Author Archives: Patrick Gregory

Federal Judge Richard Posner poses in his chambers in Chicago July 2, 2012. The U.S. judge who tossed out one of the biggest court cases in Apple Inc's smartphone technology battle thinks policymakers should examine whether patents should cover software at all. (Photo by John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images)

Mozart of Legal Writing: Clerks Reflect on Posner’s Career

Mozart of Legal Writing: Clerks Reflect on Posner’s Career

By Patrick L. Gregory, Bloomberg BNA The most enduring part of Judge Richard A. Posner’s legacy could be his writing style, his former clerks say. Posner retired abruptly Sept. 2 from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, where he served for more than 35 years after President Ronald Reagan nominated him in

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Trump Attacks on 9th Circuit Spark Debate at Breakup Hearing

By Patrick L. Gregory, Bloomberg BNA President Donald Trump’s recent criticism of the Ninth Circuit featured at a congressional hearing on whether it should be divided today. His comments cast a new light on an issue Congress has considered for decades: whether the circuit is too large to function properly. The Ninth Circuit functions better

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Judge Walton Journeyed From Football to FISA Court

Judge Reggie Walton was appointed to judgeships by three presidents, and football helped him get there, the judge told Bloomberg BNA. “I probably would not have gone to college” but for a football scholarship because “I didn’t come from a family with a lot of resources,” the senior judge for the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia said.

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LGBT Rights Champion Olson Supports Jeff Sessions

Former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson endorsed Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for the position of attorney general, in a letter released today by Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) office. Olson, who is a self-described LGBT rights advocate — says he has “no reservations” about Sessions’s ability “to protect the civil rights of these and all of

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Trump SCOTUS Short-Lister Tom Lee: Five Things to Know

Utah Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Thomas Rex Lee might be an ideal choice for the vacant spot on the U.S. Supreme Court for those wanting a justice like the late Antonin Scalia. Trump has said he’ll choose someone from his short list of 21 potential high court nominees, which includes Lee, to replace Scalia,

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Trump SCOTUS Shortlister Joan Larsen Is Fast-Rising Star

By Patrick Gregory, Bloomberg BNA Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen might soon be asked to replace her mentor — Justice Antonin Scalia. Larsen had been on the bench for less than a year before making President-elect Donald Trump’s shortlist of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees. But the former Scalia clerk has spent her career

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Trump’s SCOTUS Shortlister Kethledge Doesn’t Mince Words

By Patrick Gregory, Bloomberg BNA President-elect Donald Trump and Sixth Circuit Judge Raymond M. Kethledge have something in common — blunt opinions. At his 2008 confirmation hearing, senators questioned Kethledge’s lack of judicial experience, but now he’s on Trump’s list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees. The president-elect has said he will choose someone from

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9,000 Attorneys Oppose Bannon in Letter to Congress

Nearly 9,000 attorneys-and-counting have signed a letter opposing Stephen Bannon’s appointment as White House chief strategist to President-Elect Donald Trump, Nancy Leong, associate professor at University of Denver law school, who co-authored letter, told Bloomberg BNA today. “Mr. Bannon has demonstrated his opposition to the stable, democratic form of government that our profession embraces and

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Five Things to Know About SCOTUS Shortlister Willett

President-elect Donald Trump’s first nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court could be a champion of “economic liberty”— Texas Supreme Court Justice Don R. Willett. Willett, a “Tweeter Laureate” praised by conservatives and libertarians, is on Trump’s list of potential nominees. Trump has said he will choose someone from that list to replace Justice Antonin Scalia,

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All Eyes on Trump SCOTUS List, Twitter Star Willett

By Patrick Gregory, Bloomberg BNA Court-watchers have a lot to say about President-elect Donald J. Trump’s list of possible U.S. Supreme Court nominees now that he’s won the election. One of the most intriguing candidates on the list includes avid Twitter user and Texas Supreme Court Justice Don R. Willett, court-watchers told Bloomberg BNA. Oddly, Trump’s