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Morning Docket: 02.29.16
* It looks like SCOTUSblog's Tom Goldstein was onto something, because Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson is reportedly being vetted to fill Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court. The D.D.C. judge once clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer, and may wind up working alongside him on the high court as an associate justice (which could be a first). [National Law Journal] * Justice Scalia's death quickly affected some SCOTUS litigants: Dow Chemical settled an antitrust class-action suit for $835M because "[g]rowing political uncertainties ... and increased likelihood for unfavorable outcomes for business involved in class-action suits have changed Dow's risk assessment of the situation." [Big Law Business / Bloomberg] * Abortion returns to the SCOTUS this week, and litigants are wondering which version of Justice Kennedy they'll receive when a decision is made. If Gonzales v. Carhart Kennedy makes an appearance, states across the South in the Fifth Circuit could kiss abortion goodbye. Here's hoping for Planned Parenthood v. Casey Kennedy. [MSNBC] * Student activists from Harvard Law and Brandeis University protested an awards ceremony where Dean Martha Minow was honored for "making a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations." The protestors felt the award's timing was ironic considering the ongoing racial divisiveness at the law school. [Harvard Crimson] * Career alternatives for disbarred attorneys who "knowingly misappropriated client funds": chief compliance officer of one of the largest banks in the world by market capitalization? Ritu Singh is lucky compliance is so hot right now, because accusations of past financial crimes apparently aren't dealbreakers in terms of hiring. [New York Post]
Why This Judge May Be One Of The Only Supreme Court Nominees Worth Considering
This judge is so above partisan reproach that it would be, frankly, embarrassing for the Senate Republicans to stand in the way of holding a confirmation hearing.
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