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To score points with a federal judge, one might try praising a certain school in Boston. According to data posted on The Leiter Reports, Harvard has 95 graduates on the federal bench — nearly twice as many as No. 2, Yale (49). The list of top producers includes many interesting data points, including the No. 10 spot, shared by Howard University, UC-Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania, with 15 federal jurists apiece … Are there too many secrets in Tax Court? The U.S. Supreme Court granted cert Monday to two related cases that question whether the court denies defendants their due process rights by denying them access to Special Trial Judge reports. Rule 183, as the TaxProf Blog notes, pertains to cases involving $50,000 or more �- in the cases at hand, $30 million … The death of a grown child may be emotionally devastating, but it is no longer grounds for a wrongful-death suit in Washington. The state’s Supreme Court voted 7-2 last week to overturn a groundbreaking Superior Court decision that had allowed the parents of a 22-year-old bicycle messenger to collect $1.8 million for the loss of his emotional and psychological support. The court carved out an exception for parents who depend financially on their offspring … A minor’s legal rights are often best protected with a parent in the room, the Arizona Supreme Court has confirmed. The court tossed the confession of a 16-year-old who admitted to bringing a sawed-off shotgun to school. His mother had wanted to join him during his interrogation, but was kept out of the room for the sake of convenience … Is it illegal file-sharing, or just spreading the gospel? The Yale Law Meme wondered if copy norms vary with other types of music, after noting a New York Times report that some fans of Christian music feel their faith endorses free downloads of religious songs. – Lori Patel

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