Recent decisions

Friday, August 21, 2015

I’m back from hiking in Vermont (which was very Vermont-y), and eschewing the recent big decisions which speak for themselves (e.g., the Maine SJC’s answer to questions from the Governor on the veto process (2015 ME 107), let’s talk about two decisions, one SJC and one First Circuit, that piqued my interest:  First Tracks Investments, LLC v. Murray, Plumb & Murray, 2015 ME 104; and Clukey v. Town of Camden, No. 14-1264.

The busy SJC

Friday, July 24, 2015

Well, I may have been living in Vacationland the last few weeks entertaining visitors, but our SJC hasn’t been slacking off over the summer.


Friday, July 10, 2015

The Maine SJC’s current attitude towards amici briefs seems to be that you can be seen, but not heard, although given the lack of transparency as to the criteria it applies on this issue, it is difficult to make generalizations – which is part of the problem.

Follow up

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A few recent developments follow up on previous discussions about judges and cross-appeals, so let’s do a round up.

Separation of powers

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The Governor’s petition for certiorari in Mayhew v. Burwell, 14-992 was denied Monday. (Supreme Court Orders by Circuit List; Bloomberg article - Maine Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court on Obamacare Requirement)

AAAL conference April 2015, Part #3

Friday, June 05, 2015

To finish up on my summary of the AAAL conference in Santa Fe, there were various panels of judges answering questions from the lawyers, which can be the most useful part of these conferences.  Here are some of the Q & As.

Woman on a Wall

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Before finishing about my AAAL conference, I must take note of an important event this week:  Judge Sandra Lynch of the First Circuit is having her portrait hanging ceremony this week.


AAAL conference April 2015, Part #2 – tech stuff

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.

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