I am now back from the First Circuit Judicial Conference, held every other year, and this time in Maine. The juxtaposition of the content of this conference with the AAAL conference I blogged on last time presents an interesting perspective.
First, here is a very quick rundown of the events:
- Chief Judge Howard noted that ex-Pierce Atwood-ite Judge Kayatta was the primary programmer, and as always, Judge Kayatta did a masterful job. After a pretty harrowing report on the status of things in Puerto Rico, the first speaker was Erwin Chemerinsky, who attended my old alma mater, Northwestern, as an undergrad and who is now Dean of Berkeley School of Law. Every year, he prepares a very nice summary of the past year’s doings in the Supreme Court. The 2016 term was a little different, given that there were only eight justices, but he still managed to glean interesting developments. I appreciate his summaries greatly because they are not only concise, but clear