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    June 17, 2008  


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This past weekend’s American Constitution Society convention at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill created blogospheric buzzlock, many insisting the next Attorney General walked among us—assuming an Obama administration, that is. The liberal answer to the Federalist Society has taken off since its founding in 2001, and drew no shortage of top lawyers and journalists. (Thanks to the presence of our favorite hybrid, Jeffrey Toobin, some were the same person.)


We cornered O’Melveny & Myers’ Walter Dellinger and Center for American Progress Executive Director John Podesta after Friday’s plenary panel discussing the DoJ in a new administration. Walter said he’d be satisfied if “the Geneva Convention wasn’t thought of as quaint.” John has a new book due in August, The Power of Progress, the first for Bill Clinton’s former Chief of Staff. Doesn’t sound like a Scott McClellan number.


We locked eyes with Senator Pat Leahy just before he went on stage for his keynote address. He lobbed a few applause lines, none bigger than calling several current SC justices “conservative activists.” Next month he hits the big screen with a cameo in the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight.  


Our personal heroes, people who cover the Supreme Court. New York Times Pulitzer winner Linda Greenhouse, center, is departing the Gray Lady for an appointment on the Yale Law faculty. At her sides are Legal Times’ Tony Mauro, Akin Gump’s Supreme Court practice co-head Tom Goldstein (the SCOTUS blog scribe), Slate’s jurisprudential dream girl Dahlia Lithwick and WaPo’s Bob Barnes. A big topic at their lunch panel was last week’s ruling in Boumediene v. Bush—asserting Guantanamo detainees’ rightswhich Dahlia called both a case of judicial overreaching and “an ode to the beauty of habeas corpus.”


Fannie Mae GC Beth Wilkinson and co-panelist Don Verrilli of Jenner & Block discussed the problem of ineffective counsel for criminal defendents. The consensus was lack of funding is the problem and will remain so because lawmakers are unlikely divert funds to aid criminals, who aren’t a core constituency.

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