Corpus Juris Vol. VIII

From First Thoughts

After a brief respite, I am back with the latest round up of the blawgosphere’s must-read posts and articles: From the “elections have consequences” file, Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring from the Supreme Court of the United States . And while Stevens’s successor . . . . Continue Reading »

Good Friday

From First Thoughts

Today is a good day to reflect on these words of wisdom from our founder and friend, the late (and great) Fr. Richard John Neuhaus: Good Friday is not just one day of the year. It is a day relived in every day of the world, and of our lives in the world. In the Christian view of things, all reality . . . . Continue Reading »

Notre Dame Right to Life Conference

From First Thoughts

For those of you who live within driving distance of South Bend, Indiana (or are willing to fly to the promised land), the 5th Annual Notre Dame Right to Life Conference will be held during Easter Week, April 9th and April 10th, with Francis Cardinal George serving as the keynote speaker. Other . . . . Continue Reading »

Corpus Juris Vol. VII

From First Thoughts

Well, it’s good to be back. I apologize for my lack of blogging this past month, but the law really is a jealous mistress. With that said, there’s a lot of jurisprudential ground to cover, so let’s get to it. First and foremost, and contrary to the rumors on the . . . . Continue Reading »

Corpus Juris Vol. VI

From First Thoughts

Well, suffice it to say, it’s been an exciting week or so for law nerds. Here is the latest round up of the best o’ the blawgosphere: The Citizens United case generated a slew of interesting, must-read commentary. Here’s a taste of it: Jan Crawford’s ” Supreme Court . . . . Continue Reading »

A First Amendment Victory

From First Thoughts

In a monumental 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States held today, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission , that, inter alia ,  corporate speech regarding political candidates is protected by the First Amendment . On the other hand, the Court did uphold . . . . Continue Reading »

Corpus Juris Vol. V

From First Thoughts

O.k., my fellow law geeks, here is this week’s round up of the blawgosphere’s most interesting posts/articles: Is the Health Insurance Mandate constitutional? Professor Randy Barnett answers this question in the negative , and Professor Jack Balkin answers it in the affirmative . . . . . Continue Reading »

Corpus Juris Vol. IV

From First Thoughts

The Supreme Court blocks the Prop. 8 trial from being aired , and Professor Orin Kerr offers some interesting thoughts on the decision here . Professor Matthew J. Franck on the health care reform bill and conservative “judicial activism.” The Supremes may know the law, but the NFL? . . . . Continue Reading »

Honoring Father Neuhaus

From First Thoughts

Today marks the one year anniversary of Father Richard J. Neuhaus’s death. At the time of his passing, words failed me . And even now, I still find it difficult to adequately express just how deeply Father Neuhaus impacted my life. My spiritual journey with Father Neuhaus began in . . . . Continue Reading »

Corpus Juris Vol. III

From First Thoughts

O.k., sportsfans, here is this week’s round up for the blawgosphere: The Ninth Circuit issued a controversial ruling this week holding that prisoners in the State of Washington have the right to vote . Roger Clegg offers his thoughts on the decision here . Chief Justice Roberts, fiscal . . . . Continue Reading »