Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Random Legally-Related Snippets

You can help Harriet Miers get ready by sending her your Con Law study guides, outlines, casebooks, or old exams.
Seems to have been created by Jeremy Blachman.
Law Teaching Interview Advice.

The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–20001. Professor Yin posts on which he's read:

#5 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
#7 Harry Potter series
#13 The Catcher in the Rye
#22 A Wrinkle in Time
#41 To Kill a Mockingbird
#47 Flowers for Algernon
#52 Brave New World
#69 Slaughter-House Five
#70 Lord of the Flies
#84 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Here's my count, sans rankings:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
Forever by Judy Blume
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Blubber by Judy Blume
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Deenie by Judy Blume
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Cujo by Stephen King
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Carrie by Stephen King
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

One question: challenged by whom and on what grounds and for what grade level? I somehow can't picture kindergarteners doing Slaughterhouse Five, so I suppose I'd complain if the kindergarten teacher assigned it, and I owned one of those kindergarten-types. Is there some standard of "unreasonably challenged" or does every parental complaint about a book rack up a point?

Daniel Drezner on blogging and tenure.

The Roberts court just allowed a Missouri inmate to obtain an abortion, if she wants one and can pay for it:
This was the first abortion controversy at the Supreme Court in which Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., participated. Although there were no recorded dissents from the order denying the stay request of Missouri officials, that did not necessarily mean that all nine Justices had voted in favor of the order. The actual vote was not disclosed. Had Roberts not participated, that would have been noted, under the Court's usual practice.

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