Monday, February 27, 2017

Advice about Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy

Legal English in Hong Kong has produced a series of short interviews about legal writing and oral advocacy. Particularly interesting is the advice from The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, current Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. Part one of his advice is here, 8 min, subtitles, transcript available. Part two is here, 4 min, subtitles, transcript available. Spoiler: the short answer to the question of what makes good legal writing is brevity.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Shot Was Fired in Texas But Killed in Mexico

Can a border patrol agent standing in Texas who shot a young man just on the other side of the Mexican border be sued for damages in the U.S.? NPR's Nina Totenberg has two stories about this case argued yesterday before the U.S. Supreme Court, one just before oral argument on February 21, and one just after.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Presidential Executive Order about Immigration

A video of the oral arguments that led to Judge Robart's ruling which temporarily restrained the enforcement of the Executive Order about immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries can be found here.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

A Language Lesson about the U.S. Immigration Ban

BBC's Learning English -- News Review-- site has a language lesson about President Trump's sacking/firing of Sally Yates, acting attorney general, who refused to apply his immigration ban. The lesson examines the terms "sack" "fire" "defy" and "betrayal". 8 min.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Nomination of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice 

NPR’s Nina Totenberg's presentation of the nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and the Senate battle that is on the horizon can be found here. 3 min, 47 sec, transcript available

Thursday, January 19, 2017

UK Supreme Court --Wheelchairs vs Buggies and -- Brexit

The UK Supreme Court has decided a case involving the rights of wheelchair users on buses. You can watch the judgment summary being read here. 6 minutes, no transcript, but a press summary is available here. You can also watch the case being argued - the morning (about 3 hours) and the afternoon (about 90 minutes) hearings. No transcripts. A BBC story with the wheelchair users’ point of view about this ruling can be found here.
The court has announced that its judgment on the Brexit case will be given Tuesday 24 January. It will be streamed live beginning at 9:45.
The video of the reading of the judgment can be found here.

More About "The Slants"

NPR's Nina Totenburg presents the case about the rock group The Slants (Lee v. Tam) on All Things Considered just after oral arguments on Wednesday. You can find the report here. 3 min 58 sec, transcript available. You can also find the transcript of the oral arguments, but not the recording, here. Lots of conditionals ("Could the government...") and hypotheticals ("if it was based on viewpoint..." "If our client had sought to register... "Let's say you had a government program..." "If you were to use...").
The recording of the oral arguments and a very useful transcript that scrolls above the recording line can be found here.