Face of Defense: Sailor Finds Balance as Navy Recruiter

Recruiters’ lives are rooted in their communities, making them representatives of the life the Navy has to offer. It’s a unique and often stressful job that requires sailors to creatively adapt to an ever-changing landscape, but also allows for great growth in a sailor’s personal and professional life. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 18, 2018… Read More

Watercraft Operators Gain Experience in Annual Exercise

Watercraft operators play a huge role in ensuring the Army’s overall mission readiness by overseeing cargo operations and making sure soldiers on land and at sea have access to resources needed for combat. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 17, 2018 9:11 am Support Us

Special Operations Competition Kicks Off in Panama

Spirits were high in Panama for about 100 competitors as Fuerzas Comando, a multinational special operations competition sponsored by U.S. Southern Command and executed by U.S. Special Operations Command South, kicked off its 14th iteration. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 17, 2018 8:41 am Support Us

Check it Out: Tang on How to Undo Janus

Check out Aaron Tang’s piece on SSRN, How to Undo Janus: A User-Friendly Guide. In response to Janus, where the Court ruled that fair-share violated the First Amendment, Tang argues that "lawmakers can amend state law to permit government employers… Full Story Here Law Professor July 17, 2018 8:39 am Support Us

Iraqi, Kurdish Troops Clear ISIS Safe Haven

Iraqi forces, including peshmerga troops, conducted coordinated clearance operations July 16 to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria presence in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 17, 2018 7:53 am Support Us

Face of Defense: Former Enlisted Marine Serves as Army Warrant Officer

You’d think that making the jump from serving as an enlisted Marine Corps signals intelligence specialist to an Army cyber warrant officer would be a pretty complicated process that involves more than a few flaming hoops, but Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Raul Negron Jr. makes it sound almost routine. Full Story Here Defense.gov July… Read More

Fitness Programs Support Marine Corps Readiness

The Marine Corps prides itself on being the world’s finest fighting force. To help the Corps maintain this title, units and individual Marines can take advantage of force fitness instructors and various Semper Fit programs to uphold the Corps’ physical fitness standards. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 16, 2018 9:41 am Support Us

Check it Out: Adler on Kavanaugh’s Administrative Record

Check out Jonathan Adler’s piece at the NYT, Will Kavanaugh Curb Sloppy White House Deregulation? Adler argues that Judge Kavanaugh "has expressed concerns about the Chevron doctrine," and "is not one to give [agencies] a pass." Still, Adler argues that… Full Story Here Law Professor July 16, 2018 7:30 am Support Us

Face of Defense: Sailor Enjoys Challenges, Lifestyle of Recruiting Duty

Future sailors walk into a Navy recruiting station seeking a way forward. If they take that step in Deland, Fla., they’ll be greeted by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Abbe Beaston, a quartermaster and a member of the Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville recruiting team. She’s a sailor who can relate. Full Story Here Defense.gov July… Read More

Mattis Commends Norway’s Commitment to Global Peace, Security

In meetings with Norway’s foreign affairs and defense ministers, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis hailed the strong bond between the United States and Norway and commended the Nordic nation for its commitment to global peace and security. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 15, 2018 9:11 am Support Us

Exercise Sea Breeze 2018 Kicks Off in Ukraine

The 18th iteration of Sea Breeze, an exercise designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security, kicked off following opening ceremonies in Odessa and Shiroky Lan training range, Ukraine. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 13, 2018 1:56 pm Support Us

Mattis Discusses Defense Relationship With Croatian Leaders

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Croatia’s prime minister and president to reaffirm the importance of a long-term defense relationship between the United States and Croatia. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 13, 2018 11:26 am Support Us

Coalition Partner Captures 11 ISIS Fighters in Southern Syria

The Maghawir al-Thowra, an Operation Inherent Resolve partner force in Syria, detained 11 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters inside the deconfliction zone in southern Syria. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 13, 2018 10:11 am Support Us

FBI Helps Marshall Center Counterterrorism Network Stop Future Attacks

For five years, Special Agents Tom and Jean O’Connor, both with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Washington, have shared their experiences collecting evidence at terrorism sites with international participants attending the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies held twice a year at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Full Story… Read More

Coalition, Iraqi Artillery Support Operation Roundup

South of Sinjar, Iraq, near the Syrian border, Iraqi and coalition troops lived and worked side by side for more than a month as they shelled Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists in Syria. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 13, 2018 9:11 am Support Us

Mattis Discusses U.S.-Croatia Defense Relationship With Prime Minister

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic in the Croatian capital of Zagreb to reaffirm the importance of a long-term defense relationship between the United States and Croatia. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 13, 2018 9:11 am Support Us

Coalition Medical Training Saves Iraqi Lives

Medical training that coalition forces provide to their Iraqi partners saves lives, and it is on track to save more. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 13, 2018 8:26 am Support Us

