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Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Monday, Nov. 1

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, Nov. 1.

The US Supreme Court resumes hearing arguments today, with oral arguments in the consolidated cases of CIR v. Banks and CIR v. Banaitis (case summary from Duke Law School) scheduled for 10 AM ET. In the case, the Court will decide whether contingency fees paid to attorneys from litigation or settlement awards are taxable income. The ABA has merit briefs filed in the case. The Court will also hear arguments in Stewart v. Dutra Construction Co. (case summary from Duke Law School) this morning, in which it will consider what qualifies as a "vessel" under the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 for purposes of a marine engineer's personal injury suit against his employer. The ABA has merit briefs for the case.

Federal judges in Ohio and New Jersey are expected to rule on whether voters' qualifications may be challenged on election day. Three Ohio judges will address parts of the issue in the state. District Judge Dickinson Debevoise in New Jersey is set to rule on the legality of such challenges nationwide. Election Law at Moritz Law School has coverage of the Ohio suits. JURIST's Paper Chase has background. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has more on one of the challenges.

Hearings begin today before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay on motions by two detainees, David Hicks and Salim Hamdan. More on the military commissions is available here. The Miami Herald has more.

The US House and Senate are in recess until Tuesday, Nov. 16.

International Atomic Energy Agency Chief Mohammed El Baradei will present an annual report on nuclear programs to the UN this morning. A live webcast begins at 9:30 AM ET (via C-SPAN 3).

Today at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the appeals chamber is expected to rule on whether former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic can resume representing himself in his war-crimes trial. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the Milosevic trial. AP has more. The trials of Naser Oric, Momcilo Krajisnik, and Enver Hadzihasanovic and Amir Kubura continue. Watch a webcast of the Oric trial beginning at 3:30 AM ET (9:30 AM local time). The webcast is on a 30-minute delay for witness protection purposes. ICTY has background on the Oric trial, Krajisnik trial and the Hadzihasanoviv and Kubura trial.

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