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Judging While Female

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On April 2, 2012
I was lucky enough to chair a panel at WPSA where Rebecca Gill presented the latest iteration of her research into how the judicial merit evaluations done under ABA guidelines actually work in practice, and the results are as depressing as you would expect: Following up on earlier work published in the Law & Society […]
Anderson makes a great point with respect to Michael Daly Hawkins, the 9CA judge who implicitly argued that if Vaughn Walker was planning to get married it would be reasonable to demand his recusal: How on earth did Judge Hawkins get on the federal appellate bench with a mind like that? … Oh, of course. […]
Fortunately, the idea that Judge Walker should recuse himself has been treated with the seriousness it deserves. Ed “But he even lives near San Fransisco!” Whelan doesn’t like the ruling. I look forward to his post arguing that it was inappropriate for the majority in yesterday’s securities litigation ruling not to recuse themselves.    I […]

Jim Crow Returns To 11CA

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On September 10, 2010
Ah, the American judicial system.   An employer engages in racial discrimination sufficiently egregious that an Alabama jury find it illegal.     The 11th Circuit throws out the verdict.    Its reasoning is so specious that a unanimous Supreme Court rejects it.  Another jury finds the discrimination illegal.    In the finest Jim Crow traditions, 11CA once again decides […]

Prop H8 and 9CA

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On August 8, 2010

Vikram Amar has a good piece about the recent holding that Propoistion 8 is unconstitutional and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The most important point, I think, is that if the 9th Circuit decides

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