Face of Defense: Navy Corpsman Serves to Help Others

“You guys are the Marines’ doctors; there’s no better in the business than Navy corpsmen,” Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Lewis B. ‘Chesty’ Puller told his corpsmen during the Korean War. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 13, 2018 6:41 am Support Us

Happy 150th Birthday, 14th Amendment

Leading Civil War and Reconstruction scholars discuss the history and meaning of the 14th Amendment in celebration of its 150th anniversary. Allen Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era, and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. Martha Jones is Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor… Read More

Trump Excepts ALJs from Competitive Hiring

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School President Trump issued an executive order earlier this week that created a new hiring process for administrative law judges, excepting them from competitive hiring rules and examinations and authorizing their appointments to the… Full Story Here Law Professor July 12, 2018 3:29 pm Support Us

Check it Out: Stone on How Senate Moderates Should Vote on Kavanaugh

Check out Geoff Stone’s piece at The Huffington Post, It’s Now Up To Senate Moderates To Save The Supreme Court. If Trump’s nominee is confirmed on an essentially party-line vote in the Senate, especially in the aftermath of Republicans’ unprincipled… Full Story Here Law Professor July 12, 2018 3:29 pm Support Us

Special-Operator Trainers Outline Evolution of the Battlefront Airman

Candidates training to be special operators evolve to the enemy that’s developing by adapting and trying to overcome it, two Air Force special-operator trainers said at the Pentagon in the Defense Department’s “Showcasing Lethality” briefing series. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 12, 2018 11:41 am Support Us

Maintenance Innovation Slashes Delivery Times

An maintenance airman based in England was frustrated that it took 90 days for his unit to order and receive mission-essential parts, so he decided to do something about it. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 12, 2018 8:41 am Support Us

DoD IT Efforts Focus on Warfighter, Competitive Edge, CIO Says

Today’s warfighter needs access to intelligence and communication to enable quick decision-making and maintain a competitive edge, and the Defense Department is focused on maintaining this edge and supporting national defense priorities, DoD’s chief information officer said. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 11, 2018 2:26 pm Support Us

Active-Duty Opportunities Available for Reserve Sailors

A program called Reserve Component to Active Component Augmentation fills empty positions in the active duty Navy by using existing skill sets from Reserve sailors to help improve and maintain the health of the force. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 11, 2018 11:26 am Support Us

Army Combat Fitness Test Set to Become Test of Record

Army leaders have approved a new strenuous fitness test designed to better prepare soldiers for combat tasks, reduce injuries and lead to cost savings across the service. Full Story Here Defense.gov July 11, 2018 10:26 am Support Us

Daily Read: The Fourteenth Amendment (on its 150th Anniversary)

The Fourteenth Amendment was ratified on July 9, 1868. Here’s the text: Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein… Full Story Here Law Professor July 9, 2018 7:29 am Support Us

District Judge Enjoins FDA Health Warnings for Cigars on First Amendment Appeal

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In a brief opinion in Cigar Association of America v. United States Food and Drug Administration, Judge Amit Mehta has enjoined the FDA’s warning requirements regarding cigars under… Full Story Here Law Professor July 6, 2018 3:29 pm Support Us

District Court (Mostly) Validates California’s Sanctuary Jurisidiction Laws

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School Judge John A. Mendez (E.D. Cal.) yesterday granted part, but denied most, of the federal government’s motion for a preliminary injunction against California’s sanctuary-jurisdiction laws. The ruling is only preliminary–so goes only to… Full Story Here Law Professor July 6, 2018 7:30 am Support Us

Check it Out: The Deregulatory First Amendment

Check out the conversation at Take Care on the deregulatory First Amendment. Charlotte Garden and Nikolas Bowie have posted so far. Posts to come from Caroline Mala Corbin and Catherine Fisk. Full Story Here Law Professor July 5, 2018 3:30 pm Support Us

The Declaration and the Constitution

We’ve posted several times over the years on the Declaration and its influence on constitutional interpretation; here are a few: -Danielle Allen’s Our Declaration -Alexander Tsesis’s For Liberty and Equality -The Declaration in the OT 2010 Term -The Declaration in… Full Story Here Law Professor July 4, 2018 3:29 pm Support Us

Check it Out: Blackman on Trump v. Hawaii

Check out Josh Blackman’s thoughtful and incisive post at Lawfare, Five Unanswered Questions From Trump v. Hawaii. We posted on the ruling here. Full Story Here Law Professor July 4, 2018 7:30 am Support Us

Federal Judge Dismisses Complaint Seeking Access to Literacy by School Children

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In his opinion in Gary B. v. Snyder, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan Stephen Murphy dismissed a complaint alleging constitutional violations in the… Full Story Here Law Professor July 2, 2018 3:29 pm Support Us

