Justiceline: March 12, 2013

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  • After a very disheartening week for judicial nominations, the Senate managed to confirm two judges Monday — one federal appeals court nominee who waited 17 months to be confirmed in spite of no known opposition, and a trial judge to the overworked District of Nevada. Last week, two nominees whose opposition had been linked back to the NRA were blocked, as Elissa Cadish — also for the District of Nevada — was held up by a single senator, and Caitlin Halligan’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was filibustered for the second time.
  • An Arizona law that bans public schools from teaching courses in ethnic studies was upheld by a federal judge as constitutional. The ruling comes in the wake of a move to eliminate the state’s Mexican-American studies program.
  • As the sequester sets in, the legal system will suffer as much as anything else. Andrew Cohen writes that even if the sequester “isn’t unconstitutional per se, it is causing an unconstitutional effect upon the swift, fair and equal administration of justice.”
  • For those who are still making the life choice to attend law school, the rankings everyone loves to hate are out today.