Thursday, September 1, 2011


Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.  I prefer civil procedure, although if there were ever a band called "Personal Jurisdiction," I'd certainly buy their album.  I digress.  The question at bar: what is the most memorable judicial line in a SCOTUS civ pro/fed cts decision?

Important ground rule: one doesn’t have to agree with the sentiment expressed by a nominee line.  We can all agree, I think, that Justice Souter's Twombly line that Conley’s “no set of facts” language “has earned its retirement” was darn memorable.  Email me nominees (bmaher at and I'll reveal the winner at the end of my guest month here at CPFCB.  Winner is the line that gets the most mentions.

Delighted to be guesting.  Thanks much to Adam, Robin, and Cynthia for having me.

--Brendan Maher

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