The Geek In Review Ep. 79 – Text, Context, and SCOTUS’ Textualism in Bostock – Andrew Koppelman and Sara Harris

Since Justice Antonin Scalia was not available to be on the podcast, we reached out to Northwestern Law School’s John Paul Steven’s Professor of Law, Andrew Koppelman , and Jackson Walker Labor & Employment attorney, Sara Harris , to fill in. Justice Scalia believed in the concept of textualism when it came to the Court interpreting the law, without allowing one’s personal political bias to play a role. According to Merriam Webster, textualism is “a legal philosophy that laws and legal...
Tags: Podcast, Justice, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Lgbtq, Antonin Scalia, Colin, Greg, Merriam Webster, Scalia, Marlene, Andrew Koppelman, Koppelman, Sara Harris, Bostock


A former Fox Rothschild partner has been suspended for four years by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as a consequence of a federal criminal conviction. Philadelphia Business Journal reported on the conviction A former Fox Rothschild partner was sentenced to six... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Fox Rothschild, Harleysville, Philadelphia Business Journal, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

At the Record Shop Café...

... what have you been listening to? The new Bob Dylan album? You can buy it through the Althouse Portal to Amazon if you can't find your way to a local store. It's #1 at Amazon, by the way. Feel free to write about any topic in the comments. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Music, Shopping, Law, Bob Dylan, Madison, Murals, Ann Althouse, Record Shop Café

Anti-electricity cartoon seems kind of like the way people are talking about 5G.

5G from r/trippinthroughtime [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Technology, Law, Scary, Posters, Ann Althouse

UK to launch world's largest genetic study into chronic fatigue syndrome

Research aims to shine a light on condition that is believed to affect 250,000 people in UKThe world’s largest genetic study into chronic fatigue syndrome is to be launched in the UK after receiving £3.2m of funding from the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research.The research aims to shine a light on the debilitating long-term condition, about which little is known, by collecting DNA samples from 20,000 people who have CFS, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Medical Research Council, ME / Chronic fatigue syndrome, National Institute for Health Research The

Male survivors of Covid-19 asked to give plasma for treatment trials

Men who have fought off virus have higher levels of antibodies in their blood than womenCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMen who have recovered from Covid-19 are being asked to donate plasma to be used to treat sick patients in trials because they have higher levels of virus-fighting antibodies in their blood than women.Convalescent plasma is being trialled around the world as a possible treatment for the disease. It contains antibodies generated by the immune systems ...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

Life Is Tough For The Ignorant Too, All Right! — See Also

Snowflakes Unite!: Maine lawyer who doesn't want to hear about white privilege is white, privileged. Who Is The U.S. Attorney Anyway?: Bill Barr isn't very good at any of this. Discrimination Suit: White & Case faces pregnancy discrimination claims. Huh?: Rob Lowe and Clarence Thomas... ok. Fine.
Tags: Law, Maine, Rob Lowe, Bill Barr, See Also

Shockingly, Law School Named For Affirmative Action Opponent Bad At Race And Diversity

A public law school should never have numbers this out of whack.
Tags: Law, Diversity, Racism, Law Schools, George Mason University School of Law, Asslaw

Interim Stat Pack for October Term 2019

OT 2019 has turned out to be a term of unexpected twists and turns. From coronavirus and an oral argument sitting in May — instead of March and April — with remote arguments for the first time ever, to fewer decided cases than in any term since the 19th century, to Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the court’s liberals in some of the most significant decisions of the term, nothing seems to be going according to common expectations. This interim Stat Pack contains data for all decided and ar...
Tags: Featured, Law, Georgia, Department Of Homeland Security, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, University Of California, Republican National Committee, John Roberts, Roberts, Alito, Democratic National Committee, Samuel Alito, Regents, Kavanaugh, Brett Kavanaugh, Office of the Solicitor General

Biglaw Firm Gets In On the Fight For LGBTQ Rights

The fight against the rollback of LGBTQ rights continues.
Tags: Law, Lgbtq, Pride, Biglaw, Quote Of The Day, Transgender Rights, Steptoe & Johnson

COVID-19 Emergency Prompts FDA to Revise Recommendations for Higher HIV-Risk Blood Donors [Sponsored]

Advancements in blood screening methods allow for shortening of donor deferral time for individuals at risk of transmitting HIV.
Tags: Law, Fda, Wolters Kluwer, Sponsored Content, COVID-19

Palo Alto Startup XIRA Aims To Grow Legal Market Size & Profitability By Revolutionizing How Law Is Practiced [Sponsored]

The way we do business has evolved. Xira has emerged as an easy-to-use solution that does the heavy lifting for you.
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Legal Technology, Sponsored Content, Xira

Our Summer Speaker Series: COVID-19 and Innovation Policy

By Jason Rantanen The Iowa Innovation, Business & Law Center is hosting a summer speaker series featuring 30-minute talks by some of the leading legal scholars writing on innovation and COVID -19.  All talks will be via Zoom webinar on Thursdays at 3:30 ET/2:30 CT/ 1:30 MT/12:30 PT. (starting this Thursday). Our speakers are: June 25: Jacob Sherkow on COVID -19 Related Drug Shortages and Innovation Policy July 2: Nicholson Price on Public Funding and COVID -19 Innovation July 9: S...
Tags: Law, Patent, Jason Rantanen, Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Sapna Kumar, Jacob Sherkow, Iowa Innovation Business Law Center, Nicholson Price, Rachel E Sachs

Labor Dispute Disrupts Progress On Navy Destroyer Fleet

As delays in getting ships delivered on time worsen, Navy acquisition chief James Geurts said, "It is critical for our Navy that we get ships, we get them on the schedule we contract for them, and that we have high confidence in our shipbuilders to deliver."
Tags: Law, Navy, Labor / Employment, James Geurts

