Posts by Joe Patrice
* After two laid-off professors sued Charleston School of Law, a judge has issued an injunction reinstating professor Nancy Zisk. Things really aren’t going Charleston’s way, but remember to look on the bright side: they may get a Starbucks! [SC Lawyers Weekly]
* Attorney’s hit and run did not constitute a crime of moral turpitude because he was blackout drunk. One more reason to stay thirsty, my friends! [Legal Profession Blog]
* Lawyers can’t speak English good. [Lawyerist]
* What should be required to vote on a Supreme Court decision? [Concurring Opinions]
* There’s never really a good excuse for handcuffing an 8-year-old like this school rent-a-cop did. Also, did you know the only way to handcuff an 8-year-old is to cuff his upper arms? You do after reading this. [Daily Mail]
* As we hear more about the labor conditions building stadiums in Qatar, this white paper focuses on the unfortunately still modern challenge for in-house lawyers with an international reach: expanding due diligence to uncover slavery rings. [Thomson Reuters]
* Douglas Kennedy’s lawyers were disqualified for trying some funny business with their medical experts. [New York Personal Injury Attorney Blog]
* Cravath partner turned screenwriter and playwright. As the play says, “the first thing we do, let’s give giant bonuses to all the lawyers.” [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* Useful practice tip: strive for excellence, not perfection. [What About Clients?]
* Richard Hsu chats with Mark Cuban about something other than how terrible the NBA refs are. [Hsu Untied]
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Maybe we shouldn’t condemn this picture as much as ask if it casts light on deeper issues.
* Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh likes hanging out with the Supreme Court. Harbaugh characterizes Justice Thomas as very enthusiastic. Seriously. This guy thinks someone else is enthusiastic. [Wall Street Journal Law Blog]
* Darren Wilson isn’t racist, everybody. I mean, he thinks black people have bad upbringings and prefers to eat out “Where it’s not a mixing pot,” but he really wants you to know he’s not racist. [Gawker]
* Whatever happened to the SCOTUS clerks of ten years ago? [Excess of Democracy]
* How terrifying is Heien v. North Carolina? Cops are now stopping people for air fresheners and using it as a pretext to search the car… and courts are approving it. [The Marshall Project]
* A Shearman & Sterling partner arrested in a DWI sweep. [The East Hampton Star]
* Do you use LinkedIn Pulse to grow your brand? You probably should. [Law and More]
* The true story of a prosecutor who went undercover and strapped on a wire for over 3 years to root out corruption in the judicial system. His new book is titled Operation Greylord (affiliate link). [My Fox Chicago]
* Health care discrimination against the mentally ill is illegal. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. [Vox]
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the criminal charges against their attorney general.
Bizarre and sad posting for a lawyer job.
* TSA officials in Houston are checking hundreds of sorority girl bags because the convention book — that all of them have — keeps raising red flags. Now, Underhill thinks TSA should have figured this out and stopped checking. But that’s just what those girls from ΙΣΙΣ are banking on. [Lowering the Bar]
* Don’t recommend people on the grounds that they “don’t have enemies.” It’s not a compliment unless you immediately follow it with, “… anymore.” [What About Clients?]
* The ABA tries to make it harder to game the U.S. News rankings. That doesn’t sit right with law schools. [TaxProf Blog]
* The tech industry doesn’t understand labor law. Which is weird, because you can Google that s**t. [PrawfsBlawg]
* Venable not liable for alleged puffery. The firm is just glad it can go back to being the greatest lawyers on the face of the Earth. [The Blog of the Legal Times]
* The intellectual property concerns of cosplay. Remember if you get sued, the people dressed like Daredevil and She-Hulk aren’t actually able to help you. [IP Watchdog]
* Elie discusses the Samuel DuBose killing and Pell grants. [Legal Broadcast Network via YouTube]
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Judge swats down the latest arguments in the legal drama surrounding this legal trifecta of a love triangle.
* Does the Supreme Court need an ethics code? And yes, yes it does. [The Faculty Lounge]
* James Woods is suing a Twitter troll for claiming the actor is a “cocaine addict.” They probably just misspelled “hypersensitive blowhard.” [Gawker]
* In baseball, does the “tie go to the runner”? Are you sure? [PrawfsBlawg]
* Tom Brady provides that rare opportunity for sports fans to care about forum selection clauses. But the best part of this story is the comment: “Out of habit, the NRA filed an amicus brief on behalf of the NFL when they heard ‘Clinton’ & ‘Brady’ in the same sentence.” It’s refreshing when commenters are funny. [Deadspin]
* If you think academia can be a cushy job, you should see what retiring from academia looks like? [TaxProf Blog]
* A comprehensive snapshot of the business record of the Roberts Court. [Constitutional Accountability Center]
If you didn’t think Lorde’s Royals would make the perfect vehicle for reaching out to whistleblowers, you weren’t thinking hard enough.
A copyright troll may be singing a different tune after this week.
* Judge uses hearing to take out lost luggage irritation on airline appearing before him. [Legal Cheek]
* Law schools should teach entrepreneurship, because students should be learning something they can apply when the job market turns up empty. [Tax Prof Blog]
* Meet Dylann Roof’s defense counsel, David Bruck. [The Marshall Project]
* Lawyer quits law and opens a brewery. Good idea. [Click on Detroit]
* Making “patently offensive racial, ethnic, homophobic, sexist, and other derogatory remarks to attorneys” nets a three-month suspension in New York. [Legal Profession Blog]
* After Bruce MacEwen expressed doubts over the usefulness of the Am Law 200 as “a conceptual category,” Kimberly Kleman, editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer, responds to the criticism. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
Parents make a little boy’s dream come true by throwing a lawyer party. Wait, what?
* “Bueller… Bueller…” Richard Hsu chats with Ben Stein. [Hsu Untied]
* NFL deflates Tom Brady’s hopes of playing a full season. [Redline]
* Can a public defender really handle 700 cases a year? Spoiler alert: No. [Mother Jones]
* About a third of the seats on the Court of Federal Claims are vacant, and a solitary Senator aims to keep it that way. Why are Republicans against getting citizens tax refunds? Shouldn’t that be their whole schtick? [Constitutional Accountability Center]
* If you’re around August 11, check out “Many Faces of Mediation: An Alternative to Courtroom Drama” at JAMS HQ in New York. [ABA]
* If you’ve been hankering for a podcast covering the U.S. Tax Court, then hanker no further. [U.S. Tax Court Podcast via iTunes]
* A proposal for expanding the U.S. News Diversity Index. [Iowa Law Review via SSRN]
* The continuing tribute to commenter Partner Emeritus rolls on. This time delving into my favorite Baby Boomer trope: lame excuses for skipping out on Vietnam. [What About Clients?]
* Talmage will be moderating a panel at the ABA Annual Meeting featuring Judge Posner, William Landay, and Laura Caldwell. The panel will also include our own David Lat, discussing Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Supreme Ambitions]
When you think about it, why aren’t judges citing “The Wire” all the time?