Tag Archive: supreme court

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Evenwel v. Abbott: One Person, One Vote

On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down a voting rights decision that was surprising for its unanimity from a Court that has been bitterly divided on voting rights recently. At issue in Evenwel v. Abbott was whether states were constitutionally required to ignore those not eligible to vote when apportioning state legislative districts.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.4.16

A. Those who do better on the LSAT are more likely to pass the bar exam. Kinda makes you want to take Blueprint, doesn’t it? US News & World Report

B. Wondering what this Panama Papers business is all about? Yeah, we thought it was about gettin’ irie too when we first heard about it. Turns out it’s totally different than that. BBC

C. A mad-as-hell-and-not-gonna-take-it-anymore construction worker flew a Mexican flag over Trump Tower in Canada. Viva la… Canada? Time

D. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the one-person-one-vote principle. Huffington Post

E. Blackout tattoos — exactly what it sounds like — are now all the rage in Singapore. Whaddaya think? Would you get one? Date someone who had one? Bored Panda

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Logical Reasonings / 3.23.16

A. Here are the most expensive law schools in America. Good thing you can just borrow a bunch of money and not worry about it, right? RIGHT??? Forbes

B. It looks like we might be in for the first 4-4 Supreme Court split in a case of top-tier importance since the death of Antonin Scalia. Reuters

C. Donald Trump threatens Ted Cruz’s wife because, hey, he forgot to threaten her for like months now, and that’s not fair. The Daily Beast

D. Here’s a list of dogs that hold Guinness World Records. And there’s adorable pics too! Huffington Post

E. And here’s the world’s tightest parking job. The only downside is that it’s permanent. Metro

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Who is Merrick Garland? 3 Things You Should Know About Obama’s Longshot Supreme Court Nominee

In the never-ending, poorly acted Kabuki theater that is national politics these days, we’ve seen senator after senator — Republican and Democrat alike — chew the scenery over a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Democrats — President Obama included — make the point that the Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen when a Supreme Court Justice dies.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.9.16

A. Marco Rubio has staked his hopes on the people of his home state of Florida. Polls indicate the feeling is not even close to mutual. Fox News

B. JJ Abrams admits he made a mistake in The Force Awakens. No, it’s not that it was a total rip off of the first Star Wars. ABC News

C. There’s a thing called “Rage Yoga,” which involves contorting oneself, screaming, swearing, and drinking beer. Here at Blueprint, we call that Tuesday. Oddity Central

D. Good news. We found the worst tattoo-job ever, and it provides the basis for the worst mugshot ever. KHOU

E. Here’s a rundown of the men and women Pres. Obama is considering to nominate to the Supreme Court. New York Magazine

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Thomas speaks!

My boy Clarence Thomas has been a little cray-cray during the last ten years. He just stopped talking, kind of like Tommy. Many believe he became the puppet of former-Justice Antonin Scalia. (By the way, potential conspiracy alert). But this has all changed. We are now pouring one out for Scalia, and Thomas is back. And he is inspiring everyone to buy guns.

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Logical Reasonings / 1.7.16

A. Google’s Ukrainian-to-Russian translator apparently translated the term “Russian Federation” to “Mordor.” If you are a Tolkien fan and Putin detractor, you will quickly realize that this was no accident. PC Mag
B. Nutty guy files nutty lawsuit against former UFC champ Ronda Rousey, complete with complaint that’s handwritten on college-rule, three-ring binder paper and allegations that Rousey is actually a man and intends to “judo kick [his] head into submission to shut [his] mouth.” Maxim
C. Uber and Lyft are successful ride-hailing apps. Is there a workable lawyer-hailing app on the horizon? Should there be? Huffington Post
D. Here’s a cool photo essay about working in The West Wing. Not the old show; the real thing. Politico
E. Finally, Erwin Chemerinsky – dean of UCI law school and renowned Constitutional scholar – recaps the 2015 hits and misses at the Supreme Court of the United States. ABA Journal

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Logical Reasonings / 12.3.15

A. From Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UCI Law and all around Constitutional law rockstar, here’s the lowdown on two important Supreme Court cases which will be the subject of oral argument next week. ABA Journal
B. The fifty best songs of 2015, yo. Rolling Stone
C. Senate Democrats try – and fail – to pass stricter gun control measures in the wake of the San Bernadino massacre. Huffington Post
D. Does your phone dance? Yeah, didn’t think so. Your phone sucks. Mashable
E. Doughnut holes? Yes. Bagel balls? Um, not so sure about that. Buzzfeed

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Immigration Law and You

Continuing our weekly series on lesser-known areas of the law, I’ll be dedicating this post to immigration law. I’ve been peripherally familiar with immigration law for quite some time. When I was in high school, I participated in team policy debate (yes, I was a nerd even back then). Not to brag or anything, but I’m a national champion (in a homeschool debate league, see above regarding nerdiness), and the topic during my winning year was reforming our immigration policy.

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Logical Reasonings / 11.16.15

A. UPenn wants its students to be Space Camp counselors because that’s, like, relevant. Above the Law
B. Mississippi College School of Law freezes tuition. Yay! preLaw
C. Firefighter gets successful face transplant. Mic.com
D. Here’s some cute animals purportedly approximating human reactions to human events. Buzzfeed
E. The Supreme Court is hearing its first abortion case in 9 years. Mother Jones