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School of Law to host conversation with Alito

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

alito-visitFrom UBNow:

“The School of Law is hosting a visit to Buffalo by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. on Oct. 20.
“In an appearance at Shea’s Performing Arts Center before an invitation-only audience, Alito will respond to questions from the law school’s interim dean, SUNY Distinguished Professor James A. Gardner, and Hodgson Russ Chairman Daniel C. Oliverio.”

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Who You Calling Friend?

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


I have often claimed that I make friends wherever I go. Since that’s not really always true, I find it immensely reassuring to know that there is one place I can go where I’ll be identified as a “friend.” No, it’s not a certain bar in Boston where everyone knows my name—it’s a bar of a different sort.

There’s a lot to be said for the Supreme Court, home of the Highest Court in the Land and where its justices can look forward to a bobbleheaded future. It even has the ability to turn adversaries into friends. How? By identifying them as such, of course.

In a distinct shift from the Rehnquist Court of yesteryear, in the Roberts Court, you’re far more likely to hear lawyers from either side using the word “friend” instead of “opponent” when addressing each other or Justices making reference to “your friend.” There are a couple reasons for this. One being that the D.C. bar is a small, small world,  where it’s pretty likely that those lawyers facing off are actually friends or at least know each other. Another could be the Chief Justice’s desire to adjust the tone of oral arguments. Some might find that reason to be a bit faux . Granted, it could be a play right out of Mean Girls  to call your adversary your friend, but it appears to be catching on with Justices Kennedy and Scalia hopping on the bandwagon. However, both Justice Alito and Justice Sotomayor are firmly in the camp of not letting fetch—I mean friend—happen. To that I say, Justices Alito and Sotomayor, why can’t we be friends?

Dishing It Out

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


Forget some fancy survey from the NY Times—there are far easier ways to tell where someone’s from. Ask ‘em about pizza. Regional pizza is a real thing—with a Wikipedia page to prove it—and much like sports teams, people have their loyalties. For instance, I may or may not have told a Texan classmate that she would never know what true pizza tasted like until she had her first bite of a NY-style slice, and a certain Supreme Court justice may have issued some fighting words concerning the validity Chicago deep dish as a pizza.

In today’s issue of Supreme Court Justices Say the Darnedest Things, we have Justice Antonin Scalia who, on a good day, some might call opinionated. While giving a speech at the Union League Club of Chicago on Valentine’s Day, Scalia showed no love to Chicago’s signature slice, saying that the deep dish za “shouldn’t be called pizza.” Being born in Jersey and raised in Queens may indicate a bit of bias on Scalia’s part when it comes to the depth of pizza and order of ingredients.  The question remains whether the rest of the New York bloc hold a similar opinion.

All I have to say is that if Scalia can’t handle deep dish, what’s he going to say about the new 3-year pizza?

Charles B’s Beach Reads: Supreme Court

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Chillin CB

Summer may be almost gone, but there’s still some beach reading time left! We at the Charles B. Sears Law Library realize that though you may have laid down your casebooks you still want to hear about the highest court in the land. Here are our recommendations for Supreme Court.


The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

A fascinating look at what goes on behind the scenes of the highest court in the land.

Recommended by Joe Gerken & Terry McCormack

This title can be found at the Law Library


Supreme Courtship

Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley

In this fictional work, a frustrated president appoints a TV judge to the Supreme Court…and she’s confirmed. Hilarity ensues.

Recommended by Christine Anne George

This title can be found at the Law Library



Book Review Out of Order

Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court by Sandra Day O’Connor

Justice O’Connor writes about the Court’s history and evolution.

Recommended by Marcia Zubrow

This title can be found at the Law Library



Becoming Justice B

Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court Journy by Linda Greenhouse

A biography about Justice Blackmun that examines his friendship with Chief Justice Warren Burger.

Recommended by Marcia Zubrow

This title can be found at the Law Library



For more reading suggestions, check out our Exhibit page  or stop by the display on the 2nd floor of the Law Library.

Judiciary Poetry

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


If sunshine and warmer temperatures—Spring, is that you? For real this time?—aren’t enough to bring a smile to your face today, here’s something to do the trick. Last semester around Finals time I opined on the wonder that is the song study method. This semester, less is more, and you don’t need more than seventeen syllables.

Supreme Court Haiku offers you current and historic Supreme Court cases, Supreme Court Justice bios, and a Bill of Rights, all in haiku form. Amazing? I think so. Even better is that everything on the site is in haiku form. (For those unaware, a haiku is a short Japanese poem, consisting of three lines whose syllables add to up 17.)

So when you need a break, or perhaps a different take on the Supreme Court cases you’re cramming, turn to the haiku. But I would suggest that, if you are working on a final writing assignment, you heed the site’s warning:

You want to cite this?

In a brief or article?

Are you freakin’ nuts?”

They Have a Calculator for That

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

We’ve run the numbers on who is the funniest. We’ve run the numbers on who is most recognized. What’s left? Apparently the likelihood of making it to 2017.

According to the Supreme Court Justice Death Calculator, there is a 64.07% chance that at least one Justice will die within the next four years. (Calculations are based upon public data from the Centers for Disease Control.)

Before Death Pool participants get too excited, I should mention that the Calculator comes with a bit of a caveat. Calculations are rough, with the assumption that each of the Justices has the same life expectancy of someone of similar age, race, and gender. Interestingly enough, this is the third list where Scalia comes in at the top 3. Although I think we can all hold hands and agree that topping this list is nowhere near as desirable as topping humor or recognition lists.

Below is the list in order of likelihood of death by 2017:

Kennedy 19.32%

Ginsburg 17.86%

Scalia 17.67%

Breyer 15.29%

Thomas 10.53%

Alito 5.83%

Roberts 3.62%

Sotomeyer 1.71%

Kagan 1.57%