Friday, July 19, 2013

Will the 9th Cir. Conference be missed?

The cover story on today's DJ is "Judges, Attorneys Lament Absence of 9th Circuit Judicial Conference this Year," which begins: "For the first time since 1944, there will be no judicial conference on the docket this summer at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The planned get-together at a Monterey resort hotel fell victim to withering criticism from Senate Republicans who groused about federal judges junketeering on the taxpayers' dime. It didn't help the perception of judges living large that the circuit had gathered at a Maui beach resort in 2012 and 2010." The article notes that the 1st, 2d, 3d and 6th Circuits also have no conferences planned for this year, and asks "Will the 9th Circuit conference be missed?" Well, breaking the fourth wall here, my answer is "YES, YES, YES."
Panel rehearing?

Rehearing en banc?

Today's DJ also features another fascinating historical article by 2/5's Justice Mosk: "The Zelig-like Career of John Hay" -- a review of All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt, by John Taliaferro. Abraham Lincoln viewed Hay as a son, he hobnobbed with Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, and Henry James, and President McKinley appointed him ambassador to England and then secretary of state.