Monthly Archives: May 2011

Minister Cannot Intervene to Defend Parsonage Tax Exemption

Michael Stephan The Ninth Circuit answered an important tax law question involving the Establishment Clause and civil procedure this week in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Rodgers.  In short, the appellate court considered whether an individual who claims federal tax exemptions may intervene as of right in an action challenging the constitutionality of those exemptions.  Besides…

A Law Professor Who Stays on Message

Zach Luck Elizabeth Warren, on the Daily Show a few weeks ago, managed to successfully articulate a clear vision of how government and the market can and should work together.  This success holds particular value when other Democrats appear to be giving in to Republican rhetoric on the relationship between government and the economy.  President Obama, in his…

Adolf Eichmann and Osama bin Laden

Marshall Thompson When President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, one of the most surprising things to me was that U.S. military forces had entered into Pakistan without permission. It probably shouldn’t have surprised me, since Obama stated early on in the 2008 elections that, if needed, he would do precisely that. “If we have…

Getting Alternative

Yevgeny Shrago While America was understandably caught up in the news about Osama bin Laden this week, two of America’s closest allies held elections. Canadians went to the polls for the fourth time in seven years to select a new Parliament, and Britons voted on a new method for choosing theirs. The outcome in both…

It isn’t 1986 anymore…It’s time to CUT THIS!

Jessica Jackson Although I’ve been active in the Democratic party since the tender age of ten, when I stood outside of the Mill Valley Safeway handing out Clinton flyers,  I’d never been to a Democratic Convention until last weekend.  As an alternate delegate, I went to the convention primarily to assist with a campaign called…

The Ivory Bubble

Anthony Kammer  I should be clear: I am delighted to be graduating with my degree. But in commemoration of my final week of law school, I’d like to use this opportunity to consider the macroeconomic implications of the increasingly hard-to-deny bubble in American higher education. Pointing out this bubble’s existence has become a kindof de rigeur exercise among online commenters. The basic point is…

Judge Walker’s Sexual Orientation

 Marshall Thompson  It appears that Charles Cooper, lead counsel for the Prop 8 defendants, is getting desperate.  Last week, he filed a motion to vacate the judgment of the federal district court that ruled against him because the judge was gay. Judge Vaughn Walker announced earlier in April, after retiring from the bench, that he was in a ten-year…

HLPR Blog Roundup: Wikileaks

HLPR Online editorial stuff It’s been (kinda) all Wikileaks of late on the HLPR Blog.  Our bloggers have each covered the topic from varying angles, but all with interesting and relevant pieces. Check them out!

Obama, KSM, and Justice

Anthony Kammer I am proud of our men and women in the military for successfully carrying out the operation that finally killed Osama bin Laden. In his speech, President Obama told the families of the 9/11 victims that “justice has been done,” and indeed it has. It was also inspiring to see the outpouring of…

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