Randy E. Barnett, author of the newly released Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People, just had an interview with Reason TV about the 2016 election, his new book, and his own leadership in the “libertarian legal movement.” reason.com/blog/2016/04/07/randy-barnett-how-a-nice-kid-from-chicag?platform=hootsuite
John Garvey, President of the Catholic University of America and author of Religion and the Constitution, has an article in the Wall Street Journal outlining the implications for religious liberty in relation to the forthcoming decision in the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell case, which centers on the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care […]
Professor Adam WInkler, a constitutional law expert at the University of California Los Angeles law school and author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, was just quoted in the Guardian on President Obama’s dismal prospects for appointing a liberal judge to succeed the late Scalia. www.theguardian.com/law/2016/feb/14/supreme-court-vote-eight-justices-deadlock-nomination-scalia-obama?platform=hootsuite
Rick Hasen is on a roll, this time with a piece in the New York Times reminding us that we don’t need to look to the super-rich (like former Mayor Bloomberg) to fix our government. www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/01/26/could-michael-bloomberg-and-his-millions-save-us-from-ourselves/radically-revise-campaign-laws-to-give-people-not-billionaires-a-voice
Rick Hasen with another great article, this time in the Washington Post, on how Jeb Bush’s failure to gain traction in the primaries despite his massive financial war chest should not lull us into a false sense of comfort on the still pernicious effects of money in politics. www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/money-cant-buy-jeb-bush-the-white-house-but-it-still-skews-politics/2016/01/14/7c920780-b554-11e5-9388-466021d971de_story.html?postshare=6111453052758189&tid=ss_tw-bottom
Writing in the New York Daily News, Rick Hasen—professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and author of Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court and the Distortion of American Elections—explains in this article how we can work to end American plutocracy by limiting the role of money in politics. www.nydailynews.com/opinion/rick-hasen-american-plutocracy-article-1.2492787
Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Contract Law and Theory), has just published an excerpt from his book, Divergent Paths: The Academy and the Judiciary, on Salon. In Posner’s incisive prose, the article lays out an approach for educating law students to better equip them for actual courtroom experience. www.salon.com/2016/01/03/heres_how_we_fix_law_school_this_is_the_real_world_training_future_lawyers_need/?platform=hootsuite
In the more than $10 billion dollar college textbook industry, students are captive consumers. Each semester during syllabus week, they face the infuriating task of spending hundreds of dollars on material they will never look at again after just a few months.
A Supreme Court that once included former senators and governors is populated today by judges with nearly identical résumés. Akhil Reed Amar, a professor of constitutional law at Yale, explains why that’s a mistake.
Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has provoked a firestorm of criticism from activists who fear that it could be invoked as a defense of discrimination against LGBT people. And on the other side, many have embraced the law for exactly the same reason. The Indiana religious right group Advance America praised the law, saying it would help ensure that “Christian bakers, florists and photographers [are not] punished for refusing to participate in a homosexual marriage.” Dylan Matthews, writing for Vox, spoke with Professor Laycock recently.