doing a summer at a law firm is the key rite of passage for ambitious second-year law students. That rite is becoming less important at Quinn Emanuel.
As Sara Randazzo reports in The Wall Street Journal, Quinn Emanuel announced it is downsizing its summer program from about 50 participants to between 5 and 10. In its experience it’s not the best training opportunity for students since they can’t be put on long-term projects such as a major trial. Also, it’s expensive.
Quinn Emanuel will focus increasingly on recruiting third-year students and judicial clerks. The money its saves from the reduced summer program will be plowed into signing bonuses.
Read more here: http://lawandmore.typepad.com/law_and_more/2015/06/quinn-emanuel-downsizing-summer-program-shifts-recruiting-to-3rd-years-judicial-clerks.html