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Lawsites – Lawsuit Challenging PACER Fees Certified As Class Action

Robert Ambrogi- Law Sites – January 25, 2017: “A federal lawsuit challenging as excessive the fees charged by PACER, the federal courts’ electronic records system, has been certified as a class action. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle in the District of Columbia approved the class of “[a]ll individuals and entities who have paid fees… Continue Reading

Judge Profiles on CourtListener Now Show Oral Arguments Heard

Free Law Project Blog – “We’re proud to share that we’ve now linked together our database of judges and our database of oral argument recordings. This means that as of now if you look at the profile page for a judge, you may see a list of oral argument recordings for cases that judge heard. Clicking… Continue Reading

CourtListener – free legal research website – millions of legal opinions from federal and state courts

“Search millions of opinions by case name, topic, or citation. 418 Jurisdictions. Sponsored by the Non-Profit Free Law Project. With CourtListener, lawyers, journalists, academics, and the public can research an important case, stay up to date with new opinions as they are filed, or do deep analysis using our raw data.” Continue Reading

Application of the Anti-Nepotism Statute to a Presidential Appointment in the White House Office

Opinion of the Office of Legal Counsel January 20, 2017 – “Section 105(a) of title 3, U.S. Code, which authorizes the President to appoint employees in the White House Office “without regard to any other provision of law regulating the employment or compensation of persons in the Government service,” exempts positions in the White House… Continue Reading

EPIC Sues FBI for Details of Russian Interference with 2016 Election

“EPIC today filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation in federal district court in Washington, DC. The case is designated EPIC v. FBI, No. 17-127 (D.D.C. filed Jan. 18, 2017). The complaint states “EPIC challenges the FBI’s failure to make a timely decision concerning EPIC’s request for expedited processing… Continue Reading

Paper – Protected Class Gatekeeping

Clarke, Jessica A., Protected Class Gatekeeping (January 12, 2017). New York University Law Review, Vol. 92, No. 1, 2017. Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2898532 “Courts routinely begin their analyses of discrimination claims with the question of whether the plaintiff has proven he or she is a “member of the protected class.” Although this refrain… Continue Reading

TRAC – Immigration Court Priority Family Case Backlog Surpasses 100,000

“The number of judges is still insufficient to handle the growing backlog in the Immigration Court. The court’s crushing workload reached a record-breaking 533,909 pending cases as the court closed out calendar year 2016, up 4.2 percent in just the last four months. The problem is particularly acute for priority cases involving women with children… Continue Reading

The Death Penalty in 2016: Year End Report Another Record Decline In Death Penalty Use

Death Penalty Information Center – The Death Penalty in 2016: Year End Report – Another Record Decline In Death Penalty Use. Another Record Decline in Death Penalty Use. Death Sentences, Executions and Public Support for Death Penalty at Historic Lows. Courts Bar Unconstitutional Practices in 45 States. Continue Reading

WaPo – More than 1,100 law school professors oppose Sessions’s nomination as attorney general

Washington Post, January 3, 2017: “A group of more than 1,100 law school professors [representing 170 law schools in 48 states] from across the country [sent] a letter to Congress on Tuesday urging the Senate to reject the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general. The letter, signed by professors from 170 law… Continue Reading

Paper – Do Law Clerks Influence Voting on the Supreme Court?

Bonica, Adam and Chilton, Adam S. and Goldin, Jacob and Rozema, Kyle and Sen, Maya, Do Law Clerks Influence Voting on the Supreme Court? (December 16, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2815545 “We study the influence of law clerk ideology on Supreme Court voting. To do so, we exploit the timing of hiring to… Continue Reading

CRS – An Introduction to Judicial Review of Federal Agency Action

Via FAS – An Introduction to Judicial Review of Federal Agency Action, Jared P. Cole, Legislative Attorney. December 7, 2016. “The U.S. Constitution vests the judicial power in the Supreme Court and any inferior courts established by Congress, limiting the power of federal courts to the context of “cases” or “controversies.” Pursuant to constitutional and… Continue Reading

Book Review – Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics

Jochnowitz, Leona Deborah and Ford, Julia A., Book Review – Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics (December 27, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2890524 “The 71st and 72nd 2015 and 2016 annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans focused on themes of… Continue Reading