Phi Beta Cons

Hastings Law School Loses New Jersey

Over at ADF’s Academic Freedom File, Jordan Lorence breaks some intriguing news about a recent development in CLS v. Martinez. The State of New Jersey has asked to withdraw from its amicus brief supporting Hastings Law School. Jordan explains:

New Jersey is withdrawing from a brief  opposing CLS that was joined by a meager collection of four states (Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont and Maryland). Of course, that brief was overshadowed by the fourteen states that joined an amicus brief supporting CLS. It is great to have such a large number of states supporting CLS, which stands in stark contrast to the dwindling handful of states opposing CLS in this case.

It is highly unusual for a state attorney general to withdraw from an amicus brief, especially at the level of the U.S. Supreme Court.  It is an intriguing question as to why this has happened.   

I hesitate to speculate as to the reasons for this move. One thing is clear, however: It is a symbol of the moral and legal strength of CLS’s argument that such a disproportionate number of states have taken the unusual step of supporting limits on state authority over private organizations. Fourteen states recognize the importance of the marketplace of ideas in higher education and recognize the value of Christian voices on campus. Now only three states stand starkly against religious liberty.

Most Popular

U.S.

Systemic Racism? Make Them Prove It.

I  worked in the criminal-justice system for a quarter century. It is run, day-to-day, by the crème de la crème of graduates from America’s top law schools. Those institutions wear their progressive bona fides on their sleeves and proclaim it for all the world to hear. In their offhand rhetoric — ... Read More
U.S.

Systemic Racism? Make Them Prove It.

I  worked in the criminal-justice system for a quarter century. It is run, day-to-day, by the crème de la crème of graduates from America’s top law schools. Those institutions wear their progressive bona fides on their sleeves and proclaim it for all the world to hear. In their offhand rhetoric — ... Read More

The Secret Life of Joe Biden

In a classic episode of Seinfeld, Jerry is accused by his new girlfriend, a police officer, of being a fan of the tacky 1990s soap opera Melrose Place. When Jerry lies and denies it, she suggests putting him on a polygraph to find the truth. In an effort to beat the machine, Jerry seeks the advice of his ... Read More

The Secret Life of Joe Biden

In a classic episode of Seinfeld, Jerry is accused by his new girlfriend, a police officer, of being a fan of the tacky 1990s soap opera Melrose Place. When Jerry lies and denies it, she suggests putting him on a polygraph to find the truth. In an effort to beat the machine, Jerry seeks the advice of his ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Replacing Ginsburg

While we did not agree with many of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s views about the Constitution or the judicial function, we never doubted her industry, dedication, gumption, civility, or patriotism. We send our condolences to all who mourn her passing. Justice Ginsburg almost certainly had more fans than any ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Replacing Ginsburg

While we did not agree with many of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s views about the Constitution or the judicial function, we never doubted her industry, dedication, gumption, civility, or patriotism. We send our condolences to all who mourn her passing. Justice Ginsburg almost certainly had more fans than any ... Read More

Snobs or Mobs?

A   lot of us were feeling pretty good about the future of the media in late September of 2004. Dan Rather and the CBS news division had just tried to derail George W. Bush’s reelection campaign with some genuine fake news — based on fake documents — and, in spite of the manful attempts of ... Read More

Snobs or Mobs?

A   lot of us were feeling pretty good about the future of the media in late September of 2004. Dan Rather and the CBS news division had just tried to derail George W. Bush’s reelection campaign with some genuine fake news — based on fake documents — and, in spite of the manful attempts of ... Read More