Thursday round-up

Thursday round-upBriefly: To mark the 25th anniversary of Justice Clarence Thomas’ appointment to the Supreme Court, the Yale Law Journal offers a collection of essays exploring various aspects of Thomas’ jurisprudence. Counting to 5 (podcast) features “the second part of a two part look at the Court’s unanimous June 19th decision in Matal v. Tam, … the […]

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Thursday round-up

Briefly:

  • To mark the 25th anniversary of Justice Clarence Thomas’ appointment to the Supreme Court, the Yale Law Journal offers a collection of essays exploring various aspects of Thomas’ jurisprudence.
  • Counting to 5 (podcast) features “the second part of a two part look at the Court’s unanimous June 19th decision in Matal v. Tam, … the case about the Asian-American rock band The Slants and their battle with the PTO to trademark their band name.”
  • At the Associated Press, Sharon Cohen and Adam Geller recount the results of a 50-state survey assessing “how judges and prosecutors, lawmakers and parole boards are re-examining juvenile lifer cases” in the wake of recent Supreme Court decisions “find[ing] that the harshest punishments given to adults are unconstitutionally cruel and unusual when imposed on teens”; Cohen and Geller conclude that “[t]he odds of release or continued imprisonment vary from state to state, even county to county, in a pattern that can make justice seem arbitrary.”
  • In The University of Pennsylvania’s Regulatory Review, law student Leah Wong looks at the court’s decision this term in in Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., which held that a feature of a useful article is copyrightable if it can be perceived as a separately protectable work.

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