Judiciary

Conservative launches campaign against Iowa Supreme Court judges

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August 9, 2010

The candidate who lost the Republican primary for governor of Iowa to a more moderate former governor has announced that he will continue to campaign, not for himself, but against the three Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry who are on the November ballot for retention on […]

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Slow POTUS + Slow Senate = No change in federal courts

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August 2, 2010

If it seems like the federal judiciary is still stuck in the slow mo land of ultra-conservatism, there's a reason (data from the WSJ and Brookings): Nominations submitted for appeals courts:  22 by Obama 32 by Bush (at same point in time) Nominations submitted for district courts:  63 by Obama 83 by Bush Confirmed by […]

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Iowa judges fear anti-gay attacks in upcoming retention elections

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July 20, 2010

According to this article in the Des Moines Register, judges in Iowa who will have retention votes in November are apprehensive about anti-gay groups targeting them in the campaign. Three of the justices on the Iowa Supreme Court (which unanimously invalidated the exclusion of gay couples from marriage) will be on the ballot, as will the […]

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Judge Walker’s non-secret is out

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February 8, 2010

Many California lawyers have told me of rumors that Judge Vaughn Walker, who is hearing Perry v. Schwarzenegger, is gay, but so discreet that there was no substantiation of it. Now the SF Chronicle has published an article discussing this "biggest open secret" of the case. I had worried that the Prop 8 defenders would […]

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Sotomayor unleashed

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November 12, 2009

The current issue of Latina magazine contains a feature on the personal side of Justice Sotomayor, written by a good friend, Sandra Guzman. The magazine has posted excerpts on its web page, including the following: One evening this past spring, as we prepared dinner for a group of friends, I asked her for some advice. She […]

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Congrats to pathbreaking judges and law school deans

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March 9, 2009

New York Governor David Paterson has named the first openly gay lawyers to serve on the state's intermediate appellate court. Judge Roz Richter, now on the supreme court (what the trial level court is called in New York), will join the bench for the 1st Appellate Department, which includes Manhattan.  Roz has been a trial […]

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