Legal Writing: Font Matters

Jan 22, 2014 By: Jason Steed

Although you may not give much thought to the font that you use in your legal writings, it can matter quite a bit more than you’d think.

Texas Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Divorce Cases

Nov 4, 2013 By: Jason Steed

As everyone knows, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two cases involving same-sex marriage issues in June. U.S. v. Windsor held that the federal ban

Reviewing for plain error on appeal

Aug 21, 2013 By: Jason Steed

With all the hubbub over same-sex marriage, voting rights, and affirmative action, there were some important decisions from the Supreme Court’s 2012

Is Windsor a Trojan Horse?

Apr 4, 2013 By: Jason Steed

The Supreme Court’s conservative justices may be using U.S. v. Windsor (the DOMA case) as a vehicle for pushing federalism. But as I see it, federalism isn’t the object of the Trojan horse; it’s part of the horse.

Same-sex marriage is not new

Mar 27, 2013 By: Jason Steed

Contrary to what several justices claimed during yesterday’s oral argument, same-sex marriage is not new — it is centuries old

On Pressing Appellate Courts to Decide Cases More Quickly

Mar 12, 2013 By: Jason Steed

The Texas legislature is currently considering a bill that would force appellate courts to make a decision within one year or face an automatic affirmance, a requirement with some negative unintended consequences.

On Judges and Umpires

Feb 14, 2013 By: Jason Steed

Chief Justice Roberts said in 2005 that judges are like umpires, only to call balls and strikes. Ten years earlier, however, Judge Richard Posner said the opposite.

More Hijinks from State Legislators

Feb 8, 2013 By: Jason Steed

Virginia Republicans have passed a bill to “study the feasibility of a metallic-based monetary unit”— meaning Virginia wants to consider creating its own currency based on a gold standard, because its lawmakers are fed up with the Fed and its “fiat” money.

Just one problem. Article I, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution states explicitly that “No state shall … coin money; emit bills of credit; [or] make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts.” A “bill of credit” is generally understood to refer to paper issued and intended to circulate for ordinary use as redeemable money.

The Right to Enter and Abide…and Vote

Feb 7, 2013 By: Jason Steed

Indiana Republican state lawmakers are trying to block college students who pay out-of-state tuition from voting. The 1970 Supreme Court decision Dunn v. Blumstein makes this unconstitutional.

Obamacare faces new challenges in legislatures and courts

Jan 25, 2013 By: Jason Steed

Even though the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare last year, the law is facing new challenges in courts and legislatures across the country.

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