- SCOTUSblog picks up on the latest on detainee litigation, which includes some fancy footwork by attorneys who are trying to get the Supremes to weigh in again.
- Oyez.org just got a lot cooler. Not only does it now have a Google mashup of where justices are buried, but some oral arguments now have a synchronized audio-to transcript feature, complete with avatar for the speaker. See, e.,g. here. Look over there ---> for a preview.
- Someone tipped off the cops that Scalia’s daughter was driving drunk, and she was arrested and charged with DUI and child endangerment.
- Did Madonna have it right all along? According to “The second most powerful member of the Texas House… teaching
evolution amounts to indoctrinating students in an ancient Jewish sect's
beliefs.” This little nugget originally
appeared in a
Georgia legislator’s memo. Tnx Science and the Law Blog.
- Some law professors (Tamar Frankel and Wendy Gordon) has had the guts to say that all this talk about the need to teach more “practical” law is a load of hooey, and condemn Cameron Stracher for saying otherwise. TaxProfblog has the links. Look, folks, we can and should discuss tweaking law schools. Personally, I think law schools should have 1) less “law and the banana” courses; 2) more theory as taught at a graduate level by faculty from other schools (e.g. philosophy of science – rather than “science and the law” and “discrete math” rather than “logic for lawyers”); and 3) more required widely-applied subject matter courses (e.g. admin law, tax, criminal procedure). When law students get out into the “real world” they will learn about the “practice” of law in their field sooner or later. However, they won’t be able to think “outside the box” (i.e. really help their clients) unless they have a freakin' large intellectual toolbox that can only be acquired at law school.
- Finally, C&F explains what it is like to represent a client in a case that has gained unexpected notoriety, by the same people that refused to help earlier. Update: The Society of Professional Journalists strikes back in the comment field.