The White House has officially announced the nomination of Cass Sunstein to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management and Budget. OIRA is responsible for reducing government paperwork and performing cost-benefit analyses of federal regulations. Sunstein, currently at Harvard Law School, taught at the University of Chicago Law School for 27 years.
U.S. District Judge James B. Moran has passed away at the age of 78. Moran was appointed to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. He served as chief judge of the Northern District of Illinois for five years before his retirement in 1995. Prior to serving in the judiciary, Moran was a member of the Illinois General Assembly.
In 2008, the ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter honored Judge Moran as a "Legal Legend" for his exceptional career dedicated to furthering progressive values and ensuring the rule of law.
On April 22, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Ricci v. DeStefano, a case that examines the ability of employers to safeguard equal opportunity in employment testing. This important case marks the first time in decades that the Court will examine a public employer’s consideration of race in hiring or promotions.
Coming back from a two-week spring recess, Congress's breakneck pace of Obama's first hundred days in office is giving way to the long-term work of pushing large projects through committees. Among them are bills for energy, climate change, and healthcare.
What do Ken Starr, Ted Olson, and Larry Tribe have in common? No, this is not the set-up for a "two conservatives and a liberal walked into a bar" joke. Instead, Starr, Olson (two fixtures at the Federalist Society) and Tribe (a leading progressive jurist) all agree on something: they have all endorsed Harold Koh (pictured below) as President Obama's choice for the position of legal adviser at the State Department.