on Dec 23, 2009 at 11:44 am
Following up on yesterdayâ€™s New York Times editorial on access to federal courts, and in particular the Courtâ€™s recent decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, the ACSblog â€“ relying on Tony Mauroâ€™s article in the National Law Journal â€“ suggests that motions to dismiss (and decisions dismissing the complaints) based on Iqbal have already become â€œcommonplace.â€Â ACS is hosting a conference next month entitled â€œAccess to Justice in Federal Courtsâ€ that will feature a panel on the Iqbal decision. Details on the conference are available here.
A recent Vanderbilt Law Review study, which concludes that most Supreme Court clerks now take jobs that reflect the ideology of the justice for whom they clerked, continues to attract attention. Â At Cato @ Liberty, Roger Pilon posits that the study demonstrates a systematic politicization of law schools, courts, and the law. Â The ABA Journal has more details. Â And on the subject of former Supreme Court clerks, the WSJ blog has a post on Mondayâ€™s swearing-in by Chief Justice Roberts of the new U.S. ambassador to Australia, Jeff Bleich, who â€”like the Chief Justice â€“ clerked for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
In the Detroit News, Laura Berman has a column on the State of Michiganâ€™s recent filing of an original action against Illinois.Â SCOTUSblog’s own Lyle Denniston alsoÂ analyzes the case.
At Court Beat, Joan Biskupic, author of a recent biography on Justice Scalia,Â recounts her conversation with the justice at the Court’s Christmas party. Â And finally, Above the Law’s Kashmir Hill suggests potential holiday gifts for lawyers. Â Her first recommendation is Supreme Court merchandise, including aÂ visual history poster,Â trading cards, or bobble heads.