Federal Judges Push Back: Frustrated by the budget stalemate in Congress, more than two dozen federal chief judges across the country have so far declared all employees essential in the face of a shutdown—a bold but necessary move, they said, to ensure basic court operations past the judiciary’s funding date of October 17. Zoe Tillman has the story.
Affirmative Action Under Scrutiny: After dodging a bullet last term, supporters of affirmative action face another test at the U.S. Supreme Court on October 15 in a case that could launch a new state-by-state effort to eliminate programs that boost minority access to public universities and government contracts. Tony Mauro takes a look.
Debt-Collection Oversight Woes: Jenna Greene reports debt-collection lawyers are hoping for legislative relief from oversight by the Consumer Financial Protection Board, backing a bill that would exempt litigation-related collection activities from the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Airing Law School Laundry: A trio of deans this month launched the first group blog written specifically by law school deans. Weary of keeping quiet as critics in the media and online opine on law schools’ problems, Karen Sloan reports the three deans want the blog to be a must-read on topics ranging from student debt and rising costs to accreditation and declining applications.
DOJ Wins Subpoena Skirmish: The owner of the website "Socialsecurity.com" must comply with a federal government subpoena for information about the site's ownership and views from the public, a federal trial judge ruled last week. Andrew Keshner reports.