Monday, December 18, 2017

Oral Arguments

Can be found at this link. You will need to sign-in with your username/PW.

Great job and thanks for a great semester.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Important Glossary of Judicial Terms

From Prof. Garrett Epps of University of Baltimore. You will be familiar with several of these.

See everyone tomorrow.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Andrew beat me to it

Tell your friends and colleagues.

Would-be District Judges Should Take This Course

Two nominees for sitting on the district judicial bench could not answer basic legal questions:

  • What is the Daubert standard?
  • What is a motion in limine?
  • Younger abstention doctrine?
  • Pullman abstention doctrine?
What are other law schools teaching their students? Even if you hadn't taken a class like Federal Courts or Evidence, wouldn't you have prepared a little better for an interview for a job with a lifetime appointment? This is like zero prep.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Response to Shannon's 9th Circuit Argument Post

This is fascinating and right on point regarding our class discussion of when a writ of mandamus may be warranted.

It is great to be able to see these higher court arguments. It really makes me wonder why SCOTUS is so reluctant to allow a technology that has been around for a century. It removes them from the perception of modern world, and not in a good way.
For anyone interested:

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cert granted in Salt River

SCOTUS granted cert in Salt River Project v. SolarCity, on the question "Whether orders denying state-action immunity to public entities are immediately appealable under the collateral-order doctrine." Although there will not be merits briefing in time,  you may look at the cert petition and brief-in-opposition in prepping for argument.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Final Class


Arguments begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 18. We will go until early afternoon, with a break for lunch (provided). Be sure to review the Standing Order on how arguments work, the Chief script, etc. Do yourself a favor and listen to some arguments to get a sense of what this should sound like.

Congressional Control Commentaries due to Donna Yff ( by noon on Friday, December 8 (you are, of course, welcome to turn it in sooner).

Thanks for a fun semester--this is the first time in several years we have gotten to the jurisdiction-stripping materials.