Laurence H. Silberman
American judge
Laurence H. Silberman
Laurence Hirsch Silberman is a senior federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was appointed in October 1985 by Ronald Reagan and took senior status on November 1, 2000. He continues to serve on the court. On June 11, 2008, Silberman was named a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor granted by the government of the United States.
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U.S. Appeal Court tosses FCC’s net neutrality rules
Financial Post - about 3 years
Verizon Communications Inc. won its challenge to U.S. open-Internet rules as an appeals court said the Federal Communications Commission overreached in barring broadband providers from slowing or blocking selected Web traffic. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington on Tuesday sent the rules back to the FCC, which may attempt to rewrite them. The rules required companies that provide high-speed Internet service over wires to treat all traffic equally. With the regulation voided, companies such as Netflix Inc. and Inc. could face new charges for the fastest connections. U.S. Circuit Judge David Tatel wrote for a three-judge panel that FCC tried to regulate Verizon and other broadband companies under the wrong legal framework. “Given that the commission has chosen to classify broadband providers in a manner that exempts them from treatment as common carriers, the Communications Act expressly prohibits the commission from nonetheless regulating them as such,” Tatel wro ...
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Verizon's Plan to Break the Internet
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Verizon has big plans for the Internet. And if that doesn't worry you, it should. The company is trying to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order, which prevents Internet service providers from blocking, throttling or otherwise discriminating against online content. And in court last Monday, Verizon lawyer Helgi Walker made the company's intentions all too clear, saying the company wants to prioritize those websites and services that are willing to shell out for better access. She also admitted that the company would like to block online content from those companies or individuals that don't pay Verizon's tolls. In other words, Verizon wants to control your online experience and make the Internet more like cable TV, where your remote offers only the illusion of choice. This approach would undermine Net Neutrality, the principle that allows us to connect and communicate online without interference. Problem Found For years, ISPs like AT&amp ...
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'Excited' Cowell, baby mama, reunite
Byron Shire News - over 3 years
SIMON Cowell’s pregnant lover, Lauren Silverman, has arrived in France for a reunion with her very famous (and very rich) beau.     
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Socialite Pregnant With Simon Cowell's Baby Tells Her Side Of The Story
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Lauren Silverman -- the woman who is pregnant with Simon Cowell's baby -- is telling close friends she is outraged at her estranged husband's "shock" that Simon was banging her ... because she says he knew what was going on the whole time and he was doing the same thing.
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Lauren Silverman Was 'Unhappy in Her Marriage' When She Met Simon Cowell
People Magazine - over 3 years
A source tells PEOPLE Lauren Silverman is "ecstatic" to be in a relationship with The X Factor judge
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Lauren Silberman Is First Woman to Try Out for NFL
ABC News - almost 4 years
Silberman says an injury prevented her from being accepted.
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One Small Step For Women, One Giant Leap For Football Kind
NPR - almost 4 years
Sunday, one woman will make history in the National Football League. Lauren Silberman, a 28-year-old life-long soccer player, will be the first woman to try out at the NFL's regional combine in New York. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Female kicker to make history at NFL tryout
CBS News - almost 4 years
Lauren Silberman, a former club soccer player at Wisconsin, will be first woman to compete at NFL regional combine
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Female kicker to compete at regional scouting combine
Houston Chronicle - about 4 years
Lauren Silberman will soon make NFL history. The 28-year-old former MIT master’s student will be the first woman to participate in the league’s regional scouting combine. Silberman hopes to put her club soccer skills to use as a place kicker in the league. But before the New York City native signs with the Giants or Jets, she’ll have to make it through the NFL’s regional scouting combine process, which debuted in 2011. Ten cities, including Houston, host regional combines from January to March. The Texans training facility hosted two tryouts this past weekend. The best players from each regional advance to the super regional competition on April 7 in Dallas. Silberman will kick on March 2 at the New Jersey regional. “I was not aware that I was the first female registrant,” Silberman told on Tuesday. “I was actually hoping that the 2012 historical milestone rule, to allow women to play, would prompt more women to attend tryouts this year. But for me, what’s important is ...
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In D.C. Circuit, Judge Calls Use of Acronyms 'Painful' (Mike Scarcella/The BLT)
Memeorandum - over 4 years
Mike Scarcella / The BLT: In D.C. Circuit, Judge Calls Use of Acronyms ‘Painful’  —  By now, if lawyers haven't already taken notice, they should: Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit isn't a big fan of abbreviations, including acronyms.  Today, the judge twice questioned the space-saving practice of shortening.
