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How would you define “Waters of the United States”?


The Environmental Protection Agency is taking comments on its proposed rule “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act.” The proposed rule was published in the April 21, 2014 Federal Register (79 FR 22188). Comments are currently being accepted until November 14, 2014. This action was due to three Supreme Court …Read the Rest

Twitter Sues U.S. Government Over Surveillance/Transparency


Twitter has sued Eric Holder and others (acting in their official government capacity) for a declaratory judgment granting relief from prohibitions on its disclosure of more detailed information about national security surveillance requests. This is in part an effort to distinguish the company from the agreement that other internet services companies, including Google and Facebook, …Read the Rest

United States Code: Using The Supplements


As journal students know, Bluebook Table 1.1 says that when citing the United States Code, one should “Cite to U.S.C. if therein.” But sometimes the supplements can look a bit confusing. In this blog post, I hope to clear up some confusion. The first thing to know is that a new edition of the United …Read the Rest

Islamic State / ISIS / ISIL


Update (Oct. 15, 2014): “Operation Inherent Resolve” (sixty-nation coalition against IS/ISIS/ISIL) A coalition of approximately forty nations (including Arab nations, such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and UAE) is trying to destroy and dismantle the Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East. This is the group alternately referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria …Read the Rest

Scottish Independence Decision – by Law not War


Scotland will not become an independent country.* This was decided by a majority of voters, who answered a straightforward question: “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?” With two pieces of legislation “individuals 16 years and older living in Scotland” determined if Scotland would no longer be part of the United Kingdom. …Read the Rest

Ohio Sup. Ct. Commission on Professionalism Writing Guide


The Supreme Court of Ohio Commission of Professionalism publishes a series of very short best-practices guides titled “Professionalism Dos and Don’ts.” These are in the form of two lists, one of “dos” and one of “don’ts” and are each only a few pages long. It has just released a list of “Dos and Don’ts” for …Read the Rest