July 2009

  • Bar Exams

    Bar Exam Open Thread: So How Did Day One Go?

    Tomorrow we’ll discover what our God in heaven has in store,One more dawn,One more day,One day more! [FN1] All day, I’ve been asking my hippocampus to produce one clear memory about what I did between day one and day two of the bar exam. All I came up with was the momentary feeling of depression […]

    / Jul 28, 2009 at 5:55 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.28.09

    * I’m not one to talk about typos, the passive voice, and other mistakes. But Vanity Fair is. [Vanity Fair] * Defamation over a tweet? This can’t be what the world is coming to. [True/Slant] * Best. Health care revenue enhancement. Ever. [TaxProf Blog] * Long Island Law is booming! They should make a t.v. […]

    7 Comments / / Jul 28, 2009 at 5:25 PM
  • Law Schools

    (Future) Law Student of the Day: Hip hop groom Kevin Heinz

    Last month, Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson got married in Minnesota. They posted their wedding march video to YouTube earlier this month and it’s gone viral. We’ve been looking for an excuse to post the hip hop wedding sensation, and a kind tipster furnished us with the excuse, telling us the somersaulting groom is heading […]

    121 Comments / / Jul 28, 2009 at 4:41 PM
  • Attorney Misconduct, Bar Exams, Celebrities, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Hotties, Legal Ethics, Media and Journalism, Reader Polls

    Elizabeth Wurtzel Calling Herself a ‘Lawyer': A Reader Poll

    Yesterday we heard from legal ethics experts about whether Elizabeth Wurtzel’s referring to herself as a “lawyer,” despite not having passed the bar yet, could get her in trouble. The two we consulted, Professors Steven Lubet and Stephen Gillers, did not see it as a big deal. There’s an interesting follow-up over at Gawker, which […]

    107 Comments / / Jul 28, 2009 at 3:50 PM
  • 2nd Circuit, Harvard, Harvard Law Review, Securities and Exchange Commission, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 7.19: Editorial Indiscretion

    The current online front page of the NYT weddings section is worth a click. The head blurb leads with “Despite their differences in age . . . ” underneath a picture of a 20-something bride embracing a “groom” who appears to be about nine years old. “Differences in age,” indeed. Somebody alert Morality in Media! […]

    / Jul 28, 2009 at 3:05 PM
  • Job Searches

    Some Top Law Firms Will Not Interview At Yale

    It is not unusual for some top firms to decline to interview at Yale Law School. The school is so small, and quite frankly some firms know that they are not going to attract Yale talent. That said, in this market some firms are unsure about what to do with fall recruiting. Is pulling out […]

    76 Comments / / Jul 28, 2009 at 2:05 PM
  • Harvard, Tax Law

    Gatesgate: Tax Troubles

    All the attention recently showered upon Harvard celebrity professor Henry Louis Gates since his arrest earlier this month has resulted in the discovery of tax problems at a foundation he created and oversees. Read more and comment over at Going Concern. Henry Louis Gates Can’t Catch a Break [Going Concern]

    / Jul 28, 2009 at 1:48 PM
  • Deferral Stipend, Summer Associates

    Good News for Ropes & Gray’s Future Associates

    It seems like the summer associates just arrived, yet many are already packing up their Biglaw bags to head back to school. This may be due in part to shorter summer associate programs this year, but that’s besides the point. Summer associates departing the offices of Ropes & Gray have big smiles plastered on their […]

    73 Comments / / Jul 28, 2009 at 1:01 PM
  • Bar Exams, Marijuana

    Bar Exam Open Thread: Day One Break Question

    I hope you all enjoyed your bar exam day one morning session. For your lunch break, I have a real-life legal question I just picked up off of the street, standing in front of the Breaking Media offices in Nolita: You are standing outside your office on a crowded street. Construction workers, residents, and even […]

