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Academic highlight: The rise of the “hot bench”: what it means...

Terry Skolnik is Assistant Professor at the University of Ottowa, Faculty of Law. Beginning in the mid 1990s, the dynamics of Supreme Court hearings started to change significantly. Many of these changes persist today. Tonja Jacobi and Matthew Sag’s research demonstrates that the justices now speak more during oral argument than they did in the…
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Academic highlight: Lawyers with more experience obtain better outcomes

Michael J. Nelson is Jeffrey L. Hyde and Sharon D. Hyde and Political Science Board of Visitors Early Career Professor in Political Science at Penn State University. Lee Epstein is Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. In response to a question about the importance of experienced attorneys in the…
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The Framer’s intent: Gouverneur Morris, the Committee of Style and the...

As the federal constitutional convention drew to a close, the delegates appointed the Committee of Style and Arrangement to prepare a final Constitution from the textual provisions that the convention had previously adopted. Pennsylvania delegate Gouverneur Morris was assigned the task of drafting, and, with few revisions and little debate, the convention hurriedly adopted the…
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Academic highlight: The quiet doctrinal shift (likely) behind the border-wall stay

By what was effectively a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court yesterday agreed to fully stay a California district court’s injunction against President Donald Trump’s repurposing of appropriated funds to build part of his “border wall.” The Supreme Court’s summary order in Trump v. Sierra Club offered one sentence of explanation: “Among the reasons is that…