Thursday, April 28, 2016
There has been much publicity about the clubbiness of the US
Supreme Court, including how, if you want your cert petition granted, you’d
better have the signature of one of the handful of folks they like to hear
argue on the petition. These are the Lucky Few who (1) went to Harvard or
Yale; (2) clerked for a Supreme Court Justice; and (3) then typically went to
the Solicitor General’s office for a few years before hitting the Supreme Court
boutiques. See http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/scotus/
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
So we had a little hiatus from blogging because I was teaching a class at the U. of Maine Law School. That teaching exercise was, using technical lingo, a Giant Time Suck. My hats off to anyone and everyone in education who do this year after year. Phew!
Monday, March 14, 2016
been a while since we’ve discussed what’s been happening at the First Circuit
vis-à-vis- Maine, so here’s an update. Nothing too spectacular on the
Maine front decision-wise, but the Court is offering a free seminar, with one
session in April in Boston, and one in May in Portland, on criminal appellate
practice in the First Circuit. They do something like this every five
years or so. I went to the last one and it was very good. While
most of the schedule is focused on issues of only criminal appellate interest,
the beginning of the day has Judge Kayatta speaking, followed by another
speaker on issues of generic appellate interest. It’s free and you get
CLE (although not ethics, which seems odd, since David Beneman is talking about
that for a half-hour).
Friday, February 19, 2016
This week the Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to recommend the reappoint of the Honorable Leigh Ingalls Saufley to a third term on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. She was first nominated to the SJC in 1997 by Gov. Angus King, an Independent. She was confirmed as Chief Justice in 2001 (the first female CJ), and reappointed in 2009 by Governor Baldacci, a Democrat. She has now been nominated for reappointment by Governor Le Page, a Republican.
If only it were this easy with the Supreme Court in Washington.
Friday, February 12, 2016
On Tuesday, the Maine SJC issued another decision on the issue of finality before filing an 80B appeal. Bryant v. Town of Camden, 2016 ME 27
. Whether the decision achieves the Court’s objectives providing clarity and speeding up administrative appeals remains to be seen.