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Adam Liptak – Supreme Court Correspondent, The New York Times

March 9, 2010

The University of Akron School of Lawâs Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility will offer its inaugural Journalism and the Law Lecture titled âCovering the Roberts Court in the Obama Era: A Reporterâs Reflections.â The lecture will be given by Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent and columnist for The New […]

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2009-2010 Term: Skilling v. United States (Part 1) The Facts

March 3, 2010

     Jeff Skilling, former Enron CEO, has challenged his conviction for fraud and taken his appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States, raising two constitutional issues.  He contends that one of the laws under which he was convicted is unconstitutionally vague, and that his trial should have been moved out of Houston because […]

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Congress Considers Return to Notice Pleading

January 27, 2010

     Bills pending in Congress may return pleadings in federal courts to the "notice pleading"  standard.

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The U.S. Supreme Court Adds Procedural and Remedies Issues to Its Docket

January 20, 2010

          Two of five cases the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear last week deal with the procedure or remedies that govern in federal court.  Both decisions may be important to federal court litigants in a wide variety of cases.

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U.S. Supreme Court – in Plain English

January 15, 2010

Who wouldnât like Supreme Court issues explained in easy to understand terminology?  The Supreme Court of the United States Blog (SCOTUSBLOG) is now publishing plain English summaries of the Questions Presented in each of the Supreme Court cases for this Term.   

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Christian Legal Society v. Martinez (Part 6): Does a Religious Organization Have Greater Constitutional Rights to Discriminate than Other Groups?

January 9, 2010

     In this final installment on this pending case I discuss whether or not a religious organization like CLS has a constitutional right to discriminate that is superior to the rights that other advocacy groups might have.

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High Court Rules that Orders Adverse to Attorney-Client Privilege Are Not Immediately Appealable as Collateral Final Orders

December 9, 2009

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday, in Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Carpenter, that court orders finding a waiver of the attorney-client privilege are not immediately reviewable under the collateral final order doctrine.  In so ruling, the Court continued its focus on the "importance" of the interest at stake, noting that, to qualify as an immediately appealable collateral order, the interest […]

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2009-2010 Supreme Court Term: (2) Court Refuses to Hear "Washington Redskins" Trademark Case

November 16, 2009

     Earlier today the Supreme Court announced that it would not hear the case that had been brought against the owners of the Washington Redskins football team challenging their use of the name "Redskins" as a trademark.  The issue in the case was not the First Amendment or even the substance of Trademark Law; instead, […]

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NEW U.S. Supreme Court Database

November 6, 2009

Questions: In the last 50 years or so, how many U.S. Supreme Court cases dealt with Fifth Amendment self-incrimination? Of the four Court eras covered by the database (Warren, Burger, Rehnquist and Roberts), which court era had the most number of liberal decisions? How many cases from Ohio made it to the U.S. Supreme Court? […]

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"Supreme Court Week" on C-SPAN

October 2, 2009

From C-SPANâs  website: âBeginning Sunday October 4 at 9:00 p.m. and continuing through that entire week–each night at 9:00 p.m. — C-SPAN will present groundbreaking and unique programs on the Supreme Court. Featuring an original documentary production "The Supreme Court: Home to America's Highest Court" as well as an unprecedented collection of original interviews with […]

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Stevens, Holmes, Cardozo, and … Posner?

September 13, 2009

     Two weeks ago the AP speculated that Justice Stevens may be planning to retire, and Howard Fineman reportedly repeated those rumors this morning on the Chris Matthews Show.  At 89 Stevens is the second-oldest Supreme Court justice ever to serve, second only to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., who retired in 1932 at the age […]

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Tom Goldstein's Statistical Analysis of the Supreme Court Term

August 19, 2009

     Tom Goldstein of published a statistical analysis of the 2008-2009 Supreme Court term that can be accessed here.  Some of his findings are summarized and discussed below.

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