Wednesday, May 20, 2015
So here is the download on the tech sessions at last month’s conference of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in Santa Fe.
Monday, May 04, 2015
as previewed, let’s summarize highlights from the April conference of the
American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in Santa Fe.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
I have just returned from the latest conference of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and will provide a full report anon. Info includes technology use, ethical issues for appellate practitioners, and lots of other tips.
But first, ex-PA member, now First Circuit Judge Kayatta has struck again...
Monday, March 30, 2015
Continuing my summary of the presentations in the conference last week, we had another twinning of speeches, this time on the balance between security and civil liberty interests. First up on that subject was Robert Mueller, ex-head of the FBI. I unfortunately had to miss that one. The next speaker was Justice Breyer, who provided a succinct and very digestible summary of the big Supreme Court decisions in this area, from Lincoln's suspension of the writ of habeas corpus...
Monday, March 23, 2015
Last week I attended the First Circuit Judicial Conference, held in Boston this time around. These conferences are authorized by a statute enacted in 1911 and revised in 1948. The idea is for the bench and bar to get together and talk about concerns, ideas etc. The last one of these was held in in the First Circuit in 2010. There was a line up of heavy hitting speakers, like Justice Breyer, as well as attendees (e.g, Justice Souter). So here begins a full report...
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Let's talk about a recent decision that seems simple enough on the surface but appears to raise some thorny procedural questions. Day v. Phippsburg, 2015 ME 13.
The holding in this decision is straightforward enough - you can't unmerge previously grandfathered nonconforming lots once merged. We all are supposed to be getting rid of nonconformance, so if an ordinance is ambiguous, you adopt the interpretation against intensifying or perpetuating the nonconformance...