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November 26 - Professor Timothy Zick, the leading expert on public protest and the First Amendment, reflected on the opportunity ahead for peaceful activists to effect change in a post titled "Ferguson: Now What?" Read the post.

November 24 - Professor Timothy Zick, author of "Speech Out of Doors,"  blogged about the costs of public protest as people across the nation awaited the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri. Read the post.

November 20 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin, in a post titled "Who's Scared of Fitbit," commented on an evidence story published in The Atlantic. Read the post.

November 20 - Professor Timothy Zick, author of "Speech Out of Doors," blogged about public protest and the events in Ferguson, Missouri.  Read the post.

November 6 - Professor Darian Ibrahim’s work on Delaware’s “familiarity” advantage in attracting incorporations was featured on the Columbia Law School “Blue Sky Blog.” Read the post.

September 2 - In a blog post titled "A 'Win Win' for American Workers," Professor Alan J. Meese proposed a compromise between the president's call for a higher national minimum wage and Congressman Paul Ryan's proposal to expand the earned income tax credit for workers who do not have children.

September 1 - Professor Allison Orr Larsen's July 30 guest post on the Bishop Madison blog was referenced in a story by New York Times reporter Adam Liptak titled "Seeking Facts, Justices Settle for What Briefs Tell Them." Read Adam Liptak's article.

September 1 - In a blog post titled "[The Constitution]: Even Binding on the GAO," Professor Alan J. Meese commented on the findings of the General Accounting Office's report concerning President Obama's decision to exchange Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

August 18 - Professor Alan J. Meese blogged about the charges against the Texas governor and predicted he "will beat the rap." Read his post titled "On the Lawless Indictment of Rick Perry."

July 30 - Bishop Madison: Guest blogger Allison Orr Larsen examined the role of amicus-based fact-finding (or lack thereof) as illustrated by two recent SCOTUS decisions, Hobby Lobby v. Burwell and Riley v. California. Read the post.

July 5 - Professor Alan J. Meese explained in a blog post why the Hobby Lobby decision embraces shareholder primacy instead of corporate social responsibility.

July 1 - Professor Rebecca Green was a guest blogger on the Election Law blog.  Read her post titled "#MSSEN and the New Transparency Onslaught."

May 30 - Professor Nathan B. Oman blogged about "Nineteenth Century Corporate Law: A New Lens for Religious Freedom Scholars" on Cornerstone, the blog of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.

May 23 - The Conglomerate.org: Professor Alan J. Meese blogged about his recent Harvard Law Review Forum essay (written with Professor Nathan B. Oman) about the Hobby Lobby case in which they argued that "for-profit corporations are in fact RFRA persons."

April 14 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin, a contributing editor of EvidenceProf Blog, blogged about the findings of a recent empirical study of prior conviction impeachment. Read the post.

April 2 - In a post titled "New Jersey v. Economic Liberty," Professor Alan J. Meese blogged about the recent announcement of New Jersey's ban on Tesla's practice of distributing automobiles through customer-owned dealerships. Professor Meese and Professor Sarah L. Stafford were among the professors who signed a letter to Governor Chris Christie in March criticizing the ban. Read the letter. Professor Meese blogged previously about Tesla and the North Carolina Senate in a post titled  "Do Tesla Buyers Need a Nanny (State)?"

March 26 - Professor Jeffey Bellin blogged about a hearsay ruling that saved Johnson & Johnson nearly $2 billion. Read the post.

March 3 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin blogged about the Supreme Court granting cert. in Warger v. Schauers in a post titled "Evidence Cert. Grant and a New Aphorism: 'Easy Cases Make Bland Law.'"

February 22 - Professor Alan J. Meese reflected on Pope Francis's first Apostolic Exhortation ("Evangelii Gaudium") in a post titled "In Praise of (Fettered) Capitalism, AKA Freedom."

February 16 - In a post titled "The Minimum Wage As Economic Alchemy," Professor Alan J. Meese blogged about President Obama's recent Executive Order and, in Meese's words,  the "basic economic science informed by empirical evidence [that] predicts that increasing the minimum wage will reduce employment, thereby reducing the number of customers with 'money in their pockets.'"

