* Combining April Fools’ Day, tax season, and furry pets into a single joke. Well played, sir. [TaxProf Blog] * Booooo! This spoilsport argues that judges should stop issuing benchslaps. We disagree. [SSRN] * Prepare to have your worldview shaken: Richard Nixon and William Rehnquist are actually the ones responsible for paving the path for transgender rights. [Slate] * This term, the Supreme Court is on track for the fewest signed opinions in recent history. Take a detailed look at the Court’s first 19 decisions. [Empirical SCOTUS] * President Obama is taking the fight over Merrick Garland to UChicago Law. [Huffington Post] * A judge is allowing a lawsuit against a Northwestern’s journalism school to go forward. The suit alleges the school’s “innocence project” uses unethical practices in its wrongful conviction investigations. [Journal-ism] * Get the rundown on the rules that will govern the GOP convention and the establishment’s last stand against Trump. [Lawyers, Guns and Money]








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