David Lat

  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 8.23.06

    * So the ethics issue raised against the NSA surveillance case judge, Anna Diggs Taylor, may be much ado about nothing. But the opinion still sucks. [Volokh Conspiracy; New York Times] * Guys: whatever you do, don’t date a litigatrix. [Forbes via DealBreaker] * Skadden gobbles up more space from the Conde Nasties. [New York […]

    0 Comments / / Aug 23, 2006 at 3:55 PM
  • 8th Circuit

    So That’s Why They Call It the “Show Me” State

    Driving through the great state of Missouri just got a little more interesting, thanks to the Sixth Circuit: A Missouri law barring sexually oriented businesses from advertising within a mile of the state’s highways unconstitutionally limits commercial free speech, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of […]

    0 Comments / / Aug 22, 2006 at 4:17 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 8.22.06

    * The Crackberry class action: it’s only a matter of time. [DealBreaker] * Interested in Manatt, Phelps & Phillips because of its sexy entertainment practice? Watch out — you might get stuck doing health care law. [National Law Journal] * A restaurant coalition has filed a lawsuit arguing that the Chicago City Council’s ban on […]

    0 Comments / / Aug 22, 2006 at 3:18 PM
  • Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: 8.22.06

    Lateral moves: * Corporate lawyer T. Robert Zochowski Jr., to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, from Shearman & Sterling (where he had headed the structured finance group). * Jonathan Marshall, to Fish & Richardson (as senior counsel), from Weil Gotshal & Manges. * Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez, to Weil, Gotshal & Manges (litigation/regulatory department), from SAI […]

    0 Comments / / Aug 22, 2006 at 2:06 PM
  • Kronish Lieb, Law Firm Mergers, Weddings

    And What About Mr. Lieb?

    Merger mania continues inside the world of Biglaw. Here’s the latest pair of firms to tie the knot: Cooley Godward LLP, a 445-lawyer law firm known for its representation of West Coast technology companies, plans to merge with Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman LLP, a 110-lawyer New York firm specializing in commercial litigation, bankruptcy and […]

    0 Comments / / Aug 22, 2006 at 1:21 PM
  • Breasts, Drugs, Hotties, Marijuana

    Allison Margolin: “Lawyer Hot”

    Today’s Los Angeles Times has a profile of L.A. lawyer Allison Margolin. The article describes Margolin as “star-struck, young and unorthodox,” but also “Ivy League, savvy and successful.” The title of the piece — “A Law Unto Herself” — may promise more than the article delivers. But there are still some interesting tidbits: Matt Farrell, […]

    2 Comments / / Aug 22, 2006 at 12:19 PM
  • Dreier, Milberg Weiss, Musical Chairs

    Milberg Weiss Death Watch: Finally Flatlining?

    It’s been a few weeks since our last report on the much-maligned Milberg Weiss. So here’s the latest news about the plaintiff’s class-action firm that everyone loves to hate: The bleeding continues at Milberg Weiss Bershad & Shulman. [Last] week, four partners — Bruce Bernstein, Brian Kerr, Dan Scotti and Lee Weiss — announced they […]

    3 Comments / / Aug 21, 2006 at 1:33 PM
  • Lunacy

    And You Thought American Judges Were Crazy

    And now, a dispatch from our ancestral homeland, the Philippines: A Philippine judge who said he consulted imaginary mystic dwarves has failed to convince the Supreme Court to allow him to keep his job. Florentino Floro was appealing against a three-year inquiry which led to his removal due to incompetence and bias. He told investigators […]

    1 Comment / / Aug 21, 2006 at 12:46 PM
  • 2nd Circuit, Court of Federal Claims, Judith Rogers, Shira Scheindlin, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: August 20, 2006

    Wow — a whole lot of lawyers got married last weekend. And some of them are very impressive people. Like William Michael, a Yale law grad who will be clerking for the prestige-oozing Second Circuit. And Matthew Schwartz, who clerked for Judge Shira Scheindlin (S.D.N.Y.) from 2002 to 2004 — and lived to tell the […]

    1 Comment / / Aug 21, 2006 at 11:56 AM
  • Crime, Perverts, Sex Scandals, Sexual Harassment, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge Donald Thompson: Underneath His Robe

