Ed. note: Above the Law will be dark on Thanksgiving and on a reduced publishing schedule on Friday, November 28, while we recover from turkey-induced comas.
* Holy backfire Batman! Florida desperately wanted to display a nativity scene in the State Capitol because it’s more important than making real laws. Now they’re probably going to be forced to display a scene from the Satanic Temple. [Slate]
* Researchers assert that college prestige has no bearing on the quality of the teaching. Would this carry over to law schools? [TaxProf Blog]
* The National Bar Association, representing predominantly African-American attorneys and judges, has issued a response to the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown shooting. [The National Bar Association]
* Speaking of Ferguson, apparently the investigator listed Darren Wilson as the “victim.” If you needed any more evidence of the power of semantics. [Lowering the Bar]
* The CATO Institute talks about the First Amendment and One, Inc. v. Olesen. It’s an hour-and-a-half panel discussion. Pretty impressive for a 24-word (plus one citation) decision. [C-SPAN]
* Is it a lie? Well, that depends on what your definition of “lie” is? [Dorf on Law]
* Are over the knee boots appropriate office attire? [Corporette]
* 8 women who left the law to follow their passions. [One 400]
* Grand juries rarely let someone go without an indictment unless it’s a cop. Apparently pigs do not make for ham sandwiches. Instead of wishing for another rubber stamp indictment, this may be a good time to demand that everyone benefit from such skeptical grand juries. [FiveThirtyEight]
* Well that’s an interesting name… [Legal Juice]
* Have you written a thank you note lately? Probably not. But you should. [What About Clients?]
* Maybe you should ditch that temp legal job and go into PR? [Law and More]
* Kinney Recruiting expands its operations to Chicago. [Kinney Recruiting]
Firm decides to be a team player and match the Simpson scale.
But before the complaint is over we learn about how great Florida State is at football and get a review of world literature.
* 2014 Moot Court rankings. Florida Coastal? Really? Good for them. [The National Jurist]
* Young lawyers are making legal mobile apps. Great, now I’m going to start getting notifications about helping friends out with their LawVille game. [TaxProf Blog]
* Judge sends motivational tweet, no big deal. No judge sends motivational tweet DURING A MURDER TRIAL, now there’s something! [Legal Cheek]
* A number of law professors filed a brief supporting the NCAA in the Ed O’Bannon antitrust appeal. What do you know, there’s actually someone out there supporting the NCAA. [CBS Sports]
* Cooley LLP is representing Immigration Judge Ashley Tabaddor in an interesting lawsuit against the DOJ. Judge Tabaddor is Iranian-American, and the DOJ ordered her off all cases involving Iranians based on her heritage. That… doesn’t sound right. [Cooley LLP]
* Ron Collins kicks off a multi-part series on Judge Richard Posner. [Concurring Opinions]
* English was William F. Buckley’s third language? Huh. Never knew that. [What About Clients?]
* David and Elie appeared on Power Lunch today to discuss bonus season. Video below. [CNBC]
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has changed the way it calculates job openings in the legal profession and claims we’ll have more jobs than law grads by 2016.
Biglaw firms are falling all over themselves to hand out money today.
* A breakdown of Thomas M. Cooley’s bar passage rate. It’s… about as depressing as you’d expect. [Third Tier Reality]
* Rapper being prosecuted on the argument that he benefitted from gang activity because the gang’s exploits made his rap music more popular. What the hell? [Popehat]
* The state of the clerkship hiring process gets mixed reviews from Yalies. [Yale Daily News]
* UNC is looking for a new dean. You know, if you’re interested in becoming a dean. [The Faculty Lounge]
* The Flash and res ipsa loquitur. [The Legal Geeks]
* Fun fact: people interested in the law also seem to love anchovy paste and Destiny’s Child. At least in the U.K. [Legal Cheek]
* The Marshall Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization devoted to criminal justice reform, just went online. Check ‘em out. [The Marshall Project]
* Don’t overdo it when you go about “thinking like a lawyer.” [Law and More]
* The long-running, racist soap opera in Manhattan state court takes a new turn. After playing a key role in the events that led to the ouster of the top aide to the New York County Clerk, Justice Milton Tingling has applied to be the new New York County Clerk. [WiseLaw NY]
* In light of Speaker Boehner’s new lawsuit over Obamacare, this is a good time to look back at this interview with Laurence Tribe evaluating Boehner’s chances. [Coverage Opinions]
“There are so many facets that go into creating a business from the ground up,” said Southard. “We needed someone to help us look at the big picture and prioritize what was most important.”
Everything wrong with the U.S. News ranking methodology in one post.
* Charles Manson is getting married. Have folks uncovered his registry yet? Or is this just hilarious trolling? [Lowering the Bar]
* No, Tim Tebow did not get arrested soliciting a prostitute, no matter what your Facebook feed tells you. It’s obviously false. I watched his pro career, he can’t score for money. [Snopes]
* Remember the lawyer who dressed up like Thomas Jefferson and declared himself “incompetent” at his own disciplinary hearing? Well, now we have video of this insane argument. [Above the Law]
* Take the quiz: Drug or Pokemon character. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]
* Prosecutor wants to withdraw evidence rather than reveal how the cops got it. That doesn’t sound shady at all. [Slate]
* Professor Richard Sander keeps riding that “affirmative action is bad because it lets in dumb (minority) kids” train. [TaxProf Blog]
* Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Hsu interviews Tae Hea Nahm, a former partner at Wilson Sonsini who moved from law to venture capitalism. [Hsu Tube]
* Bloomberg BNA launches a new product, Bloomberg Law: Banking, to provide legal and business intelligence for banking professionals. [Bloomberg BNA]
* Buffalo attorney Alfonzo Cutaia took time lapse video of the Lake Erie lake effect from his office window. It’s gone viral, and it’s pretty clear why. That’s some messed up weather right there. [YouTube]
Justice Scalia has the right to bear an electric guitar — or at least a Guitar Hero prop — and diss his fellow justices in this number.
Typos can be powerful Freudian slips offering a window into the psyche.
* First the cheerleaders went after their employers in wage and hours suits. Now strippers. And the strippers are winning. [Slate]
* Prince Harry’s ex, Chelsy Davy, has left her Biglaw gig as an Allen & Overy associate. So that’s what happens when you lose the real-life version of I Wanna Marry Harry. [Legal Cheek]
* Despite the shrill response on cable news, President Obama’s executive action on immigration will be totally legal. [New Republic]
* DOJ seeks to disqualify anyone who knows about all the DOJ’s misconduct. Clever trick! [New York Observer]
* If you’re doing contract work, you could stave off the boredom or you could go the failed mobster route and be a rat. [Law and More]
* Somewhere along the line, obvious puffery turned into false advertising suits and it’s costing some companies big bucks. [Corporate Counsel]
* The latest in litigation financing: crowdfunding your lawsuit. [TechCrunch]