Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Yee Haaa

The past few months or so have seen some truly momentous changes in the Texas appellate world, particularly as viewed from Houston.

In March, the respected appellate practice group at Mayer Brown splintered, with a portion leaving to head up the new appellate practice at Pillsbury, and another faction headlined by former SCOTUS clerks Brett Busby (Stevens, J.) and Jeff Oldham (Rehnquist, C.J.) moving to Bracewell Giuliani.

The latest addition to the Houston appellate scene is Morgan Lewis’ recent announcement that former Solicitor General Ted Cruz will be helping lead the firm’s effort to build the SCOTUS and national appellate practice from its Houston office.

Thx to SCOTX Blog and Tex Parte Blog

The dynamic duo

Today, Senator John McCain gave a 3,383 word speech expounding upon his judicial philosophy, but as Jonathan Martin keenly observed, this picture speaks louder than any soundbite in the Senator’s speech.

Thx to Jonathan Martin

After reading one of his colleague\'s majority opinions

Justice Scalia by a mile, according to D.C. Dicta.

After reviewing oral argument transcripts from this past term, D.C. Dicta alloted the gallery chortles this way:

Justice Antonin Scalia: 74
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.: 23
Justice Stephen Breyer: 21
Justice David Souter: 17
Justice Anthony Kennedy: 9
Justice John Paul Stevens: 7
Justice Samuel Alito, Jr.: 4
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 4
Justice Clarence Thomas: 0

Of course, Justice Thomas‘ lowly rating is less a comment on his sense of humor as much as it is a function of his recalcitrance to make any comment during oral argument, funny or otherwise.

Thx to D.C. Dicta