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For the third time, justices take on union-fee issue: In Plain EnglishLike many employees, Mark Janus was upset about deductions from his paycheck – specifically, the roughly $45 per month that goes to the local branch of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the union that represents him. But unlike most employees, Janus – a child-support specialist at the state’s Department of Healthcare […]

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Academic highlight: Jacobi & Rozema on predicting outcomes based on interruptions at oral argumentSavvy litigators can often guess the outcome of a Supreme Court case by observing the oral argument. But it might also be possible to make that kind of prediction scientifically, through empirical analysis of the justices’ interactions with the advocates and with each other. In a recent paper, Tonja Jacobi and Kyle Rozema studied oral arguments from […]

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Monday round-up

December 18th, 2017 06:54 AM

Monday round-upBriefly: In The Washington Post, Robert Barnes invites readers to “reflect on the fact that — once again — folks had to sleep on the sidewalk for days to see or hear the Supreme Court at work,” waiting for up to four days to gain access to the oral argument earlier this month in Masterpiece Cakeshop […]

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This week at the court

December 17th, 2017 12:00 PM

This week at the courtThe Supreme Court is on recess. The justices will meet next for their January 5 conference. The calendar for the January sitting, which begins on January 8, is available on the Supreme Court’s website.

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Petition of the day

December 15th, 2017 04:00 PM

Petition of the dayThe petition of the day is: ICTSI Oregon, Inc. v. International Longshore and Warehouse Union 17-770 Issue: Whether a claim that parties to a collective bargaining agreement have violated the antitrust laws by conspiring to seize work controlled by employers outside the bargaining unit through coercion that violates the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 158(b)(4)(B) […]

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How the Grinch stole relists

December 15th, 2017 12:19 PM

How the Grinch stole relistsJohn Elwood reviews Monday’s relists, after a fashion. Every Nerd Down in Nerd-ville Liked relists a lot … But the Grinch, Who lived just south of Nerd-ville, Did NOT! The Grinch hated relists! The whole relist thingy! Now, please don’t ask why. Who can tell with that ninny? It could be his head wasn’t screwed […]

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Ask the author: Justice Robert Jackson’s revealing thoughts and unpublished opinion in <em>Brown v. Board of Education</em>The following is a series of questions posed by Ronald Collins on the occasion of the publication of David M. O’Brien’s  “Justice Robert H. Jackson’s Unpublished Opinion in Brown v. Board” (University Press of Kansas, 2017, pp. 220). David O’Brien is the Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor at the University of Virginia. He was […]

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Friday round-up

December 15th, 2017 07:02 AM

Friday round-upBriefly: At Bloomberg BNA, Jordan Rubin reports that “[a] group of foreign lawyers wants the U.S. Supreme Court to look to the English roots of the Sixth Amendment and the duties of counsel in other countries today when it considers the case of an American death row inmate” in McCoy v. Louisiana, a capital case […]

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Petitions of the day

December 14th, 2017 05:17 PM

Petitions of the dayThe petitions of the day are: United States v. Stitt 17-765 Issue: Whether burglary of a nonpermanent or mobile structure that is adapted or used for overnight accommodation can qualify as “burglary” under the Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984, 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(2)(B)(ii). United States v. Sims 17-766 Issue: Whether burglary of a nonpermanent or mobile structure […]

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Symposium: <em>NIFLA v. Becerra</em> — Compelling the truth in health-care deliveryPriscilla J. Smith is a clinical lecturer in law at Yale Law School. Don’t ask me why, but I’ve been moved of late to look for common ground with ideological opponents. Perhaps it is the aging process, a desire for a quieter life, or living with daily reminders of obnoxious (add whatever adjective here you’d […]

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