Former Texas solicitor general Kyle Hawkins is joining the litigation boutique Lehotsky Keller as head of its Texas appellate practice group. As Texas SG Hawkins argued four times before the U.S. Supreme Court. Hawkins had been with Gibson Dunn since he left as solicitor general last year.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal justices on Monday criticized their colleagues and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for the handling of the long-running death-penalty case.
The Supreme Court also denied certiorari Monday in two mandatory bar cases – one from Michigan and the other from Oklahoma. The actions may slow the momentum of nationwide “bar wars,” but other challenges could be likely.
At issue is a decades-long dispute over the meaning of a clause in the FAA. Lawyers for the Dallas-based airline go before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to assert that its baggage loaders and supervisors can be required to undergo arbitration when they file employment complaints.
The fact that a petition seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of a challenge to the mandatory Texas bar-association dues has been lumped together with similar disputes from Michigan and Oklahoma suggests the high court may have decided to tackle, once and for all, the extent to which state associations can compel lawyers to pay dues that may finance activities with which they disagree.
Texas tribes will argue Tuesday that the Fifth Circuit was wrong to allow state regulation of games like Bingo on reservations that are not otherwise banned by Texas law.
Judge James Ho said he was scheduled to talk about originalism on Tuesday at Georgetown University, but instead decided to talk about the libertarian scholar Ilya Shapiro, who came under fire for recent comments on President Biden’s pledge to appoint a black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I would submit that, if I were a law student today, and I strongly disagreed with remarks made by someone who had just recently been hired by my law school, the last thing I would do is to call for that person to be fired,” Ho said.
Texas and the Biden administration are often at legal odds with each other. But one dispute in briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court last week takes the cake.
The Gibbs & Bruns associate was one of very few – maybe the only – law clerks from Texas who worked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz returns to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as a party — not as a practitioner — to argue federal campaign-finance limits violate his First Amendment rights. At issue: a 20-year-old federal law that prohibits candidates from raising more than $250,000 after an election to repay a personal loan to their campaigns.