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Afternoon Briefs: Final 4 justices named in SCOTUSblog brackets; law firms open Northern California offices

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SCOTUSblog releases final 4 justices

SCOTUSblog readers have narrowed down the list of justices in the running for the greatest U.S. Supreme Court justice of all time. The March Madness-style tournament began with a “Supreme 16” and has been culled to these justices: John Marshall vs. Antonin Scalia and Earl Warren vs. Louis Brandeis. (SCOTUSblog)

More law firms open Northern California offices

More law firms are opening offices in Northern California as a result of dropping rents. Firms that have opened offices in the area include Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Debevoise & Plimpton; Jenner & Block; and Husch Blackwell. (Reuters Legal)

NACDL raises alarm about inmate email monitoring

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is facing a lawsuit seeking more information on monitoring of inmate emails. The suit was filed by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a civil liberties clinic at the University of California at Berkeley. Federal inmates have to agree to email monitoring if they want to use the system, and that makes it difficult for lawyers to communicate with incarcerated clients, the groups said. A bill introduced in Congress, meanwhile, would require the attorney general to make sure that prison officials don’t monitor emails between prisoners and their lawyers. (NPR)

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