Saturday, January 23, 2010

Reproductive and Sexual Rights Conference: NYU February 12

A one-day Symposium gathering scholars and practitioners involved in reproductive and sexual rights will be held by the NYU Review of Law and Social Change on February 12, 2010.  

Registration and other information here.

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RR

January 23, 2010 in Conferences, Equal Protection, Family, Fourteenth Amendment, Fundamental Rights, Gender, Medical Decisions, Privacy, Race, Reconstruction Era Amendments, Reproductive Rights, Scholarship, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality, Theory | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Symposium: Civil Legal Representation and Access to Justice

The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law, the University of Washington School of Law, and Gonzaga University School of Law are co-sponsoring a symposium and CLE on Friday, February 19, at Seattle University School of Law titled Civil Legal Representation and Access to Justice: Breaking Point or Opportunity for Change.  Click here for the program and registration.

This looks like an outstanding program, with a very impressive line-up.  It includes some of the leading advocates and academics on the civil right to counsel.  Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen will deliver the keynote.

The symposium comes in the wake of ABA President Carolyn Lamm's call last year for a constitutional right to counsel in civil cases involving basic human needs.  We posted on her call here.

SDS

January 20, 2010 in Conferences, Due Process (Substantive), Equal Protection, Fourteenth Amendment, Privileges and Immunities, Procedural Due Process, Reconstruction Era Amendments, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Government Releases Names of Bagram Detainees

The government on Friday released the names of the detainees at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan in response to a FOIA lawsuit by the ACLU.  According to the list, there are 645 detainees at Bagram.  The government redacted information about their citizenship and the date, location, and circumstances of their capture.

The list came out just a week after the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in Al-Maqaleh v. Gates, the case testing whether the privilege of habeas corpus, established for detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Boumediene v. Bush, extends to detainees at Bagram.  We analyzed the lower court decision here.

In related news, the New York Times editorialized yesterday that the D.C. Circuit should rule in favor of the detainees in Al-Maqaleh.  The Times argued that, although Bagram is in an active theater of war (unlike Guantanamo Bay), prisoners there were not captured in a war zone.  And U.S. courts have shown themselves fully capable of dealing with habeas petitions of Guantanamo detainees.

SDS

January 18, 2010 in Executive Authority, News, Recent Cases, Separation of Powers, War Powers | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Law as Sport: SCOTUS Fantasy League

800px-Youth-soccer-indiana It had to happen - - - and in case you haven't heard, it has: SCOTUS Fantasy League.

For those who will bet on anything that moves (or doesn't) and for those who feel envious (and perhaps perplexed) about football/hockey/baseball/cricket fantasy leagues and for those who bemoan Fantasy Congress, and for those who are SCOTUS "nerds," the SCOTUS Fantasy League could prove a potential time-waster, a potential fun endeavor, or even a potential teaching tool.

According to the website,

The Rules are simple. For each case the Supreme Court grants cert, predict:

-The Outcome of the Case (Affirm or Reverse the lower Court)
-The Split (9-0, 8-1, 7-2, 6-3, 5-4, 4-1-4, or fragmented)
- The Justices in the Majority, and the Justices in the Dissent

At the end of the Term, the Associate Justice who predicts the most cases correctly will be confirmed as the Chief Justice of the Fantasy Supreme Court League....

RR

January 17, 2010 in Games | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)