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NY Times on Ken Starr

Interesting New York Times article on Ken Starr, former Pepperdine Dean (2004-10) (and former D.C. Circuit Judge (1983-89), U.S. Solicitor General (1989-93), and Independent Counsel (1994-99) and since 2010 President of Baylor University: Many remember Mr. Starr from his days as independent counsel, when he delivered a report to Congress...

US Solicitor General, Don Verrilli, Tells Supreme Court That Of Course You Can Infringe On An Invalid Patent

3 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Nine years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled in the Grokster case in favor of the movie studios, effectively expanding copyright law to include an "inducement" standard that is not present in the actual text of the law (in fact, Congress had just rejected an attempt to add some inducement language to copyright law in the form of the INDUCE Act). Show More Summary

Why gay marriage opponents have lost

The face-off on “Fox News Sunday” between Tony Perkins, the leader of the Family Research Council, and former solicitor general Ted Olson on gay marriage was illuminating. One could see precisely why gay marriage opponents are losing the national debate. Perkins was asked how he would draw the line between a ban on  interracial marriage […]

Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, talks about "the Supreme Court's back alley type Roe v. Wade decision" and the "guardrails" of nature.

On "Fox News Sunday" today, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, attempted to match wits on the subject of marriage equality with former Solicitor General Ted Olson. Early on, the moderator, Chris Wallace, asked Perkins...Show More Summary

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: For Next Attorney General, Obama Should Reach Across The Aisle. Gay-marriage …

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: For Next Attorney General, Obama Should Reach Across The Aisle. Gay-marriage advocate and former Solicitor General Ted Olson, say. Key bit: Perhaps President Obama — and, for that matter, future presidents — should take a lesson from the way we handle the Department of Defense, and apply it to the Department […]

MY USA TODAY COLUMN FOR TOMORROW: For Next Attorney General, Obama Should Reach Across The Aisle. …

MY USA TODAY COLUMN FOR TOMORROW: For Next Attorney General, Obama Should Reach Across The Aisle. Gay-marriage advocate and former Solicitor General Ted Olson, say.

UKIP MEP: We’ll Take SIX Seats At General Election

DONCASTER, United Kingdom - Steven Wolfe, UKIP Euro MP for North-West England, has claimed the party will win six seats at the general election next year. The former solicitor told Breitbart London that the party’s aspiration to take three or four seats “would be a miracle, but I think we will exceed that”. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 09.26.14

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Solicitor General Don Verrilli may be a frontrunner to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, but the competition seems to be stiff. Kamala Harris, anyone? [USA Today] FBI Director James Comey is annoyed by Apple and Google marketing...Show More Summary

With Holder Leaving, Verrilli Is Back in the Spotlight

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., who successfully defended President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law in 2012, is among the possible candidates to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder.

Federal Judge Appointed By Ronald Reagan Shreds Indiana's Lawyer During Oral Arguments About Indiana's Gay Marriage Ban

3 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

You'll want to listen to Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher try to defend Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals this morning—you'll particularly want to listen if you're a gay parent. The full recording is here. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 07.22.14

4 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

From Big Government to Biglaw: Our congratulations go out to Benjamin Horwich, most recently of the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, as he joins Munger Tolles & Olson as counsel. Nice work. [Munger Tolles...Show More Summary

Malawi Solicitor General Says Country Has Suspended Anti-Gay Laws

4 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

At a meeting with the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva last week, Malawi’s Secretary for Justice and Solicitor General Janet Chikaya-Banda said that the southeast African nation has suspended arresting people for homosexuality until its anti-gay laws are...

North Dakota Officials File Motion To Dismiss Gay Marriage Lawsuit

5 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The motion to dismiss the challenge to that state's ban on gay marriage (filed last month) was introduced late Tuesday by the state attorney general's office. North Dakota Solicitor General Doug Bahr wrote in his 50-page proposal: "Nothing in the...

I love the Supreme Court's emerging unanimity.

And so does former acting solicitor general Neal K. Katyal:The justices’ ability to cross partisan divides and find common ground in their bottom-line judgment in roughly two-thirds of their cases... should remind us that even in this...Show More Summary

South Carolina Official: Confederate Flag Can Fly Over Citadel

On June 10, South Carolina Solicitor General Robert D. Cook said the Confederate flag "displayed at the Citadel military college" can continue to fly and is protected by the 2000 "Heritage Act." The flag is located at the college's Summerall Chapel. Show More Summary

‘Cold Fish’ Memo on Justice Breyer Surfaces in Clinton Papers

When Deputy Solicitor General Ian Gershengorn argues before the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer and his eight colleagues sit in judgment. But the roles were reversed 21 years ago, when Mr. Gershengorn helped then President Bill Clinton vet Mr. Breyer, then a federal appeals judge in Boston. The verdict was severe.

Ted Olson Says He Faced Conservative ‘Blowback’ Over Prop. 8 Case

In a new book, the former George W. Bush solicitor general talks about how some of his conservative friends and colleagues urged him not to take up the case against Proposition 8.

Appointment of Daniel Therrien

6 months agoIndustries / Law : Law is Cool

-  Ann Barrow, Paralegal Student, Centennial College   While the issue of the newly nominated Daniel Therrien, current Assistant Deputy Solicitor General, by Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the position of privacy watchdog appears to be merely a political issue, its impact on privacy issues is paramount. Alex Boutilier offers a neutral critique of the […]

Appeals Court Questions Solicitor General in Motorola Antitrust Case

Normally, judges assume that if the U.S. Solicitor General says he’s speaking for the executive branch when he's making a legal argument, he means it. But apparently, that's not always the case.

White House To Release Drone Strike Justification Memo

The Obama administration will disclose the memo that gives them justification for drone strikes. Solicitor General Don Verrilli decided not to appeal the April 21 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals mandating the disclosure of the memo, and Attorney General Eric Holder agreed with that decision. The White House was informed Tuesday […]

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