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Monday, January 11, 2010

Digital Remedies for Counsel with Colds

Since the temperatures plummeted to well below zero a few weeks ago, I have struggled against a cold that I have not been able to shake. I am down; then I rally for a few days; and then I am down again. Up and down. Up and down. It has been awful.

During the down phases of this winter roller-coaster, I have swallowed a river of cold medicine and listened to a lot of podcasts. Much of both left a bad taste in my mouth; but occasionally, I would happen upon a dose of something really wonderful.

Here is a list of presentations that are available for downloading that will stimulate even a brain that is addled by a super-size load of pseudoephedrine:

• Professor Burt Nueborne of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law and Professor Randy E. Barnett of the Georgetown University Law Center discuss the benefits and hazards of reading the Bill of Rights as part of integrated whole rather than a decalogue of ten distinct provisions; accessible here.

• Judge Guido Calabresi, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Frank H. Easterbrook, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, wrangle over the proper method of deciding cases when presented with applications of a statute that the Legislature never considered; accessible here.

• Clark Neily, of the Institute for Justice, and Professor Kurt Lash, of the Loyola Law School, discuss the meaning of the Privileges and Immunities Clause and whether it provides a basis for incorporating some or all of the Bill of Rights against the states; accessible here.

• An all-star panel – Justice Samuel A. Alito, of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Michael W. McConnell, formerly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; Walter E. Dellinger III, formerly the United States Solicitor General; Pepperdine School of Law Dean and former Solicitor General Kenneth W. Starr; and Professor of Law Douglas W. Kmiec -- discuss “Lawyering and the Craft of Judicial Opinion Writing;” accessible here.

If you like any of these podcasts, be sure to send me an E-mail.

I am not shaking anyone’s hand until at least July….