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Green Bag, An Entertaining Journal of Law

Few surprises are as pleasant as pulling a new issue of the Green Bag from my mailbox. See articles from the new issue below: Read the rest of this entry »

Pinkerton and Teles on the Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement

Steven Teles at Johns Hopkins recently published The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law. He talks with James Pinkerton about the subject of his work on Blogging Heads TV.

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Must Read Literature: Posner, How Judges Think

Last night I got my copy of Judge Richard Posner‘s How Judges Think which was released well… today (damn Amazon’s fast).

I only allowed myself time enough for the first chapter before study-guilt caught up with me, but I’m getting excited about this one –

Judicial preconceptions are best understood, we shall see, with the aid of Bayesian decision theory. Not hat this is how judges themselves would describe their thought processes. And ‘Bayes’s theorem’ is not the only term I shall be using that is likely to alarm some readers of a book about judges. Nor are “occasional legislators” and “dissent aversion” the only others. readers will have to brace themselves for “reversal aversion,” ideology drift,” “tolerable windows,” “utility function,” “Sartrean bad faith,” “option value,” “risk aversion,” “zone of reasonableness,” “monopsony,” “cosmopolitanism,” “authoritarian personality,” “alienation,” “agency costs,” “rule pragmatist,” and “constrained pragmatist.” I do not apologize for these terms or, more generally, for discussing judicial thinking in a vocabulary alien to most judges and lawyers. Judicial behavior cannot be understood in the vocabulary that judges themselves use, sometimes mischievously.

Oh this is going to be a good one.

Gault @ 40 Symposium at the University of Houston Law Center

We’re hosting an upcoming symposium at the Center for Children, Law & Policy on In re Gault a landmark 1967 Supreme Court Case finding a right to counsel for juveniles accused of crimes.

The case involved a 15-year-old boy, Gerald Francis Gault. After a trial in juvenile court, Gerald was placed in a “training school” for juvenile delinquents because of his alleged involvement with a prank call. As a juvenile Gault was denied many rights guaranteed to adults who are on trial for committing a crime – the right to notice of the charges, the right to confront witnesses, the privilege against self incrimination and the right to counsel. It was in this case that the United States Supreme Court recognized the similarities between juvenile trials and criminal proceedings and afforded children due process protections in juvenile court. 2007 is the 40th anniversary of this landmark decision and in honor of Gault, the Center for Children, Law & Policy (CCLP) of the University of Houston Law Center is hosting a special event.

There will be a free round-table discussion on Nov. 2nd at the University of Houston Law Center from 9am to noon. There will be 3.0 hours of CLE credit (including 1.0 hour of ethics) Click here for more information and to register.

The event will feature talks by Michael Lindsay, J.D., Ph.D., Fellow, Center for Children, Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center and founder of Nestor Consultants, Ellen Marrus, J.D., George Butler Research Professor of Law at University of Houston Law Center and co-director of the Center for Children, Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center, Steven Mintz, Ph.D., John and Rebecca Moores Professor of History at the University of Houston, Wallace Mlyniec, J.D., Lupo-Ricci Professor of Clinical Legal Studies at Georgetown University Law Center and Irene Merker Rosenberg, L.L.B., Royce R. Till Professor of Law at University of Houston Law Center.

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