    Judge Donald Thompson — remember him? The Oklahoma state court judge who was packing a penis pump underneath that robe? Well, here’s the latest development in his fall from grace: A former judge convicted of exposing himself while presiding over jury trials by using a sexual device under his robe was sentenced Friday to four […]

    5 Comments / / Aug 18, 2006 at 3:42 PM
  • Eavesdropping / Wiretapping, Federal Judges, Morning Docket, Tobacco / Smoking

    Morning Docket: 8.18.06

    * A federal judge in Detroit — Judge Anna Diggs Taylor (E.D. Mich.) — has struck down the NSA warrantless wiretapping program as unconstitutional. The Justice Department is appealing. [New York Times; Washington Post; Los Angeles Times] * A federal judge in Washington, D.C. — Judge Gladys Kessler (D.D.C.) — has ruled against major cigarette […]

    0 Comments / / Aug 18, 2006 at 9:38 AM
  • Judicial Divas, Shira Scheindlin

    Happy Birthday, Judge Scheindlin

    We briefly linked to this item yesterday, but now we have a little more to add. Here’s what the New York Post reported: [Organized crime defendant John “Junior”] Gotti helped Manhattan federal Judge Shira Scheindlin celebrate her 60th birthday by serenading her from his seat at the defense table yesterday. “I led the attack,” Gotti […]

    0 Comments / / Aug 18, 2006 at 9:06 AM
  • Dick Grasso, Eliot Spitzer, Non-Sequiturs, Shira Scheindlin

    Non-Sequiturs: 8.17.06

    * John Faso, the Republican candidate for New York governor, calls out Eliot Spitzer for his Dick Grasso grandstanding. Ha. [DealBreaker] * Wow, this is weird: John “Junior” Gotti serenades Judge Shira Scheindlin on her 60th birthday. [New York Post] * Musical chairs in legal academia: a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on. [Concurring Opinions] […]

    0 Comments / / Aug 17, 2006 at 4:50 PM
  • Judge of the Day, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Above the Law Judge of the Day: Paul Zellerbach

    California Superior Court Judge Paul Zellerbach is apparently a big baseball fan. So take him out to the ball game, take him out with the crowd? Actually, on second thought, don’t: A Riverside Superior Court judge who delayed the taking of a verdict in a murder trial because he was attending an Angels playoff game […]

    5 Comments / / Aug 17, 2006 at 12:06 PM
  • Lawyerly Lairs

    Lawyerly Lairs: Greta Van Susteren and John Coale’s Big Apple Crash Pad

    Lawyer-turned-news-anchoress Greta Van Susteren, and her husband, Washington lawyer John Coale, have snagged themselves a nice piece of Manhattan real estate. Yes, they’re based in DC. But when they visit NYC, they can enjoy this pied-a-terre (as described in the New York Observer): The host of Fox’s On the Record and her husband, a D.C. […]

    4 Comments / / Aug 17, 2006 at 10:34 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 8.17.06

    * They’ve arrested someone in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case — seriously. And no, it’s not the parents. [New York Times; Washington Post] * The Third Circuit has ruled that Delaware can’t discriminate between its own citizens and citizens of other states in granting access to its government documents. Wilmington file clerks, warm up your […]

    0 Comments / / Aug 17, 2006 at 8:37 AM
  • Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: August 13, 2006

    This week’s installment of Legal Eagle Wedding Watch is a little late. But we have an excuse: the New York Times wedding announcements went on forever this week! And so many of the couples getting hitched involved lawyers. Picking our contenders took us more time than usual. It was tough, but we managed to narrow […]

    1 Comment / / Aug 15, 2006 at 4:08 PM
  • Advice for the Lawlame

    Advice for the Lawlame: Why Are Lady Lawyers So Bitchy?

    Before you call us sexist and let slip the dogs of war, please note that the question in the title of this post isn’t ours. Rather, it’s a question submitted to one of the NYLawyer.com advice columns, by a female attorney. Here’s the complete query: I am a female associate, and I wonder if I’m […]

    0 Comments / / Aug 15, 2006 at 2:53 PM

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