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Prof. Chase Leaves Fed for Obama Campaign

According to news reports UHLC’s own Prof. Anthony Chase has resigned from the Fed Reserve Bank of Dallas in order to become more involved in the Obama campaign. I had the pleasure of taking two courses from Prof. Chase and only hope the campaign doesn’t draw him further afield, unless of course, it’s into the Obama administration.

Asian Law Students Association at the University of Houston Law Center

Asian Law Students Association at the University of Houston Law Center has a great new WordPress-fueled website. This clearly lays down the gauntlet for student org websites. Great job guys.

Felony Vote Selling

With the attention vote swapping got in the last Presidential election, this probably seemed like the next logical step or a brilliant stroke of insight -

A Minnesota college student looking to profit off his political indifference has been charged with a felony for trying to sell his vote on the auction Web site eBay. The student, Max P. Sanders, 19, of Edina, was charged Thursday with one count of bribery, treating and soliciting, a felony under an 1893 Minnesota law that criminalizes the sale and purchase of votes.

In May Mr. Sanders set a minimum bid of $10 for his vote this November and offered to provide photographic documentation inside the booth.

Not so brilliant. Really worth pursuing criminal charges over though? The story provides some insight into how D.A.s mind operate.

The state law was actively enforced during Prohibition, when “people would go into bars and dig out drunks and give them a $20 and try to buy their vote,” said Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County attorney, who said he did not know of any other modern abuses.

“We’re not humorless in the county attorney’s office and we’re not in the horse-and-buggy age,” Mr. Freeman said, “but we decided it’s something we just couldn’t blow off. Sometimes in this business we need to make statements.”

Attending a Fourth of July parade, where he observed a veteran limping along the streets, reinforced his decision, said Mr. Freeman, who is a Vietnam veteran. “A lot of us served in the military trying to protect the right to vote,” he said. “This is serious stuff.”

The charge carries up to five years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Mr. Freeman said an “appropriate” penalty was more likely to entail community service, not jail time.

I’m not one to minimize the importance of ensuring the validity of our electoral system. Luckily for Sanders Freeman seems to have some sense of proportional punishment. Maybe he can raise some funds for a “get out the don’t-sell-your-vote” campaign by auctioning off Sanders’ soon to be acquired community service time.

New York Times: Offer of a Vote for Sale Draws Unwanted Attention

Is Slate Magazine America’s Leading Law Review?

David Schleicher says yes and I tend to agree with him. Here’s his case –

I think it’s safe to say that [Slate] has become America’s leading law review. In the past year, Slate has run stories by Bruce Ackerman, Ahkil Amar, Frank Bowman, Bill Eskridge, David Fontana, Richard Thompson Ford, Bennett Gershman, Jack Goldsmith, Rick Hasen Orin Kerr, Neal Katyal, Marty Lederman, Eric Posner, Jamin Raskin, Jim Ryan and Kenji Yoshino (and I’m sure I missed a few too). And that doesn’t count the extensive writing by Emily Bazelon and Dahlia Lithwick on the Supreme Court and other legal issues, or the Convictions blog, where a large number of law professors (including Jack Balkin, David Baron and Doug Kmiec among many others). In total, Slate has published more articles by legal academics than any law review, and because of the blog, probably more total words (I haven’t counted or anything – I’m just eyeballing) by law professors in the past year than any other publication.

Slate is a daily must-read for me. Convictions for one and my personal favorite, the Supreme Court Breakfast Table. Check it out if you haven’t already.

The comments supply some compelling answers for why this is so, mainly founding editor Michael Kinsley (Harvard Law) and publisher Cliff Sloan (Harvard Law, Stevens clerk).

Good Luck to Those About to Start Law Review Write On Competitions

The Write-On Competition, an annual rite of passage for students seeking membership to academic journals at the University of Houston Law Center, begins this Saturday, July 5th. I wrote on to law review last year and consider the past year worth every agonizing minute of the competition. I’ve already given what scant advice I have to give on the subject in last years posts Law Review Write On and Law Review Write On: For those of you gearing up for the Case Note. I highly recommend Eugene Volokh’s Academic Legal Writing, and if you’d like to borrow my copy, please just e-mail me.

Information on the write on competition is available on the Houston Law Review website. A helpful reference is Prof. Tabor’s annual presentation which is available in powerpoint and video below.

Preparing a Casenote, How Complete Write-On Competition for Law Review/Journals

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