    107 Comments / / Jul 28, 2009 at 12:28 PM
  • Sonia Sotomayor

    Breaking: Sotomayor Approved By Senate Judiciary Committee

    Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the Second Circuit won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee just now. The vote was 13 – 6. All 12 Democrats, plus Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, voted for her. She’ll now move on to the Senate floor for a vote of the full chamber. Congratulations, Judge Sotomayor. Senate Judiciary Committee votes […]

    29 Comments / / Jul 28, 2009 at 12:01 PM
  • Gay Marriage, Lesbians, Rape, Weirdness

    Same-Sex Marriage Legal Troubles in Massachusetts

    We’ve covered the legislative twists and turns of same-sex marriage fairly closely here at ATL. But there was one notable court case we missed back in March. We thought Dr. Li-Ann Thio’s description of anal sex as “shoving a straw up your nose to drink” was graphic, but this article by the Register on attempted […]

    41 Comments / / Jul 28, 2009 at 11:16 AM
  • Law Schools, Lawyer of the Day, LSAT, Police, UVA Law, Violence

    Law Student of the Day: UVA Law Student Spitter

    We all know gunners who spit hot fire at professors. But we rarely see gunners who spit at the police. According to the Charlottesville police, one UVA law student can roll both ways. From Newsplex: A Charlottesville woman is facing felony assault charges after an altercation with a police officer on Thursday. Elisabeth Epps, 29, […]

    / Jul 28, 2009 at 10:06 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 07.28.09

    * Thanks to the Governator’s intervention, the California Supreme Court decided yesterday that paralyzed UC Davis Law grad, Sara Granda, will be able to take the bar exam today. We hope she studied. [Sacramento Bee] * Sotomayor vote today at 10 a.m. [Washington Post] * Massachusetts college students being tried for illegal music downloading got […]

    16 Comments / / Jul 28, 2009 at 9:05 AM
  • Bar Exams

    Good Luck on the Bar Exam!

    Here are some last-minute tips for those of you taking the bar exam this week: 1. Get a good night’s sleep. 2. Set out your clothes for tomorrow, and everything else you’ll need for the exam, before you go to bed. 3. Relax; don’t dwell on the bar exam horror stories. They’ll just freak you […]

    143 Comments / / Jul 27, 2009 at 6:44 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.27.09

    * Just for Captain Canuck, we acknowledge that the differences between Canadian law and American law are about more than what you can legally do with a moose. [Legal Lad] * The movement to ban anonymous commenters failed to gain another follower, but anonymous insults are still pretty wussy. [Simple Justice] * The fair use […]

    10 Comments / / Jul 27, 2009 at 6:04 PM
  • Job Searches, Start Dates, Summer Associates

    DLA Piper: Pushes Back Current Summers Like Weil, Delays 2010 Summer Recruiting Like Orrick

    DLA Piper, one of the biggest law firms in the country (and the world), has added its voice to the changing nature of Biglaw summer programs. In a letter sent to law school deans and career service officers (and obtained by Above the Law), DLA Piper announced it was deferring its current summers and delaying […]

    52 Comments / / Jul 27, 2009 at 5:21 PM
  • Drugs, Fashion, Marijuana

    Pot and Polos

    Here’s a story that might interest the “legalize cannabis” crowd. From our friends at Fashionista: This is turning into the summer of the fashion crowd running into trouble with the law. Last week, a major drug bust went down in Ralph Lauren’s tony New Canaan, CT store. The stock manager, 34-year-old Ricky Sullins, was arrested […]

    / Jul 27, 2009 at 4:42 PM
  • Attorney Misconduct, Celebrities, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Hotties, Legal Ethics

    Elizabeth Wurtzel: Can She Call Herself a ‘Lawyer’ Without Having Passed the Bar?

    To those of you getting ready to take the bar exam this week, here’s some reassurance for you: even if you fail, life goes on. Consider this list of famous failures, people who didn’t pass the bar exam but went on to tremendous success anyway. And here’s another boldface name who failed the bar: Elizabeth […]

    76 Comments / / Jul 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM