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James E. Rogers College of Law

Friday, November 10, 2017

Appellate Advocacy Blog Weekly Roundup November 10, 2017

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Each week, the Appellate Advocacy Blog Weekly Roundup presents a few tidbits of news and Twitter posts from the past week concerning appellate advocacy. As always, if you see something during the week that you think we should be sure to include, feel free to send Dan a quick email at or a message on Twitter (@Daniel_L_Real).


Supreme Court Opinions and News:

On Monday, November 6, 2017, in a unanimous opinion, the United States Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of a man who cannot remember  his crime. The New York Times has this article


On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a unanimous opinion in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. The oral argument in Hamer can be heard HERE. The Associate Press reports that Justice Ginsburg has dubbed herself "Rapid Ruth" for her opinion writing speed. 


Is a wedding cake protected speech under the First Amendment? While the Supreme Court will hear arguments on that question in December, prominent First Amendment lawyers are split on the issue. The New York Times has this report


Practice Tips:

In this video, U.S. Circuit Court Judge Alex Kozinski has this advice on using quotes in legal writing. 


General Interest:

Former President Barack Obama caused quite a stir at the Daley Center Courthouse this week as he reported for jury duty. The ABA Journal reports that he was not selected as a juror. 


This week, the St. John's School of Law announced that it will begin accepting the GRE in lieu of the LSAT. Above the Law has this report

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