February 12 - Professor Alan J. Meese blogged about Harris v. Quinn, a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, in a post titled "When Free Riding Is Good." 

February 6 - ProfessorAlan J. Meese explored the content of Chrysler's Super Bowl ad featuring Bob Dylan. Read his post titled "A Geography Lesson for Bob Dylan and Fiat."

January 24 - Professor Alan J. Meese rebutted the The New York Times' report that the sale of marijuana is now "legal" in Colorado. Read  his post titled "Marijuana Still Illegal Throughout the U.S.A. (Yes, Even in Colorado).

January 24 - Professor Alan J. Meese defended Justice Sotomayor against the charges that she imposed her Catholic religion on American women when she enjoined the Obama administration's contraception mandate. Read his post titled "Justice Sotomayor's Protection of Religious Liberty."


December 16 - Professor Alan J. Meese responded in his Bishop Madison blog to a September 28 essay in Slate by Nick Baumann published a few days before the 75th anniversary of the Munich Pact. Read the essay titled "Neville Chamberlain Was Right." Read Professor Meese's response titled "In Praise of Conventional Wisdom on Munich."

December 5 - On this day in 1911, President William Howard Taft delivered his Third Annual Message to Congress. Professor Alan J. Meese wrote about Taft's message and what it said about Standard Oil in a post titled "President Taft's Prescient Endorsement of Standard Oil, 112 Years Young." Read the blog post.

December 1 - In a post titled "How to Monitor Apple's Monitor," Professor Alan J. Meese blogged about a dispute between Apple and the Department of Justice. Read the blog post.

October 3 - In a post titled "Fundamental Right or Public Benefit?," Professor Alan J. Meese blogged about the case of Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who passed the California Bar exam and wants to become a lawyer in the state. The California Supreme Court will rule on the case later this year. Read the blog post.

September 30 - In a blog post titled "On the Supposed Tuition Crisis," Professor Alan J. Meese advanced the argument that "reports of the affordability crisis are greatly exaggerated." Read the blog post.

September 30 - Professor Alan J. Meese argued that eliminating tenure for law school faculty will increase tuition costs in a blog post titled “How Tenure Reduces Tuition.” Read the blog post.  

September 30 - Professor Alan J. Meese wrote about the Affordable Care Act’s penalty in a blog post titled “Obamacare Imploding Already?” Read the blog post.

September 27 - Professor Vivian Hamilton wrote about the United Kingdom’s Labour Party submitting a bill to lower the national voting age to 16 in a blog post titled "Votes at 16: Democracy Experts Respond to Ed Miliband's Proposal." Read the blog post

September 7 - Professor Alan J. Meese wrote a blog post titled "Some Thoughts on the Legacy of Ronald Coase." Coase was the Clinton R. Musser Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Chicago Law School and the 1991 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Science. He died on September 2. Read the blog post.

August 3 - In a blog post titled "A History Lesson on Civil Rights for the New York Times," Professor Alan J. Meese took issue with the paper's obituary chronicling the life of William Scranton, who died on July 28. Scranton served as a congressman,  as a governor of Pennsylvania, and as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

July 31 - Professor Alan J. Meese wrote a blog post titled "Supreme Court Fails to Defend 'Competition on the Merits.'"  "This most recent term," wrote Meese, "the Supreme Court passed up a significant opportunity both to clarify an important facet of antitrust doctrine and to correct an erroneous decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals." Read the blog post.

July 27 - In his Bishop Madison blog, Professor Alan J. Meese explained how Michigan's support for labor cartels known as unions helped hasten Detroit's economic demise. Read the blog post.

June 7  - Professor Michael Steven Green posted a review on Jotwell of Karl N. Llewellyn's The Theory of Rules, edited and with an introduction by Frederick Schauer (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2011). Read the blog post.

May 27  - In a blog post titled "Do Tesla Buyers Need a Nanny (State)?," Professor Alan J. Meese wrote about proposed legislation in North Carolina's House of Representatives that would prohibit both communications between car manufacturers and consumers and sales over the Internet. Read the blog post.

