Before he became U.S. Attorney General and long before he became a controversial champion of the rule of law, Ramsey Clark was a lawyer for his family’s Texas-based firm. Clark died last week at age 93, and The Lawbook’s Tony Mauro looks at those Texas roots.
Kyle Hawkins, who argued four cases to the U.S. Supreme Court as Texas solicitor general, started a new job today as a partner in Texas for Gibson Dunn. A former clerk to Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Hawkins plans to boost the firm’s litigation and appellate presence in Houston.
An unusual concurrence issued by U.S. Circuit Judge Don Willett on March 9 has thrust the federal Fifth Circuit back into the controversy over granting immunity to law enforcement officials at both the state and federal levels – an issue heading back to the U.S. Supreme Court. Willett wrote, “A written constitution is mere meringue when rights can be violated with nonchalance.”
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider whether it will weigh in on issues raised by the long-running $100 million property dispute between factions of the Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. Tony Mauro of The Lawbook is watching the case.
Invoking the seldom-cited Eleventh Amendment, the U.S. Third Circuit ruled that a law allowing the use of federal powers of eminent domain could not be used against property owned by state governments. The ruling will likely disrupt a number of natural gas pipeline projects aimed at bolstering the nation’s energy infrastructure. Tony Mauro explains the stakes.
He’s been blocked from Ken Paxton’s Twitter feed and gained a “9” from Roomrater for the memorabilia-laden background he displays for his Zoom interviews on CNN. But UT Professor Stephen Vladeck is gaining notice, both as a scholar and as a high-profile commentator on the rule and the role of law. The Lawbook’s Tony Mauro has a profile.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Jan. 19 in a climate change case involving BP that has drawn strong interest from the oil and gas industry in its ongoing efforts to keep climate litigation in federal courts, rather than state and local courts. The cases claim that cities should be compensated because emissions caused major damages.
Judge Jim Ho is the first Asian American and only immigrant on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a child, he learned English from Sesame Street and as a judge he has received threatening racist letters. He’s a hardcore conservative who has joined liberals on the appellate court multiple times, including a recent decision that has energy executives outraged. His wife, Allyson Ho has argued multiple cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, played the harp for the justices when she clerked for Justice O’Connor and helped Justice Amy Barrett through the confirmation process. Despite young twins at home and a hurricane that destroyed their house, Theodore Boutrous Jr. says they are “the ultimate legal power couple” getting things done.
For the second time in less than a week, Texas has lost an “original jurisdiction” case before the U.S. Supreme Court, giving new gravitas to the nickname Lone Star State. Tony Mauro has the details.
Oral arguments over the Texas-led challenge to the Affordable Care Act appeared to be an uphill battle for Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins Tuesday. Questions about the Texas arguments, even from the conservative end of the bench, appeared to be “bludgeoning him,” in the words of one observer. Texas Lawbook Supreme Court reporter Tony Mauro explains.