Daily Read: SCOTUS Justice Retirements and Political Goals

In a recently updated and forthcoming article, Do Justices Time Their Retirements Politically? An Empirical Analysis of the Timing and Outcomes of Supreme Court Retirements in the Modern Era, by Christine Kexel Chabot (pictured) of Loyola-Chicago, she set out to… Full Story Here Law Professor July 2, 2018 3:29 pm Support Us

Check it Out: Liptak on Free Speech’s Right Turn

Check out Adam Liptak’s piece in The NYT, How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment. The Roberts court does more than hear a larger proportion of cases concerning conservative expression. It is also far more likely than earlier courts to rule… Full Story Here Law Professor July 1, 2018 7:28 am Support Us

Check it Out: Stern on Kennedy, Gerrymandering, and Redistricting Commissions

Check out Mark Joseph Stern’s piece in Slate, Partisan Gerrymandering Is About to Get Much Worse. Stern writes that Justice Kennedy’s retirement will mean more than just that the Court likely won’t hear partisan gerrymandering challenges; it likely will reverse… Full Story Here Law Professor July 1, 2018 7:28 am Support Us

Check it Out: Nourse on the Special Counsel and the Unitary Executive Theory

Check out Victoria Nourse’s American Constitution Society Issue Brief on The Special Counsel, Morrison v. Olson, and the Dangerous Implications of the Unitary Executive Theory. The unitary executive theory is dangerous. . . . Once taken from the law journals… Full Story Here Law Professor June 30, 2018 3:28 pm Support Us

Check it Out: Epps on the Post-Kennedy Court

With all the musings about what the post-Kennedy Court will do, Garrett Epps argues at The Atlantic that we already know–because we already have it. In the 2016-2017 term, conservatives won 33 percent of . . . ideological casts. Between… Full Story Here Law Professor June 30, 2018 3:28 pm Support Us

Ninth Circuit Boots Environmental Case Against Ex-Im Bank for Lack of Standing

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Ninth Circuit ruled this week that environmental non-profits lacked standing to sue Ex-Im Bank for its failure to follow statutorily prescribed procedures before authorizing loans to private corporations for two liquid natural… Full Story Here Law Professor June 30, 2018 3:28 pm Support Us

Check it Out: Rosenthal Measures How Originalist are Originalists

Check out Prof. Lawrence Rosenthal’s (Chapman) piece, An Empirical Inquiry into the Use of Originalism: Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence During the Career of Justice Scalia. Rosenthal finds that originalism played a small role in Fourth Amendment jurisprudence during the study period… Full Story Here Law Professor June 29, 2018 3:29 pm Support Us

District Court Rebuffs Manafort’s Challenge to Mueller’s Indictment

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School Judge T.S. Ellis III (E.D. Va.) earlier this week rejected a motion by Paul Manafort to dismiss Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s superseding indictment for bank fraud and tax charges. Recall that Judge Berman… Full Story Here Law Professor June 29, 2018 3:29 pm Support Us

Replacing Kennedy: Before the Elections, or Let the People Decide?

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate would move quickly to confirm President Trump’s pick, while Senator Schumer said that it was the "height of hypocrisy" for McConnell to schedule a vote before the November elections, given that… Full Story Here Law Professor June 28, 2018 3:29 pm Support Us

Seventh Circuit Narrows Injunction Against DOJ’s Sanctuary Cities Crackdown

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Seventh Circuit earlier this week narrowed the nationwide injunction against AG Sessions’s crackdown on Chicago’s sanctuary-cities practices so that it now only applies "as to the imposition of the conditions on the… Full Story Here Law Professor June 28, 2018 3:29 pm Support Us

Court Strikes Fair Share

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Supreme Court today ruled that Illinois’s fair-share, agency-fee requirement for non-members of public sector unions violated the First Amendment. The ruling deals a significant blow to public sector unions. The 5-4 ruling… Full Story Here Law Professor June 27, 2018 3:30 pm Support Us

District Judge Enjoins Administration’s Child-Parent Separation Policy

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In an opinion and order in Ms. L. v. United States Immigration and Enforcement (ICE), United States District Judge Dana Sabraw has found that the current Administration policies… Full Story Here Law Professor June 27, 2018 7:29 am Support Us

States Sue to Challenge Federal Child-Parent Separation Policy

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In a lengthy complaint in Washington v. United States, seventeen states (as well as the District of Columbia) have challenged the "Trump Administration’s practice of refusing entry to… Full Story Here Law Professor June 26, 2018 11:28 pm Support Us

SCOTUS Finds California’s FACT Act Violates First Amendment

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In its closely divided opinion in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, Justice Thomas writing for the Court found California’s FACT Act regulating "crisis… Full Story Here Law Professor June 26, 2018 3:28 pm Support Us