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Robert Reich: Why the Public's Growing Disdain for the Supreme Court May Help Obamacare
The Huffington Post - USA - over 4 years
The public's growing disdain of the Supreme Court increases the odds that a majority will uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare. The latest New York Times/CBS poll shows just 44 percent of Americans approve the job the Supreme Court is doing. Fully three-quarters say justices' decisions are sometimes influenced by their personal political views. The trend is clearly downward. Approval of the Court reached 66 percent in the late 1980s, and by 2000 had slipped to around 50 percent. As the Times points out, the decline may stem in part from Americans' growing distrust in recent years of major institutions in general and the government in particular. But it's just as likely to reflect a sense that the Court is more political, especially after it divided in such partisan ways in the 5-4 decisions Bush v. Gore (which decided the 2000 presidential race) and Citizens United (which in 2010 opened the floodgates to unlimited campaign spending). Americans' diminishing ...
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A Federal Appeals Court’s Nuclear Opinion Takes Lawyers to Task for Acronyms
ABA Journal - over 4 years
A federal appeals court is fed up with little-known energy acronyms like “SNF” and "NWPA." In a ruling (PDF) last week , the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit showed its irritation in its first footnote, according to The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times. The case involved a challenge to nuclear waste fees for a site to replace Yucca Mountain that has not yet been planned or built. Senior Judge Laurence Silberman wrote the opinion. The footnote cites George Orwell and the court’s Handbook of Practice and Internal Procedures, which urges parties to avoid little-known…
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This Week in Local Voices: Gluten-Free Diets, Vinyl Fence Invasion, and More
Freehold Patch - almost 5 years
Each week Patch will be taking a look at the best Local Voices posts by our area bloggers. Do you an opinion on the issues that impact your community? Do you have a skill or hobby you would like to share with your friends and neighbors? Patch has made our blogging platform easier to use. Read our blogger guidelines and click the "Write a New Blog Post" button in our blog section to get started. How Healthy Is a Gluten-Free Diet? Registered dietitian and Holmdel resident Dr. Felicia Stoler discusses whether or not a gluten-free diet is actually healthier for you. College Graduation Approaching Marlboro blogger and soon-to-be college graduate Lauren Silverman finds the thought of leaving school and entering the working world daunting. Have any advice for her? Resume Tips for College Students Career coach Michelle A. Riklan continues her resume tips series with advice for college students on building their work experience. Knitting vs. Crocheting It’s SEW Crafty ...
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Judges Seem Wary Of Overruling Tobacco Judgment
Lex 18 - almost 5 years
WASHINGTON (AP) - A bid by tobacco companies to overrule a court judgment that they must do corrective advertising about the dangers of smoking received a chilly response from a federal appeals court Friday. The companies want U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler's order overturned because a 2009 law gave the Food and Drug Administration authority over the industry, including power to require graphic cigarette warnings. In 2006, Kessler ruled that America's largest cigarette makers concealed the dangers of smoking for decades, in a civil case the government had brought under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO law. In court filings, the companies - including Philip Morris USA, the nation's largest tobacco maker - say that the 2009 law "eliminated any reasonable likelihood that defendants would commit future RICO violations," thus making the need for remedies like corrective statements moot. Judge David Sentelle, one of three judges on the appeals court panel, ...
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Doug Kendall: What a Conservative Judicial Revolution Looks Like
The Huffington Post - USA - almost 5 years
As the Supreme Court's conservative majority stands poised at the edge of a cliff -- debating whether or not to strike down the Affordable Care Act and pick a very large fight with Congress and a sitting President -- two conservative judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sought to push them over the edge last week. Their opinion -- a startling call for the abandonment of eight decades of Supreme Court case law in economic cases and a return to the pre-New Deal "Lochner Era" -- is the clearest roadmap yet as to what a conservative judicial revolution looks like. If you listened carefully to oral argument in the Supreme Court health care case, as well as the commentary that surrounded the argument, you know that the "ghost of Lochner" was ubiquitous, scaring school children and anyone who cares about the reputation and future of the Supreme Court. The Era is named after its most notorious ruling, Lochner v. New York, a 1905 case in which the Supreme Court ...
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New Volume of Essays on “Confronting Terrorism” - First Things (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... Arthur Herman, Charles Kesler, Andrew C. McCarthy, Ed Meese, Michael Mukasey, Theodore Olson, A. Raymond Randolph, Dean Reuter, Anthony Romero, Paul Rosenzweig, Laurence Silberman, Nadine Strossen, Marc Thiessen, Jonathan Turley, and Jonathan Yoo
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Former DOJ, Congressional Lawyer Joins Wilmer - The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
She's a former associate at the Washington litigation boutique Cooper & Kirk and a former clerk to Judge Laurence Silberman on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. In December, Obama nominated her for a vacancy on the Privacy and Civil Liberties
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NPR Devotes Over 4 Min. to Supposed Ethics Issues of Thomas, Scalia, Alito ... - NewsBusters (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
TOTENBERG: In response to stories suggesting ethical shortcomings by conservative justices, Judge Laurence Silberman, a well-known conservative appeals court judge, blasted critics as hypocrites, pushing phony concerns. The real ethical concern,
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Bill Puts Ethics Spotlight On Supreme Court Justices - NPR
Google News - over 5 years
In response to stories suggesting ethical shortcomings by conservative justices, Judge Laurence Silberman, a well known conservative appeals court judge, blasted critics as "hypocrites pushing phony concerns." The "real ethical concern," he said,
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On Health Care and the Constitution: When Does the High Court Step In? - Wall Street Journal (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It's [judges] Harry Edwards, Laurence Silberman, and Brett Kavanaugh. So there's a possibility they wait to see the opinions that come out of that ruling, but I think it's a remote possibility that they wait to grant certiorari in that case
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Laurence H. Silberman
  • 2008
    Age 72
    On June 11, 2008, Silberman was named a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor granted by the government of the United States.
