Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Out 'til June

There will be no new posting here until I get back from wherever all I need to be between now and June 3.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Who has standing to contest economic development giveaways?

In an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, today in DaimlerChrysler Corp. v. Cuno, the Supreme Court held that the plaintiff taxpayer lacked standing to raise a challenge based on the Commerce Clause to tax breaks given to the defendant corporation by state and local government.

On Virginia government

I liked the line in this story from the Norfolk paper about the office space for the General Assembly, which says:

"The Trane Company has asked that the central chilling unit be donated to the corporation's museum when the state buys new equipment."

Sunday, May 14, 2006

On the bar exam and Chief Justice Hassell

I saw the Chief Justice at a dinner in Grundy on Friday night, and one interesting thing he said was that he receives a copy of the Virginia law questions on the bar exam twice a year and looks through to see if he knows the answers.

And, he said he thinks he would pass, since most of the questions are about rules or opinions that came from his Court, and many of them are repetitive of the questions from prior years.

Virginia Tech and Richmond Law to have joint degree program

The Roanoke paper has this commentary on the new affiliation between Virginia Tech's College of Science and the University of Richmond law school.

It says in part:

"Before the joint program was announced, the College of Science seemed to have as much in common with the T.C. Williams School of Law as nanotubes have with legal pads. But the union makes sense for law students with an inclination toward the sciences."

I listened to what amounts to a chemistry lecture myself, earlier in the week. It makes sense to me, to have lawyers (and judges) with science degrees.

The Roger Keith Coleman story in the Washington Post

I finally got around to reading the story in the Washington Post by Glenn Frankel as a postscript on the Roger Keith Coleman case.

The article quotes Tom Scott, John Tucker, and Trey Smith, among others. I saw Tom and Mickey McGlothlin on Friday night.

Why is that brown car driving so slowly between Abingdon and Bristol

In this article, takes on how to increase your gas mileage.

And the answer seems to be, drive like my dad. Or like I do on mornings with no appointments, puttering down the interstate with the cruise control set on 60 mph, thinking about work, probably on the cell phone telling people about my latest brainwaves.

More links on Fourth Circuit vacancies

Howard Bashman links here and here to an article in the Richmond paper and an editorial in the Washington Times, both pointing out how the White House need to get a move on with respect to vacancies on the Fourth Circuit.

Second judge from among the alumni of Regent Law

This press release indicates that a second graduate from the Regent University law school has been made a state court judge in Virginia.

Who will be the first graduate of the Appalachian School of Law to be made a judge? I wonder.

Who wouldn't want to be an appeals court judge?

With the talk lately about Judge Luttig's departure from the Fourth Circuit, the anonymous author of HOWT has this post saying that being an appellate judge is a pretty good deal, despite the "low" pay.

He (or maybe she) says in part:

"First, I really enjoy the intellectual stimulation of wrestling with the finer points of the law. Second, I enjoy writing and I find a lot of satisfaction in crafting an opinion that resolves the legal issues between the parties and provides future guidance to the bench and bar. Finally, there are some great quality of life benefits in that you don't have to worry about clients or billable hours and because the job is 90% reading and 10% writing, you can do it anywhere and anytime. This means that the hours are pretty flexible and as long as you have the discipline to keep up with the work flow, I can go to my kids' sporting events, parent-teacher conferences and all those other things I missed before I went on the bench."