Non-Sequiturs: 03.02.18

To Kill A Mockingbird: overrated?

* Which Supreme Court justice wrote the most dissents over the last 30 or so years? The answer might surprise you. (My guesses came in second and third.) [Empirical SCOTUS]

* Does the latest constitutional challenge to Obamacare have merit? The 20 states are right on one issue and wrong on another, Ilya Somin explains. [Volokh Conspiracy / Reason]

* Ann Althouse makes the case against To Kill A Mockingbird. [Althouse]

* Litigation finance and class actions: two great tastes that taste great together? Professor Brian Fitzpatrick breaks it down. [SSRN]

* Artificial intelligence is all the rage, but what should lawyers actually look for when it comes to AI-enabled products? Daniel Lewis, co-founder of Ravel Law (now part of LexisNexis), offers his insights. [Dewey B Strategic]

* As a new dad, I find the notion of prosecuting a parent for improper car-seat installation deeply disturbing — especially after the defendant mom lost her daughter, an already horrific punishment for that mistake. [Slate]

* Has the Trump Administration drained the swamp, or made it more swampy than ever? The latter — at least if you view Biglaw partners as swamp creatures. [The Nation]

* Utah legislators try their hand at “Schoolhouse Rock,” and the result is… something. [Twitter (@RobertMaguire_)]

* Another interesting use case for blockchain: solving IP challenges. [Artificial Lawyer]

DBL square headshotDavid Lat is editor at large and founding editor of Above the Law, as well as the author of Supreme Ambitions: A Novel. He previously worked as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New Jersey; a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. You can connect with David on Twitter (@DavidLat), LinkedIn, and Facebook, and you can reach him by email at

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