May 19 - Professor Alan J. Meese wrote about recent legislation in Kansas in a blog post titled "Kansas Gets It Right on Minimum Resale Price Maintenance." Read the blog post.

May 13  - Professor Peter A. Alces blogged about Margaret Jane Radin's book, Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights and the Rule of Law, on ContractsProf Blog.  Read the blog post.

May 9 & 10  - Professor D. Daniel Sokol of the University of Florida Levin School of Law blogged about two articles by Professor Alan J. Meese. In a May 9 post, Professor Sokol lauded as "wonderful" the article titled  "Standard Oil as Lochner's Trojan Horse (SSRN)." Read the blog post.  In a May 10 post, Professor Sokol blogged about the article titled "Reframing the (False?) Choice between Purchaser Welfare and Total Welfare (SSRN)." Read the blog post.

March 27  - When Chief Justice Roberts asked if President Obama had the courage of his convictions during oral arguments regarding the Defense of Marriage Act, he echoed Professor Alan J. Meese, who asked the same question over 2 years ago. Read the blog post.

March 27  - Professor Thom Lambert of the University of Missouri School of Law blogged about the amicus brief he signed along with 17 other scholars, including Professor Alan J. Meese, urging the Supreme Court to grant certiorari in Eaton Corp. v. ZF Meritor, LLC, and reverse an antitrust decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Read the brief. Read the blog post.  Thomsonreuters.com referred to the group as "a group of renowned economists and law professors."

March 21  - Professor Alan J. Meese argued why Congress should reject the efforts of Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz to overregulate the use of drones. Read the blog post.

March 20 - According to Professor Alan J. Meese, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit "struck a blow for economic liberty, efficiency, and consumer welfare," in its decision in St. Joseph Abbey v. Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. Read the blog post. Meese's blog post was referenced on March 25 in the blog Truth on the Market in a post titled "Meese, Mellor & Rowes on Economic Liberty and the Fourteenth Amendment."

March 6 - Professor Alan J. Meese wrote a blog post titled "On Drones, Due Process and U.S. Soil" during Senator Rand Paul's nearly 13-hour filibuster.

March 5  - Professor Christopher L. Griffin, Jr., and Georgetown University Law Center Fellow Dov Fox shared their views in a post titled "Greater Disability Protection Doesn't Mean Less Selective Abortion" as guests on The Blog (Huffington Post).

February 24 - Professor Vivian Hamilton shared her thoughts on "Why States Should Ban Adolescent Driving" on Concurring Opinions.

February 19 - Professor Timothy Zick, author of a new book titled The Cosmopolitan First Amendment, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013) wrote about the book's inquiry into the non-domestic aspects of expressive and religious liberties on I-CONnect.

February 1 - Professor Alan J. Meese's Bishop Madison blog featured a post titled "Let's End the Subsidy for High Tax States."

January 30 - Professor Vivian Hamilton argued why we should raise the marriage age on Concurring Opinions.

January 22 - Professor Jason Solomon's 2012 Emory Law Journal article (SSRN) on the civil jury was highlighted on Jotwell. Reviewer Suja A. Thomas of the University of Illinois College of Law wrote that it was a "joy to read and should be widely cited."

January 22 - Professor Vivian Hamilton completed a series of posts on Concurring Opinions that argued that the voting age should be lowered in the United States.

January 7  - A number of blogs and websites reposted or discussed Professor Alan J. Meese's December 21 blog post on Robert Bork's singular influence on antitrust law. Truth on the Market praised the blog post as a "terrific tribute." Volokh Conspiracy noted that it "explains why ... Bork likely had an even greater effect on antitrust law than on the popular debate over constitutional interpretation."  Other blogs or sites taking note of the post included Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog, The #Antitrust Daily, Chillin' Competition (which called Meese's blog the "best post on Bork's contribution to antitrust law"), International Center for Law and Economics, and Point of Law.com.

January 1-31 - Erieblogging: Each day this month Professor Michael Steven Green posted an un- or underexplored question about this landmark decision on PrawfsBlawg. They were simultaneously posted on his CivPro blog.