Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal is in the hot seat right now, having been reappointed to the post by Mayor Betsy Hodges, because she said the city could contribute $150 million and stadium opponents disagree. Minneapolis resident David Bicking accused her of bowing to political pressure from former mayor R.T. Rybak, a downright defamatory comment. Nevertheless, the Ways and Means Committee voted to approve her reappointment, and the whole council is expected to vote on Friday. The story is here.
Attorney Michelle McDonald sounds like a conspiracy theorist, alleging a cover-up of the alleged failure of Judge Caroline Lennon to take an oath of office. It’s apparently her way of getting the judge off her client’s divorce case. The client is angry because the judge sentenced him to 90 days for contempt. It must be said that McDonald is also viewed as a strong advocate for clients, particularly Sandra Grazzini Rucki, the client for whom she was detained, put in a cell and then returned to court handcuffed to a wheel chair.
Seth Leventhal at Minnesota Litigator talked with U.S. District Court Judge Joan Ericksen about diversity jurisdiction. He reports, “she suggested that a litigant pleading diversity of citizenship in these complex circumstances does not have to have these sometimes impossible to discover inter-relationships and sub-relationships hammered out before filing suit (particularly impossible when the defendants are not interested in cooperating with any investigation of course). Judge Ericksen’s upshot: Minnesota litigators must, however, be aware of the issue, must take steps to meet the requirements of diversity jurisdiction and, if there are open questions, there is always the later possibility of jurisdictional discovery (where defendants will not have the luxury of being able to refuse to cooperate). Got it?
Sam Glover advises on oral argument here. He says to get away from your outline and break your argument into modules and memorize it. He doesn’t say anything specific about not reading it but he wouldn’t suggest memorizing it if he wanted you to read it.