How Appealing

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

“FSU colleagues, friends, family remember Markel”: Sean Rossman of The Tallahassee Democrat has a news update that begins, “Slain Florida State University College of Law professor Dan Markel’s reputation as a publishing dynamo and generous academic with boundless talent played second string to memories of his personal charms at a memorial held in his honor Tuesday.”

And earlier today, Florida’s Capitol News Service had a report headlined “No answers in law professor’s death 2 months later.”

Posted at 9:42 PM by Howard Bashman

The Eleventh Circuit adjusts to having two judges with the last name Pryor: As shown in a published opinion issued today, Circuit Judge William H. Pryor, Jr. will be shown in the listing of judges as “William Pryor.”

As part of today’s ruling, Judge Pryor issued an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part. And the majority opinion, which has a snappy opening paragraph, appears to be the first published majority opinion written by Circuit Judge Robin S. Rosenbaum.

Posted at 9:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“Iowa Supreme Court allows telemed-abortion system to continue”: The Des Moines Register has a news update that begins, “The Iowa Supreme Court decided today to let Planned Parenthood of the Heartland continue using its controversial video-conferencing method for dispensing abortion pills — for the time being.”

Posted at 8:20 PM by Howard Bashman

Federal appellate judges have daughters too: And sometimes one serves in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Today, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL), the daughter of Senior Eleventh Circuit Judge Joel F. Dubina, issued a news release titled “Domestic Abuse Cannot Be Tolerated; Judicial disciplinary process must play out.”

In news coverage, Mary Troyan of The Montgomery Advertiser has a news update headlined “Roby: Judge Mark Fuller deserves no special treatment.”

And has a report headlined “Rep. Martha Roby on Mark Fuller: ‘This is a very serious matter … domestic abuse cannot be tolerated.’

Posted at 8:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Kansas justices dive into ballot dispute with Kobach, Taylor; Shawnee County DA attempting to exit Senate campaign”: Tim Carpenter of The Topeka Capital-Journal has this news update.

Dave Helling of The Kansas City Star has a news update headlined “Kansas high court hears Chad Taylor’s plea to get off Senate ballot.”

Bryan Lowry of The Wichita Eagle has a news update headlined “Justices question why Democrat Chad Taylor can’t withdraw from Senate race.”

The Associated Press reports that “Kansas judges question why Democrat kept on ballot.”

And at his “Election Law Blog,” Rick Hasen has a post titled “Live Blogging #KSSEN Taylor v. Kobach: Analysis.”

Posted at 12:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“A Guantanamo Test Case for the ‘New’ D.C. Circuit”: Steve Vladeck has this post today at the “Just Security” blog.

Posted at 11:16 AM by Howard Bashman

Today is the official publication date of my wife’s first novel, “Predator“: In addition to everything else she does, my wife — Janice Gable Bashman — is a published author. And today is the publication date of her first novel.

You can view the book cover at this link. The book, a young adult novel, is available for order on Amazon in paperback and e-reader formats.

According to Suspense Magazine, “Every twist and fascinating revelation fell into place smoothly, with an ending that will leave readers wanting more. With this kind of originality on the page, it is exciting to speculate at the surprises Bashman will unveil next.”

Posted at 11:14 AM by Howard Bashman

“The Fall of the House of Boggs: The bizarre Ecuadorean lawsuit that destroyed a Washington institution.” Paul M. Barrett has this article online at Politico Magazine.

Posted at 11:02 AM by Howard Bashman

“Kansas election law looms large in US Senate race”: The Associated Press has a report that begins, “The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Democrat who wants to drop out of the U.S. Senate race must stay on the ballot, a dispute that could have a big effect on Republicans recapturing a Senate majority.”

Posted at 10:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“Patriot Awards Gala recognizes well-known names for dedication to U.S. Military”: The Daily Beacon, the student newspaper of the University of Tennessee, has this report. According to the article, “The awards show culminated with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Patriot Award, the most distinguished recognition the society offers. The 2014 Patriot Award went to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for his dissenting opinion on the Stolen Valor Act.”

And yesterday,’s “Law Blog” had a post titled “Justice Alito Urges Congress to Protect Nation’s Military Honors System.”

You can access online the video of Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.’s remarks at the event via this link (beginning at approximately the 20-minute mark).

Posted at 9:58 AM by Howard Bashman

“U.S. Supreme Court Justice To Oklahoma Audience: ‘There Is Value To Failure.'” KGOU, an NPR station at the University of Oklahoma, posted online at this link the audio of “Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fireside chat with students and faculty of the University of Oklahoma College Of Law on September, 12, 2014.”

Posted at 9:48 AM by Howard Bashman

Change of address: On Oct. 1, 2014, “How Appealing” will have a new online address and a new online host. The exciting details — including my plan for a new monthly recurring blog feature — will be announced both here and via this blog’s Twitter feed in the very near future. If you show up here on Wednesday, October 1st and no one’s home, simply access this blog Twitter feed, which will then display the blog’s new online location.

“How Appealing” has proudly been a part of the blog network since April 20, 2006. As I noted in this post from February 2014, the blog network is officially terminating at the end of this month, precipitating this blog’s impending change of address and new online host.

Posted at 9:33 AM by Howard Bashman