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Skipping The Summer Reading

Skipping The Summer Reading

This essay is about reading gay porn before class. And it resurrects an Ideological Outrage Of The Day from 2012. And a graphic novel. And striking out romantically. And Richard Dawkins.

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Questions From the Headlines

Questions From the Headlines

When headline writers use questions, Burt Likko answers them. Briefly, completely, and unabashedly expressing his own opinion. Ten questions about politics, the business of news, news of business, and grizzly bears.

Like Jason Voorhees In That Last Scene

Like Jason Voorhees In That Last Scene

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Religious Test Clause predictably collide with Obergefell v. Hodges in Eastern Kentucky.

And They're Off!

And They’re Off!

A snapshot of a crowded campaign, taken right as the gate opens.

Big Monday, 2015

Big Monday, 2015

The Supreme Court adjourns for the Term with decisions about redistricting, air pollution, and executions. Burt Likko summarizes each of them, and offers a sad observation about judicial comity losing one of its most prominent sentinels,

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The Highest Profile Legal Writing Clinic Ever

The Highest Profile Legal Writing Clinic Ever

The legal writing in Obergefell v. Hodges is both a model and a caution for future writers, especially those who, like lawyers, would write to persuade.

Marriage!

Obergefell was announced by SCOTUS this morning. 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage rights. Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to both issues SSM licenses and to recognize licenses issued by other states. Opinion by Kennedy. Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito all dissent, mostly joining one anothers’ dissents. My office scheduled a 9:30 new client intake…

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Delivering Due Deference

Delivering Due Deference

Chief Justice Roberts was nearly silent during oral argument, and then wrote the 6-3 majority opinion in today’s Obamacare case. Burt Likko replies to Justice Antonin Scalia’s accusations of through-the-looking-glass judicial activism.

<i>Estragon v. Godot</i>, or, Still Waiting For The Big Decisions

Estragon v. Godot, or, Still Waiting For The Big Decisions

An underwhelming report from SCOTUS this morning.

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Walker, Texas Lawsuit

Walker, Texas Lawsuit

What happens when a fraternal organization, dedicated to commemorating Confederate veterans of the U.S. Civil War, declares “all in” before the U.S. Supreme Court, in a case where there appear to be two directly controlling yet contradictory cases and the ideological alignments of the Justices are apparently inverted? Burt Likko breaks down today’s license plate case.

Weekend!

Weekend!

Movies, sports, food, relaxation, fun times. At least, hopefully that’s the sort of thing that your weekend promises!

Why Lawyers Need To Conduct All Job Interviews For Everyone From Now On Forever

Why Lawyers Need To Conduct All Job Interviews For Everyone From Now On Forever

If an employer sees that a job applicant seems to have some sort of religious need for accommodation contrary to the employer’s policies, isn’t the safer thing for the interviewer to do to avoid dealing with the applicant’s religion at all? Antonin Scalia answers that question and Burt Likko breaks down today’s moderately surprising 8-1 decision.