"The Substance of Montgomery Retroactivity: The Definition of States’ Supremacy Clause Obligation to Enforce Newly-Recognized Federal Rights in Their Post-conviction Proceedings and Why It Matters"

The title of this post is the title of this new article authored by Eric Freedman now available via SSRN. Here is its abstract: In Montgomery v. Louisiana, 136 S.Ct. 718 (2016), the Supreme Court made a decision of far-reaching importance to the criminal justice system: the Supremacy Clause requires states adjudicating post-conviction attacks to give full retroactive effect to “substantive” new rules of federal constitutional law. The significance of this holding has so far been under-appreciat...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Louisiana, Montgomery, Teague, Douglas A Berman, Eric Freedman, SSRN Here

On the latest LawNext: Sociologist Rebecca Sandefur on Enhancing Access to Justice

Sociologist Rebecca Sandefur is one of the world’s leading scholars on access to justice. Professor at the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University, she is also a faculty fellow at the American Bar Foundation, where she founded and leads the Access to Justice Research Initiative. In 2018, she was named a recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant” for her work promoting an evidence-based approach to increasing access to justice for low-income communiti...
Tags: Law, Washington, Uncategorized, Arizona State University, MacArthur, Rebecca Sandefur, American Bar Foundation, LawNext, Sandefur, Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Justice Research Initiative

To Code Or Not To Code: A Legal Skill Question

As lawyers, don’t we always want to be innovating, thinking creatively, and prepared for all eventual outcomes?
Tags: Technology, Law, Olga V. Mack

Opinion analysis: Justices accept, but cabin, SEC’s right to disgorgement in securities litigation

The decision this morning in Liu v. Securities and Exchange Commission struck a middle ground, rejecting the broad argument that the SEC could never obtain disgorgement of profits from unlawful activity in securities litigation, but sharply cutting back the remedy as the SEC has envisioned it in recent years. As securities cases go, the issue in the case was simple, involving the scope of relief in SEC enforcement actions brought in federal court, as opposed to agency administrative proceedings....
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Treasury, SEC, Securities And Exchange Commission, Sonia Sotomayor, Liu, Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas, Merits Cases, Charles Liu, Xin Wang

No new grants on today’s order list

One week after finally denying review in a large batch of cases asking them to weigh in on issues relating to qualified immunity for police officers and the rights of gun owners, this morning the justices issued a relatively quiet list of orders from their private conference last week. The justices did not add any new cases to their merits docket for next term, nor did they ask for the federal government’s views in any cases. The justices denied review in Kansas v. Boettger, the only case that...
Tags: Facebook, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Fbi, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Trump, Howe, Clarence Thomas, United States the Supreme Court, Anthony Elonis, Elonis, Cases in the Pipeline, American Institute for International Steel

Lawyer Complains That ‘White Race’ Attorneys Shouldn’t Have To Hear About ‘White Privilege’

This bar association meeting certainly took a turn.
Tags: Law, Racism, Discrimination, Small Law Firms, Leah Baldacci

Rethinking The Future Of Legal Teams As Business Accelerators [Sponsored]

Join us on June 24th to learn how lawyers can become business allies and create better opportunities for your firm.
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Shoot horse?

I confess I didn't realize how dumb John Bolton was until I read his ABC interview transcript this morning. He's like Gary Larson's horse veterinarian who only has one treatment: "shoot horse." And apparently he thinks that's a "strategy" that Trump lacks. — Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) June 22, 2020 Here's the Gary Larson cartoon.Here's the ABC interview transcript. I've read the cartoon. I've skimmed the (long) transcript) and don't really see the analogy.Here's something Adams says about a...
Tags: Law, Abc, Trump, Adams, Scott Adams, U S Postal Service, John Bolton, Martha Raddatz, Gary Larson, Ann Althouse, Analogies, Trump and foreign policy

DACA Recipients Can Breathe A Sigh Of Relief But Maybe Not For Long

The interesting thing about DACA is that all litigants in the recent Supreme Court argument agree that it was unlawfully established.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Immigration, DACA, Toni Messina

Biglaw Pregnancy Discrimination Suit: Plaintiff Says She Was Told To ‘Keep Her Legs Closed’ To Prevent Pregnancy

The complaint alleges repeated harassment over breastfeeding and more.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, White & Case, The Jabot, Pregnancy Discrimination, Hannah Kim

"Into the Wild Bus That Became a Dangerous Tourist Attraction Airlifted Out of Alaskan Backcountry."

New York Magazine reports.[T]here were 15 costly search-and-rescue missions related to the bus between 2009 and 2017. In 2019, a Belarus woman died trying to cross the Teklanika River to get to the bus, and another visitor drowned in the river in 2010. “We encourage people to enjoy Alaska’s wild areas safely, and we understand the hold this bus has had on the popular imagination,” Feige said in a statement. “However, this is an abandoned and deteriorating vehicle that was requiring dangerous and...
Tags: Travel, Law, Alaska, Belarus, New York Magazine, Chris McCandless, Ann Althouse, Feige, Teklanika River

Coronavirus shielding scheme to be eased in England from 6 July

Government support for most vulnerable will continue until end of July, says Matt HancockCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople with underlying health issues who are most at risk from Covid-19 will no longer have to shut themselves away in their home and can shop and mix with other people from 6 July in England, the health secretary has said.Support for people who are undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, have a damaged immune system or have had an organ transplant will...
Tags: Health, England, Cancer, Society, UK News, Older people, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Matt HancockCoronavirus

On Race And The Bar Exam

I am not sure where we, as a legal community, if we are one, are headed.
Tags: Law, Racism, Dred Scott, Kerriann Stout, Gilbert Bayonne

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