* Joel Cohen tackles a tricky issue: how far should a lawyer go when defending a controversial client — e.g., Bill Cosby — in the court of public opinion? [Law and Crime]
* How much does being a conservative or libertarian hurt you when applying for a position as a law professor? James C. Phillips attempts to quantify the “rank gap.” [SSRN]
* Some thoughts on the case involving 3D-printer gunmaking instructions, from Eugene Volokh — who, not surprisingly, has a take that’s a bit more nuanced than Elie Mystal’s. [Volokh Conspiracy / Reason]
* Happy blogiversary to Artificial Lawyer — a great resource for anyone interested in the intersection of AI and the law. [Artificial Lawyer]
* C. Boyden Gray, a former White House Counsel, offers a clear and persuasive explanation of why seeing all the documents that Brett Kavanaugh sent or received during his time as White House Staff Secretary isn’t going to aid in evaluation of his SCOTUS nomination. [The Hill]
* From leading Supreme Court lawyer Lisa Blatt: “I’m a Liberal Feminist Lawyer. Here’s Why Democrats Should Support Judge Kavanaugh.” [Politico]
* And here’s more support for the SCOTUS nominee, from Kathryn Cherry, a former Kavanaugh clerk (and an African-American woman — one of Judge Kavanaugh’s many female or minority clerks).