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Friday, February 20, 2004

Reason No. 8,372 Appellate Oral Argument Is The Best Part Of The Legal Process

I'm reproducing this gem verbatim from Howard:

The perils of an advocate's trying to replicate an allegedly hostile work environment from the lectern at the start of an appellate oral argument: Today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a three-judge panel consisting of Circuit Judges Richard D. Cudahy, Richard A. Posner, and Ilana Diamond Rovner heard oral argument [PDF] in the case of Leslie D. McPherson v. City of Waukegan. The attorney for plaintiff-appellant McPherson began his oral argument as follows:

My name is Jed Stone, and I represent the appellant Leslie McPherson.

"What color is your bra? Does it match your panties?"

Immediately thereafter, Judge Rovner interjected:

Are you speaking to Judge Posner?

The courtroom erupted in laughter. You can download the audio of the oral argument via this link (right-click to save MPG audio file to your computer's hard drive before playing audio). Thanks so very much to the reader who emailed to bring this oral argument from earlier today to my attention.

(Note it was the female member of the panel who contributed this wonderful bit of wit.)

Going Up?

At argument this past Wednesday in an appeal we've been handling, Associate Justice Richard Sims of the California Court of Appeal (Third District) said "probably more than any case I've seen in my 20 years" the matter could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. It involves the issue of whether, under the doctrine of sovereign immunity, states can sue Indian tribes to enforce campaign contribution disclosure laws. My colleague Jim Martin argued the case, which you can read more about in this AP report.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Your Life, In Triplicate

My assistant Adriane must be thrilled I'm out on maternity leave. She also supports George Schiavelli, who is going through the federal judicial confirmation process — just a small amount of paperwork involved. She recently told me George has been flooded with resumes of folks seeking clerkships, and it made me wonder: did Bag and Baggage contribute to the deluge?

Monday, February 16, 2004

Dennis Kennedy Wonders

"Is the idea of the 'Blawger Law Firm,' with the innovation that term implies, all that far-fetched?"


Q: What do you get when babies file share?
A: A pee-er to pee-er network.


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