Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Unorthodox cert petition draws SCOTUS sanctions? E-signature opinion vanishes in a day?

The NLJ has an interesting article about a lawyer who "Faces Possible High-Court Discipline Over Cert Petition" after SCOTUS issued an unusual OSC order (the last entry here). (See Law360 article here.)
No documents on file with the court shed any light on the reasons for the court order.
The petition, posted online Monday night by blogger Josh Blackman, is unorthodox in style, replete with technical jargon, acronyms and unusual typography.
And speaking of mysterious orders and cases worth following, the MetNews has this piece about this docket and this very interesting (now-unpub'd) opinion:
C.A. Quickly Pulls Publication Order on Opinion
Decision, Which Finds Particular Accord Not Binding, Delineates Rules for ‘Electronic Signatures’; Is Certified for Publication in the Morning, Then Ordered Not to Be Published in Late Afternoon

Finally, today's DJ profiles LASC Judge Armen Tamzarian, formerly a 2/3 research attorney. Assigned now to a family law court -- an area in which he admits he had no background -- practitioners say he's dug in, gotten up to speed, and become a "great addition" to the family law bench. "Here people literally weep in front of me all the time. It's very emotional ..." he says. Yeah, that sounds a bit different from life at the Court of Appeal...

Today's DJ also features A New Wrinkle in Appeal Analysis, by Jim Martin, Paula Mitchell and Anne Grignon at Reed Smith, about federal interlocutory collateral order appeals.