This Week by the Numbers: The Most Liberal Justice and Going Solo on the Cheap

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Who is the most liberal Supreme Court justice? According to The New York Times, that would be Elena Kagan. A Times analysis of data from the Supreme Court Database showed that 70.4 percent of Justice Kagan’s votes during the Supreme Court term that ended in June 2013 were considered liberal. On the other end of the spectrum is Justice Samuel Alito, 69 percent of whose votes were considered conservative.

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The Eleventh Circuit revived seven race discrimination claims from black employees of a shipyard owned by Austal, an Australian shipbuilding company, in Mobile, Ala. The seven men accused their supervisors and co-workers of writing racist graffiti on the walls of the men’s restroom at the yard and calling them the N-word, “boy” and “monkey.” The appeals court originally considered claims from 23 men but dismissed 16 of them after ruling that a plaintiff could not use a co-worker’s abuse to show that his or her workplace was hostile.

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This term, the Supreme Court took on six patent cases from the Federal Circuit–more than it has heard during any single nine-month term since the appeals court took charge of handling patent cases in 1982.

$750

Want to go solo, but afraid of the cost? Lawyer Liz Araguás, a guest blogger on MyShingle, explains how to start the law firm of You, You and You LLC for under a grand. Not bad, right?

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How many Supreme Court justices are millionaires? According to their 2013 financial disclosures, it’s a whopping eight out of nine. Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are at the top of the heap; each has a net worth of between $5 million and $20 million. The least wealthy justice is Anthony Kennedy–though what he lacks in wealth, he makes up for in (swing vote) power.

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21 death row inmates in Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit arguing that the state’s three-drug lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional and poses grave risk of “severe pain, needless suffering and a lingering death.” Citing the botched execution of Clayton D. Lockett on April 29, the suit asks that the inmates’ executions be halted, contending that conducting an execution by the same method used for Lockett would amount to turning prisoners into human experiments.

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