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In a ruling issued last night, Federal district judge William Orrick permanently blocked enforcement of of President Donald Trump’s executive order cutting off federal funds to “sanctuary cities,” which refuse to assist federal efforts to deport undocumented immigrants – particularly those that do not comply...

The petition of the day is: S. A. B. v. Sessions 17-616 Issues: (1) Whether a court of appeals may rely on extra-record factual research to decide a petition for review of a removal order despite a statutory command that such a petition be decided “only on the...

This is “You Don’t Need a Canon”, a song that I wrote over the Labor Day weekend, and which I just performed for my Legislation & Regulation classes today. My accompanist, who also arranged the music, is my student Josh Pender. Warning: You might find this...

The second case of the Supreme Court’s patent day next Monday is SAS Institute v. Matal. That case should be a relief; after considering the weighty constitutional concerns summarized in my preview in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, the justices will turn...