Tuesday, December 5, 2023

SO'C remembrance

Today's DJ has Justice Hoffstadt's What I Learned From SO'C about what he learned from clerking for Sandra Day O'Connor:

As a justice, she gave weight to the human impact of the positions she took. The U.S. Supreme Court may be the highest of all the ivory towers, but Justice O’Connor was always concerned about how the Court’s rulings were likely to play out in the real world and how they were likely to affect the everyday lives of Americans. Some of her critics decried her for taking a case-by-case approach that turned on balancing multitudes of factors rather than taking a more bright-line and ideologically driven approach, but her preferred philosophy injected flexibility into the Court’s holdings that empowered the lower courts to account for how their decisions in individual cases would affect the lives of the litigants before them.
Bloomberg Law has O’Connor Taught Clerks to Think Broadly About the Law, Themselves

Today's DJ also has the monthly column Exceptionally Appealing: Ninth Circuit 2023 Appellate Roundup, discussing half a dozen 9th Circuit rulings from the past year on appellate practice topics.

See Pew's Most of Biden’s appointed judges to date are women, racial or ethnic minorities – a first for any president

BHBA presents CALG's Sharon Baumgold presenting Writs of Mandate: What Every Litigator Should Know, on Dec. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.