What’s Up with Nebraska?

Posted by George Butterfield on June 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

LINCOLN, Neb.     (AP) — What’s up with Nebraska?

The state is among the nation’s most conservative, with Republicans controlling all of state government. But by the time the legislative session had ended last week, lawmakers had repealed the death penalty, legalized licenses for certain immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, raised the state fuel tax and come close to approving a medical marijuana bill.

You can read the full Associated Press article here.



Nebraska LB 268 Eliminates the Death Penalty

Posted by George Butterfield on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Read the bill here.



Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface

Posted by Troy Johnson on May 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

How complicated can it be to take a photograph of a book cover for the purpose of posting it on Instagram? Fairly complicated, particularly for those trying to create an image in what has become known as “bookface” style.

Bookface involves strategically lining up your face or another body part alongside a book cover that features a matching body part so that there appears a melding of life and art. Librarians and other book lovers post these photos weekly on visual apps like Instagram, using the caption #BookfaceFriday. The minitrend is giving a boost to the digital presence of institutions that are, by definition, purveyors of analog information.

Thanks to Professor Fenner for sharing the link to this article.

Full piece here.



Are Supreme Court Justices Getting Grumpier?

Posted by George Butterfield on April 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

New computer-driven research suggests that Supreme Court justices are getting grumpier, according to a new study by scholars at Dartmouth and the University of Virginia.

Read the article on the study here.



Are Law Schools Losing Relevance?

Posted by George Butterfield on April 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Law schools across the country are facing their lowest enrollment numbers in years, causing some to slash their budgets and revamp their programs in an effort to attract students worried about finding a job in a diminished legal industry.

Just over 41,000 people applied to go to an accredited U.S. law school in the most recent admissions cycle, compared with 77,000 in 2010 and 90,000 in 2004, according to the Law School Admission Council. Even top-ranked Harvard Law School witnessed a drop in applications before rebounding in the last two years.

Read the full article in the Washington Post here.



National Beer Day

Posted by George Butterfield on April 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

April 7 is a day celebrated nationally by beer lovers as a big anniversary near the end of Prohibition in 1933, when legal beer sales returned in the United States for the first time in 13 years.

Read the full article in the Constitution Daily blog here.



You Gotta Pay the Pig

Posted by George Butterfield on March 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

During a meeting with the Creighton Law School staff, dean-elect Paul McGreal mentioned an article entitled “You Gotta Pay the Pig.” It begins as follows:


Once upon a time, there was a young, optimistic dean.


Different ideas-terrific, embrace them!


New challenges; bring them on.

Personality-open-minded, charitable, prepared to think the best of others’ motives – a true boychik in brutish world.

Colleagues-a chance for celebrating with enthusiasm every eccentric brilliant moment.

Students-nothing but bright futures, each one a budding Darrow, Tribe, Harlan, or O’Connor.

Staff-nothing but professionals, dedicated fully to institutional goals.

Alumni-motivated troopers, prepared to give, give again, and then give until nothing is left to give.

The university-guaranteed to fund every good idea.

The Board (of Regents or Trustees)-full of trust, ready to delegate to us the authority to become the best, and upbeat about the great days ahead.


Somewhere along the line she or he (or is it I) changed.


Doubts crept in.

Cynicism felt comfortable,

Sarcasm had a wonderful tonal quality.

Others’ motives-bad!


Paranoia-a necessary survival skill because colleagues, students, alums, universities, legislators, regulators, and everyone else is out to get us.


You can read the full article by Richard A. Matasar, former President and Dean of the New York Law School, here.



A Legal Hail Mary

Posted by George Butterfield on March 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

In one of football’s last-gasp comeback plays, the “Hail Mary” pass, the losing team’s quarterback rolls back and launches the football as far as possible hoping one of his receivers can—as in the answer to a prayer—haul in the toss and win the game.

In Oklahoma last December, a high school district attempted the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary, seeking a court order to replay a portion or all of a high school playoff game. The court, however, deferred instead to the state high school athletic association, which ruled the game complete and upheld the high school team’s loss.

Read the rest of the article here.



Carrying a Gun on Campus

Posted by George Butterfield on February 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Several states already allow students to carry guns on college campuses and several more are considering it. What do you think?

Read an article on the subject here.



Supreme Court Justice Cites Dr. Seuss

Posted by George Butterfield on February 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

The case, Yates v. United States, was published February 25th. The citation occurred in the dissent which was written by Justice Kagan. You can read the case here.

The specific citation is to Dr. Seuss, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960).


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