U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria is an ardent San Francisco 49ers fan, which these days isn’t much of a formula for victory. But Chhabria says his fellow judges can move toward the important goal of diversifying their team of law clerks, now mostly white males, by taking a lesson from the National Football League and its Rooney Rule. The rule, named for the late Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, was adopted in 2003 to require teams to interview at least one minority candidate to fill a vacancy for head coach or general manager. Rooney chaired a commission that came up with the rule, which was prompted by the firing by two NFL teams of African American head coaches despite largely successful records, leaving just two minority coaches in a 32-team league. The rule doesn’t require NFL teams to hire minority coaches, but appears to have had some impact — the number of non-white head coaches in the league has increased to eight. Several non-sports enterprises, … [Read more...] about Federal judge in SF wants his court to take a page from the NFL playbook
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Just what kind of health insurance do federal judges and Supreme Court justices have? That question seems fair to ask in light of U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling on Friday striking down the Affordable Care Act -- the 2010 law passed under President Barack Obama that expanded health insurance to millions of Americans -- as unconstitutional. O'Connor's decision looks certain to be appealed by a group of Democratic state attorneys general, first to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then likely to the Supreme Court.While the ACA's ultimate fate may depend on those courts, here's what to know about the health coverage federal judges and Supreme Court justices can typically expect.Hundreds of plan to choose fromLike the vast majority of federal employees of all ranks, the government's judges have the option of enrolling in plans offered by the Federal Employee Health Benefits system. It includes hundreds of plan choices throughout the U.S. -- far more than … [Read more...] about How does federal judges’ health insurance stack up?
In an effort to resolve a litany of issues within the S.C. Department of Social Services, a federal judge on Tuesday ordered the agency to meet monthly with attorneys and court-appointed monitors and present a concrete budget request to state leaders early next year. District Judge Richard Gergel's decision was made less than a week after documents were filed in federal court that allege DSS failed to act quickly when the agency learned of reportedly dangerous conditions inside a Summerville group home. A settlement agreement reached in 2016 requires DSS to reduce employee workloads and to reduce the agency’s reliance on group homes for the state’s youngest foster children, among other things. Advocacy groups asked Gergel to hold DSS in contempt for its alleged lack of progress, which led to Tuesday's hearing.Gergel was sympathetic but adamant when he urged all parties to "cool it" and set aside their differences. He said Gov. Henry McMaster is willing to … [Read more...] about Federal judge urges DSS to work with SC leaders to increase funding
But the judge seemed skeptical, observing that border apprehensions are near historic lows and that, regardless, federal law says all people on US soil can apply for asylum, no matter how they arrived.But the 28-year-old businessman, who has scars on his face from an acid attack while he was protesting against the Nicaragua government, says he doesn't want to do anything illegal.In the run-up to the United States mid-term elections, President Trump said numerous migrants were criminals, called the caravan an invasion, and ordered troops to the border.Earlier Tuesday, a federal judge issued the order invalidating the policy change by President Donald Trump meant to prohibit illegal aliens from receiving amnesty.US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules.'Yet now, a single district judge has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order preventing the executive branch from performing its Constitutional duty to enforce our … [Read more...] about Federal Judge Blocks Trump Proclamation Suspending Asylum Rights for Illegal Immigrants
For 22 years, John Gleeson served as a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York. It was, as he puts it, “the best job in the world.” But in 2016, Gleeson gave up his gavel and became a law firm partner at Debevoise & Plimpton where he specializes in white-collar matters, civil litigation and internal investigations. In this week’s Legal Speak podcast, Litigation Daily editor-in-chief Jenna Greene talks with Gleeson about his career—from mob prosecutor to federal judge to law firm partner—and what he’s learned along the way. Gleeson reflects on judicial salaries, the case for term limits and the perspective he’s gained by representing private clients. Listen to the podcast above or find us on Apple Podcasts or Libsyn. Legal Speak is brought to you by Econ One, offering economic expertise, consulting and dispute resolution, and data analytics. … [Read more...] about From Federal Judge to Private Practice: Why This Debevoise Partner Left His Ultimate Dream Job