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  • 2007
    Age 71
    In the wake of the resignation of Alberto Gonzales as United States Attorney General in 2007, Silberman was mentioned as a possible successor.
    More Details Hide Details As a judge, Silberman has authored a number of noteworthy opinions. In Parker v. District of Columbia, Silberman held that the District of Columbia’s flat ban on the registration and carrying of firearms violated the Second Amendment right “to keep and bear arms.” The case was subsequently upheld by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller. In In re Sealed Case, Silberman held that the procedures for appointing independent counsels violated the Appointments Clause of the Constitution and the separation of powers, because they interfered with the President’s ability to ensure that the laws are “faithfully executed.” This decision was subsequently reversed by the Supreme Court in Morrison v. Olson, over a vigorous dissent by Justice Antonin Scalia. After the Clinton impeachment episode, many changed their minds on this issue and praised Judge Silberman and Justice Scalia’s position.
    His first wife, Rosalie "Ricky" Gaull Silberman, co-foundress of the Independent Women's Forum, died on February 17, 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 70
    In 2006, Silberman responded at length on Michael Barone's blog to allegations made by the journalist David Brock in the book Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative.
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  • 2004
    Age 68
    On February 6, 2004, Silberman was appointed co-chairman of the Iraq Intelligence Commission, an independent blue-ribbon panel created to investigate U.S. intelligence surrounding the United States' 2003 invasion of Iraq and Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
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  • 2002
    Age 66
    Silberman received the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award for the 2002-2003 academic year.
    More Details Hide Details He has also received a Lifetime Service Award (2006) and a Distinguished Service Award (2007) from the Federalist Society chapters of Georgetown and Harvard, respectively.
    He was a member of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review at the time of its first ever session in 2002.
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  • 1987
    Age 51
    He was an Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law at Georgetown University Law Center from 1987 to 1994 and from 1997 to 1999, at NYU from 1995 to 1996, and at Harvard in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details He currently holds the position of Distinguished Visitor from the Judiciary at Georgetown University Law Center and teaches both administrative law and labor law.
    Silberman was on the short list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court on three separate occasions in 1987, 1990, and 1991.
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  • 1981
    Age 45
    From 1981 to 1985, he served as a member of the General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament and the Defense Policy Board.
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  • 1980
    Age 44
    During the 1980 Presidential campaign, he was co-chairman of Governor Reagan’s foreign policy advisors.
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  • 1975
    Age 39
    President Gerald Ford appointed Silberman as Ambassador to Yugoslavia from 1975 to 1977.
    More Details Hide Details At that same time, he also served as the Presidential Special Envoy for International Labor Organization Affairs. As Ambassador, he succeeded in freeing an American, Laszlo Toth, who had been falsely imprisoned by the regime as a “CIA agent,” by putting pressure on both the Yugoslav regime and the State Department.
  • 1974
    Age 38
    As Deputy Attorney General of the United States from 1974 to 1975, Silberman was tasked with reviewing J.
    More Details Hide Details Edgar Hoover's secret files, which he has described as "the single worst experience of my long governmental service." Silberman also served briefly as Acting Attorney General during the Watergate crisis, an experience he has described as awkward: "We were simultaneously carrying out President Nixon's agenda and supporting those who were vigorously prosecuting him."
  • 1972
    Age 36
    As Undersecretary, he repeatedly clashed with Charles “Chuck” Colson, and Silberman tendered his resignation, compelling the hiring of a black regional director in New York in 1972.
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  • 1969
    Age 33
    His government service includes stints as an attorney in the NLRB's appellate section, as Solicitor of the Department of Labor from 1969 to 1970, and as Undersecretary of Labor from 1970 to 1973.
    More Details Hide Details As Solicitor, he was largely responsible for developing the requirement of goals and timetables as an enforcement device for the affirmative action order. He subsequently regretted his stance, writing that “Our use of numerical standards in pursuit of equal opportunity has led to the very quotas guaranteeing equal results that we initially wished to avoid.” He also led the development of legislation to implement “final offer selection” as a means of resolving labor disputes.
  • 1957
    Age 21
    He served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1958.
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    Silberman graduated from Dartmouth College in 1957 and Harvard Law School in 1961.
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  • 1935
    Born on October 12, 1935.
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